I think you are onto something here! I’ve had the machine for two weeks and I am having a lot of fun exploring the different engines. One aim was to nail a cymbal sound. Using just the synth engine alone wasn’t hitting the spot. Next, and chronologically on the panels layout, is the sample section. I add a sample to taste. I think I am going to try a different way after reading your good advice and try adding the sample last. Just for the purposes of one of my favourite things ever - experimentation.
At the moment, after adding a sample and getting closer to the cymbal I wanted to hear it was time to run it out of the RYTM to external gear. I tried it through the DD500 and into the RV500. It was sounding pretty good, unlike the hihats that I was also experimenting with at the time. Then I tried them on a THRU track on the OT and it was better still. I set up a neighbour track and hey presto… What d’you know… really, really nice cymbals!
My aim is to play live too, I’d love to just use one box and maybe through practice and experimentation I’ll be able to.
Using the OT and other fx boxes really helped me to nail sounds I wanted to hear. I thought my the hihats would sound top notch being ran through the DD500 and RV500 but I only got floating hihats using the OT’s delay and reverb.
To the OP, do you have any of your live set recorded? Where are you based? It’d be fun to hear them. It would give everyone a better idea of the type of techno you are shooting for… you say ‘normal’ drums but it doesn’t really define the exact sound.
It’s a shame to hear something like your Gearslutz comment btw.