Yeah, the MC-303 and company are good examples - you can usually tell these because the advertising is focused on "dance music! In a box!" or "hip-hop! In a box!" handy-dandy-touch-a-button-does-it-all-wonderbox hype. The 808 I wouldn't classify in that way because A. it's not some kind of all-in-one prefab-sound-in-a-box box, and B. as much as it's strongly associated with certain styles now, that only happened some time after its release, when pioneers of those styles decided they liked it for what it was - it wasn't created as a one-touch rap/hip-hop/etc. machine.moremagic wrote:what exactly is 'style in a box' ? all that comes to my mind is limited 90s digital tech. the sort of goofy crud like the mc-303 and sp-202 which were just really cheap limited versions of more capable products, so they marketed them as entry level stuff and whatever.
were the korg electribes 'style-in-a-box'?
what about the 808?
Oh, don't get me wrong: a suitably creative person can use just about anything to suit whatever purpose they like. It's not that I think they're unsuitable for anything else, it's the whole idea of selling prefab art machines that turns my stomach. It'd be like if art stores all started trying to sell paint-by-numbers kits as the Latest and Greatest that everyone should buy and turning up their nose at the notion of furthering support for oil and canvas.Stab Frenzy wrote:Anyone who can't make any kind of music with a groovebox is limited not by the equipment they're using but by their own abilities.