there is no doubt i would buy all three current Elektron samplers immediately if the financial resources abstract notation indications were more somehow easily attainable. But for now, will go with the new breed Digitakt.
i guess one thing to mention about the Digitakt vs Octatrack comparison is that the Digitakt does in fact do loops, with the ever-essential feature of adjusting the loop start point. But no timestretching, and currently no slices.
Just realised that with the option of individual track lengths on the Digitakt, it is in fact quite possible to play imported loops that are longer than four bars, yay.
As i do not much enjoy the sound of timestretched content, if i was performing with the Octatrack, i would gradually build to a tempo where i have a bunch of loops in a folder at that tempo. Then play them with looping on and timestretching off.
the Digitakt is able to do exactly the same thing, except with a slightly fresher warmer sound.
but the Octatrack is able to hold 64gb of content, compared to the Digitakt's gigantic one gigabyte.
I get lost in large folder systems on hardware instruments; some people don't but i do. If only it were not so, but it is.
The one gigabyte storage is in fact quite a strenuous limitation, but it is better for my attention span compared to the 64gb media card i was planning to populate with the OT.