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The term "audio sequencer" or "audio sequencing" seems to be not clearly defined (not defined on wikitionary), because it is relatively new expression.
Digital audio workstation (DAW), Hard disk recorder – An class of audio software or dedicated system primarily designed to record, edit, and play back digital audio, first appeared in the late 1970s and emerging since the 1990s. After the 1990s–2000s, several DAWs for music production were integrated with music sequencer.
In today, "DAW integrated with MIDI sequencer" is often simply abbreviated as "DAW", or sometimes referred as "Audio and MIDI sequencer", etc. On the later usage, the term "audio sequencer" is just a synonym for the "DAW".
Tracker (music software), A class of software music sequencer with embedded sample players, developed since the 1980s. Although it provides earlier "sequence of sampling sound" similar to grooveboxes and later loop-based music software, its design is slightly dated, and rarely referred as "audio sequencer".
Loop-based music software, A class of music software for Loop-based music compositions and remix, emerging since late 1990s. Typical software included ACID Pro (1998), Ableton Live (2001), GarageBand (2004), etc. And now, several of them are referred as DAW, resulting of the extensions and/or integrations.
Its core feature, pitch/time manipulation allows user to handle audio samples (loops) with the analogy of MIDI data, in several aspects; user can designate Pitchs and Durations independently on short music samples, as on MIDI notes, to remix a song.
This type of software really control sequence of audio samples, thus, possibly we can call it "audio sequencer".
This technique is possibly referred as "audio sequencing".
Possibly it may be one origin of "audio sequencing".
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- MusE – The open source sequencer, "MusE is a MIDI/Audio sequencer with recording and editing capabilities ..."