MD pros: song mode, 6 outs, great synthesis w/ booty shakin’ bass, very flexible LFOs and routing, dope retro design
MD cons: no sample editing, VERY tedious sample management, NO RETRIGS at the sequencer level, only as a synthesis parameter on only select engines if I recall, no micro-timing, copy-clear-paste don’t work across as many parameters as they do w/ DT, kind of antiquated file management
DT pros: crystal clear audio, individual track lengths, micro-timing, creative retrigging (rolls, flams), sample loop point parameter, sample playback direction parameter, sample locking, SOUND LOCKING, Overbridge (not just audio outs, but lots of control, etc), faster resampling, USB connection, USB audio drag n drop (has this been implemented yet? Is Elektron Transfer working?)
oh yeah. CONDITIONAL TRIG PROGRAMMING
OK, but to answer your q directly:
The synthesis on MD is super fun, esp the FM drums, I wouldn’t say it’s life changing, it’s definitely inspirational especially when you do a “control all” move, where a single knob tweaks parameters across several tracks at once with unpredictable results.
The reason to choose an MD over a DT is mainly if you want to have synthesis parameters be automated, by using parameter locks… DT can do this great, but there are no super exotic drum synthesis things, just sample playback, which is still pretty powerful when you have such control over sample start, loop, end, tune, and filtering.
My suggestion: get a Digitone and then a little mini eurorack enclosure with:
MIDI to CV converter with lots of CV outs. This will accept MIDI notes and CCs from Digitakt
Noise Engineering Basimilus of some sort
and maybe one more interesting plucky thing from Mutable or whomever
some small envelope generators and VCAs and a little mixer
And you’re more versatile and faster moving AND you can sample and save your fave sounds and free up the euro system for more sounds.
I keep my Machinedrum and Monomachine around as a pair because they’re pieces of art and they have a certain aesthetic when used together as a duo. But they’re not an every day tool for me anymore.