Thanks for the helpful replies.
After this 24h experiment I’ve concluded a few things.
The OT definitely feels like a musical instrument - in that you shouldn’t spend less than 24h with and expect to achieve meaningful results.
Also, I don’t think sampling is for me. Turns out I want something that creates sound, like a synth or drum machine, not something that replays sounds. I don’t have the patience for loading a unit with my own sounds.
I found the lack of immediacy discouraging. I know I would overcome the depth with time but I’m not sure what I would gain from it would be worth the investment.
The concept of recording tracks, trig tracks, and inputs being disparate and freely routable was too confusing. So many loose ends that actively need to be pointed somewhere useful.
I see the power but I’m not sure it’s worth the investment - $$$ or time wise.
So maybe I’ll check out the DT or the MS or the TR8S - this experiment has made me realize that I DO enjoy incorporating some organic sampled elements into what is more or less mechanical music. So there maybe some room for a sample playback unit in my setup.
Also – with the advent of a firmware update for the DN, my GAS is satisfied for a few days at least.
Thanks for your help!