Morning all. Hope you’re all having a good Monday.
So my ongoing saga of what new gear to get continues. I’m leaning towards getting into eurorack and a lot of people seem to suggest that a semi-modular device is a great way to get started, not least because you get a lot for your money and it’s a good way to dip your toe in that water. I’ve had my Digitakt for about a month or so and although it’s a great device I’m already getting frustrated at having to import samples into it and trying to find sources of sounds. I have plenty of samples but I think another issue is that they inherently sound a bit static and not very organic. I’m also becoming frustrated with not having a knob-per-function interface. I think this is a big one for me because I’ve gone totally cold on using DAWs and software and what I really want is immediacy to jam and have fun. Actually creating finished tracks is very much secondary to me, and I may record my jamming but I have no interest in spending hours mixing and “producing” music with software for release. It’s a hobby for me, and that stuff just milks all the enjoyment out of it for me.
Anyway, I digress. I wanted to get some opinions about DFAM and perhaps getting a 2-tier case so I can have a DFAM and an additional 60hp that I can start with for eurorack modules. Maybe just some simple FX to start with and possibly something to expand the sequencing of the DFAM beyond the 8-step sequencer. I love the possibilities of polymetric stuff (if that’s the right word) and things like Euclidean sequencing so I can have endless non-repetitive modulations and beats.
The videos I have watched for the DFAM really make it look like a great and fun device for just making experimental beats and noisy rhythms that have a lot of life and a very organic sound. The stuff I’ve come up with using my Digitakt is OK but using one-shot drums does tend to make stuff a bit “flat” to my ears. Again, this is not a criticism of the box itself but perhaps just a mismatch of what I want to achieve (in terms of music and enjoyment) and what the strength of the device is. On a related note - I am VERY impressed with the hip-hop, ambient and downbeat music people are producing here with the DT. But I think it may not be the best choice for jamming and creating techno and “electronic” sounding music.
So - opinions on DFAM as a eurorack gateway? And perhaps then building on that with a few modules over time? A good way to get started?