I read by someone in this forum that the Digitone is “FM synth magic” and that the Digitakt is “sampler magic”.
As a new owner of the Digitone, I have to agree that there’s something very special about this instrument and I’m having a lot of fun exploring the synth engine and learning about the unique ways a sound can morph from a preset to something entirely new - and I keep thinking “I wouldn’t even know where to begin if I wanted to create this sound effect in my DAW!” (Reason 10)
In other words, the Digitone has really added something unique to my sound palette, along with a workflow that gives me new ideas. The way Elektron is blurring the line between the synth engine and the sequencer is really inspiring and allows me to generate sounds and effects that would require a complex array of effects, instruments and automation lanes in the DAW. It’s also blurring the line between percussion and notes, and I find myself creating rhythms that I would never attempt in Kong.
But what about the Digitakt? Compared to its one-of-a-kind FM sibling, isn’t the Digitakt “just a sampler”? I’m intrigued by the idea of pairing my Digitone up with a sampler and I can see the benefit of separating the drums, bass and maybe some effects to free up more voices for pads, arps and lead sounds on the Digitone. But I’m struggling to really see the full value of the Digitakt and how it’s living up to its price tag. On paper, it actually seems to be a fairly limited sampler. No time stretching, no granular synthesis, and seemingly nothing special that would make me work with a sample in ways that I couldn’t easily do in the DAW. It’s not even sampling in stereo! And it’s limited to 16bit samples.
Overall, it just seems very limited and therefore very expensive for what it is - unless I’m missing something substantial here.
Which leads to this thread: owners of Digitakt, and preferably owners of both the Digi* machines, could you share your love with the Digitakt for me so I can appreciate the “magic” a little better? How has the Digitone changed how you work with samples compared to what you could already achieve easily in the DAW? (I’m less interested in responses from those of you who are dawless for the sake of it - I’m definitely not planning on abandoning the computer but instead see hardware as a creative extension to the DAW.)
Basically, what’s the Digitakt sampling equivalent of turning a knob on the Digitone and going “OMG I just created something completely unique and cool that I had never heard before!”
Note, this is far from a rant - as I said, I’m already a happy Digitone owner and I’m genuinely intrigued with the Digitakt too. I just struggle to see what it brings to the table that could push me into new territory if all it is is a mono sampler with another Elektron sequencer that I already own.