reasons why i will most likely invest in a Live to work alongside with the OT:
the Akai Live’s very different workflow would be a refreshing contrast and complement to the OT workflow.
also: different effects to choose from, simply more spice for the palette of colours to work with.
the Octatrack’s Midi side, although surprisingly powerful, super tight, and very creative, compared to the initial presentation of no more than four notes in a chord, same-velocity for all notes in a chord … does have one limitation of four-bar sequencing at a time, and no multitracking option.
so the Live’s more impressive and comprehensive implementation of midi sequencing with the extra length is quite a desirable feature.
for playing audio samples/stems longer than 4 bars, it is moderately easy to achieve with the OT’s individual track length feature. and yet i think the Live’s workflow is somehow going to be more immediately encouraging to recording longer 16 bar melody or vocal takes.
the Live has a big visual screen for checking out the waveforms and so forth.
the Octatrack has the mega-funky power of P-Locks, implemented with all the impressively tight timing and quirky-yet-logical sensibility that only Elektron knows how to bring.
i was planning on a second Octatrack, and yet if the Live works properly and syncs perfectly with the OT as Master Clock/Start-Stop signal, then it would be a difficult choice. Most likely go with the OT-Live combo, at least to try it out.
the OT is the main game though imho.
and with the Akai’s capacity to allow usb data connection with the OT, well that is next-level cool functionality turnkey studio rocking celebration!