Currently I’m using some other samplers in my setup, and coming from the Octatrack audio editor in which I’m very familiar, none of them come close to the functionality and ease of use for editing audio.
I’d say the only exception is the OP-1, even though it lacks a lot of the Octatrack functionality at least is fairly direct and simple to use.
On other gear things like setting start and end points are nowhere near as precise or efficient, and viewing and zooming often isn’t satisfactorily implemented.
None handle slices as well as the Octatrack, and don’t have all the other things like fades, cut/paste sections, silence section, rotate start position and so on. I think I’d have to say that outside of a computer, the audio editor in the Octatrack is unsurpassed, at least on the other samplers I have used, which is quite a few.
The Toraiz SP16 slice mode is a total pain to use compared to the OT, it has a very nice screen and decent zoom level on both horizontal and vertical axis, but trying to get non clicking slices on a 4 bar bass loop has taken me probably 20 minutes, which on the Octatrack would take less than a minute or two.
I’d be interested to hear how things like the MPC live and MC-707 are in this regard, not that I’m considering getting either of them, but they are both samplers that I’d expect to be fairly comprehensive at editing audio (as I expected the SP16 to be), is this the case or not?