Originally Posted by alexb
Thank you for the profound and thoughtful answer. Is there a simple sequencer that you (or someone) would recommend? I'm not a professional musician at all, just a bedroom warrior looking to start playing with a click which offers a wide palette of sounds.
You could try eBay and finding the old Yamaha RX5, or an older Roland R8. The only thing you'd need to worry about these older machines is maybe replacing the battery that enables the machine to remember all of it's settings. I bought the RX5 when it was new and paid a whopping $1395 for it back in 1988-89. I've seen them on eBay for $175 (sigh). Roland R8's cost a little more, are a bit younger (and better, I think), and those can range between $200 and $400, especially if you find the coveted MkII model. Definitely get one with the owner's manual, you're gonna have to figure it all out.
But wait! If you have access to a MacBook, you could just find one of those loaded up with GarageBand. It has instruments loaded into in, and you can do multitrack recording with it. That might even be easier, especially if you can find a Windows machine that has a similar program. I just know the Mac with GarageBand is super-easy! Good luck!