@DimensionsTomorrow The Rytm and A4 are pretty different machines and of course everyone has a different definition of what a “good workflow” means to them. For me, a good workflow is one that is fast and fun. Some people consider the A4 to be fast and fun, but I am not one of those people. The trade-off is that the A4 can do things that are impossible on most analog synths that have more direct controls.
That’s my opinion of the A4 by itself. But since you already have a Digitakt, that will significantly improve the workflow of an A4 if you sequence the A4 via the Digitakt. You can get polyphony from the digitakt with a Retrokits RK002 cable so the A4+Digitakt team becomes quite strong in that scenario.
For me, hands-on controls like knobs and sliders are far better than encoders when it comes to a synthesizer. For a sampler, I like encoders just fine so I enjoy the Digitakt with its encoder-based interface whereas I find it unappealing to have encoders on the A4 because it’s a synth. Keep in mind that I’ve been producing electronic music for over 20 years now so I’m very clear on what I like because I’ve tried every way of doing things over the years. But I learned more from buying gear that wasn’t right for me than I ever would have learned by just getting everything right the first time, so I believe it’s good to make some mistakes.
When in doubt, just trust your gut. If you feel excited by the A4, go buy one and find out. If you feel significant doubt, then consider another option. Either the A4 will be a great fit for you or you can learn some things from it and move on until you find the right piece of gear. I’ve had a lot of fun over the years buying the wrong gear. It’s a big part of discovering your own personal style/workflow imo. It can be easy to get caught up in doing research on what to buy, but the fun comes from twisting knobs, jamming out, and creating something. Once you do that, all will become clear.
Anything that gets in the way of the fun goes out the window if I have anything to say about it. But my way is not the way for everyone, just what I’ve found to work for me. You’ll have to find what works for you, and that’s part of the artist’s journey which we all must travel as best we can.