Probably not what you want to hear but don’t buy anything is my advice u TIL you e turned the OT inside out. Completely the opposite of what I have done lol I am speaking from experience. I had a lot fun searching for gold in used goods stores and now I am having lots of fun focusing on production with specific pieces of hardware.
I was writing this to you this morning but it looks like my ideas seemed to have reached you by your recent posts lol
Overall, it’s a very open ended question. Maybe dedicated effects would be better for samples you may or may not have bought? Maybe a versatile synth that is capable of supplying your OT with all the necessary sounds you need to make the music you want?
After going from a big set up for one guy to a smaller set up I am much more focused. I’ve been working hard to be as streamlined as possible with a home setup and a retractable set up for live. My goal for live performance has always been, since I started on this journey quite some years ago, to play live with as little as possible whilst adding as much colour and depth to a live sound as possible. I don’t know what your final goal is but I can’t recommend the RYTM enough.
Like you said, you can use the synths on your apps to feed the OT… of course… and I’m sure that will be amazing. For me, I am a sucker for analog and drum wise I haven’t played with anything like the RYTM. I think the OT+RYTM is a belter of a combo! The sound design on the RYTM nails it for me. I am having so much fun synthesising my own analog drums. I had a lot of fun on the MD but there is a big difference in the end result. And that comes down to a letter of taste.
I’ve really enjoyed reading through all the replies on this post. Everybody has and is walking a different path. It’s nice pondering how you all have got to this specific point you are at now.
My last on the RYTM; it’s such a great box. 4 dual VCO engines plus the filter etc mean I can produce almost any sound. Plus the other engines, PLUS the added sample I can layer into any analog voice. Sample those into the OT for mixing down and resampling, arranging and performing and that’s it!
Finally, I do think a box that produces sound or your iPad apps are very important for getting your signature sound and for the OT. Autechre with their MD and MM, SOPHIE utilising the Monomachine to its full extent, and countless other artists making the most of their hardware boxes and getting amazing results with them. A hardware box compared to an app is the way for me.
Sorry if my reply is messy. It’s a busy commute to and from work!