Bit of a long winded ranty post here - but suffering from a dose of gear lust at the moment and feeling a bit stuck…again!
It speaks to the age old problem a lot of us are having - leaving the laptop behind and trying to create the best hardware set up to suit our needs. Problem is - those requirements are changing every few months and I can’t keep up with it… financially & emotionally… ( I blame youtube mostly)
The problem always occurs somewhere in the Sequencer / Sampler / Looper area… I am very happy with my instruments - Guitars / Synths / Piano etc… Had them forever and don’t lack creative inspiration with any of those… It just feels there is always a break in the line when it comes to the other gear.
Over the years Iv’e gone through many looper pedals - sequencers and samplers and made a lot of great recordings with them…
Currently - with the Polyend SEQ, Boomerang Looper & Elektron Digitakt.
All amazing in their own right. Please don’t get me wrong…
Unfortunately though, they all have their limitations and aren’t really communicating with one another they way I had hoped… and obviously there is a bit of real-estate being held up in them - so I could swap them out for some other gear. (god - we sound like spoilt brats when we say things like that)
I am very much interested in the Octatrack MK2 with a foot controller - ‘and or’ the new Strymon Volante.
Would I miss the Digitakt sound and simplicity? Would I miss the “what you see is what you get” with the Polyend SEQ? Will I miss the sound quality of the loop phrases on the Boomerang pedal?
These are the things I wonder… Or am I over thinking?
I’m not trying to replace a DAW or anything. I happily & easily record what I do through an A&H ZED R16 straight into my DAW and work on them from there… This doesn’t need to change.
I’ll leave it there for now to get the conversation going…
Any input would be happily received and if you feel like sharing a similar experience. Please do… I’m sure I’m not the only one in this position.
Thanks for reading