The term originally presented by Roland corporation
on their MC-303 now more generically refers to a standalone instrument that includes a combination of any of a drum machine
, a synthesizer
or a sampler
along with a music sequencer
and a combination of knobs (potentiometer
or rotary encoder), sliders and buttons that allow a musician
to control and construct a pattern
or a song
consisting of the more than one such sequence
chained together in a live or immediate way.
A groovebox is similar to a music workstation except that it doesn't have a keyboard and generally includes more user controls.
"Groovebox" type instruments include: