yes to all , though now theyre competing with other desktop devices and how that market has developed i dont think its unreasonable for some of the recent requests , many are not ‘quirky odd’ requests , they’re pretty standard … considering theyre lining up another few devices i hope theyre on a steep learning curve to ensure those are successful.
i dont recall having an issue with the mc202 though it was 20 years ago and i bought a kenton box for midi.
the avalon has a lot more options under the hud which makes it a little tricky with many key combo buttons , the screen on the manther should help , assuming it was going to show all the info (which is doesnt at the moment)… but when you try setting up a specific filter value , slide length , gate time on the avalong it takes a little while to get to grips with it … personally i never mess with some of it , just kept it simple with filter offset and some global tweaks).
there is a small but important difference with manther to much of the elektron machines.
with probability , you select the probability you would like , THEN press the steps to apply it onto.
you dont select the steps (either singularly or individually) and THEN … select the probability.
this can be the same with gate length , delay , repeats … you select the value with an encoder and then press the steps you want that value on.
and glide is another method , you can record it in , i think hold the step and dial it in , but you cant select it as a step parameter (e.g. making step length longer than 100% to extend into the next step). I’d love them to add it to the menu system for each to have a graphical way to edit them (glide , morph , delay time , regen , depth).
and finally the quirky thing for me was.
if you record automation on a parameter , the entire sequence becomes fixed to that value , and if you want any changes you have to record those in.
its not like elektron in which you might ‘lock’ in values on a specific step but on the others theyre still responsive to parameter movements… this was as instant ‘that weird … ok … i guess’
in some terms its simple too , you dont have patches , you just have whats in the sequence , you can load sequence A01 and then select a bass patch … if you have a nice sound and you want another sequence , you’ll need to copy it to another location and add the new set of notes that you want.
minor point for me is the how of moving around the menu system , i’d like them to add the option of ‘back to main sub menu’ by pressing the value button too , its minor but the current workflow is unintuitive sometimes… dial i in a value and while you hand is also on that encoder press it to go back to the menu , instead of swapping to the other button to go back… i know this is very much my brain getting into ui/ux designer mode and not something 99%+ of people care about or would consider being wrong.
so in general I’m kind of glad that others are reaching similar conclusions , either we’re all a bit mad , or I’m actually alright…
as mentioned too , i may just sequence with elektron , seems a shame theyve done all that work when maybe a sound module mightbe been easier for them to do in terms of getting into newer synth territory.
interesting to find something where you think ’ elektron are still ahead of the game’ with sequencing , despite all the calls for song mode etc etc etc (thats for another thread).
it should be way easier to learn than a 202 , that was 30 years ago , on a tiny 8 bit digital screen , saving to cassette tape … if anyone used that as a marketing tagline , it’d be laughed out of the synth pool (or wherever synth people hang out)