Lately I’ve been making music using a sequencer heavy workflow. This involves a Digitakt and several synths, with a granular sampler doing more textural loops underneath. I’ll occasionally record a live overdub or two, but for the most it’s all very on the grid.
While I do enjoy this process, I’d like to explore an alternate setup that’s more live and expressive. This would likely be an ambient project where I would play my synths in to a Soma Cosmos, allowing me to loop things and add layers as the piece progresses. My budget allows for the purchase of the Cosmos and one other item. Currently considering a Roli Rise, which I could buy for $500 on the secondhand market.
However I do wonder if the ROLI will really add that much more to my playing than my reliable old keystep, or if that money would be better spent on another instrument. No need for effects since I do all that in the box. Any experience people have had with this would be totally appreciated.