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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-based sequence 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: