So I know that neither device has a really stellar record, but I’m interested in a sampler/sequencer to complete my battery powered set up
Right now I have a Novation Circuit and an SP404A. I used to have a Digitakt in this set up, but it hindered the portability a bit and I no longer have it. I am more partial to finger drumming than step sequencing, personally, although I like the benfit of step editing AFTER I’ve manually recorded.
So far I’m feeling the MPC500, although finding one with full Ram and Fatpads in decent condition is ridiculous. People seem to be selling them at very unreasonable prices considering the reviews on the item and the conditions they’re in. Otherwise, it seems the MPC500 would be the PERFECT counter part to my SP.
Truthfully, I only want it as a battery powered midi sequencer. My main draw to it is that it can be Unquantized. I hate that my Circuit is auto-quantized, and the drum micro steps still feel too robotic. I know that the Electribe is auto-quantized as well BUT it at least has built in grooves that have some life, as well as being a newer product than the 500. The fact it can export to Live is also great as I’m a long term Ableton user.
TL;DR : Anyone have experience with one or both? Which was more or less frustrating, and which should I go for? As a reference I make experimental hip-hop/ trip-hop.
Bonus Round; Anyone have either for Sale in decent condition for a reasonable price?