To bring this back on the topic I started, I had a moment the other day where I brought out the Digitakt again to just experiment with Midi Conditional Trigs into the Prophet 6. I’d never explored those before, nor made proper use of the Midi sequencer other than a way to record more complex sequences from the Prophet that I didn’t have the patience to learn, and get it right through live recording.
Dear lord, how those conditional trigs made the Prophet shine. And it was quite radiant to begin with. To have one midi track apply conditional notes as well as parameters - in this case, the amp sustain, filter resonance and cut-off, sub-oscillator volume and hi pass filter cutoff - made me realise how remarkable Elektron’s instruments are when you find these depths, disregarding my own increasingly growing distance from them.
It wasn’t just that the sequencer in the Digitakt is quite capable as is, it was the fact that it made the Prophet perform tricks that just wouldn’t be possible in any other way, and how responsive the Prophet was to those tricks. As it if had been yearning to be played not only as a damn fine keyboard, but as an instrument capable of amazing nuances and organics, if it was pushed in those directions.
It didn’t make me change my mind, but it did reinforce the notion I have that Elektron’s instruments really are in a league of their own.