@Anfim- I’m going to just give my comparison of the two in entirety. The answers to your questions are in here somewhere, haha!
The Club sounds WAY better than the 01A, because it’s actually analog (plus the digital oscillator) AND it also has a very nice character. So in terms of sound quality, they aren’t even close. The 01A sounds fantastic when you put it through some fx/processing though, so that’s an easy to solve problem. A real 101 blows the 01A out of the water, desipte all the youtube videos favorably comparing them, but at what price? I think an 01A + Strymon Deco or Analog Heat is a better use of money than buying a real 101 at this point. Especially for saving space for live performance. Not to mention that all those old Curtis chips are dropping like flies nowadays.
As for the envelopes, I was very happy with the Club, but the 01A has the REAL DEAL. Those envelopes are exactly how I remember my times with a real 101, and imo the 01A is worth buying just for the envelopes/cv/gate/midi. The Club has great envelopes, but the 01A (and 101) has legendary envelopes. There’s definitely a very noticeable difference. They both get the job done, and neither is capable of making good pads (of course, they’re mono synths so that’s no surprise), but when it comes to short stabby fast attack sounds used in dance music, the 01A is better, but they both can do it well.
When it comes to filters, well the 01A is serviceable, but it drops the volume of the entire instrument by like 12dB when you turn resonance up, and the filter sounds like garbage at high resonance levels imo. I never use more than 75% resonance on my 01A because I start hearing digital artifacts. With 0 resonance or lower amounts, it sounds really quite good considering what it is, and I have no trouble using it.
Now the Club filter (especially after the new OS update) is a beautiful thing to behold. High pass, Bandpass, Notch, Lowpass, contour that goes very far positive or negative, very smooth to nice and tweaky and anywhere inbetween…Not to mention that the full CC implementation allows you to modulate the filter type, which can lead to some nice things. Plus, the filter doesn’t just kill all of the bass unlike most synth filters these days (obviously it depends on the filter mode-HP is going to kill it haha).
The 01A does what a 101 does: dials in a very nice sound you can use in a couple seconds, every time. There is nowhere much to explore, it does what it can do very well full stop. The addition of 4-note poly sounds better on paper than it is in reality, but it’s great don’t get me wrong. Just don’t have visions of doing amazing pads and you’ll be happy. Unison mode is probably the best new feature (aside from MIDI and patch storage) over the real 101 imo. Chord mode is…interesting. It’s useful, but just like poly mode you start to notice the limitations of doing chords with a mono synth pretty quickly. Still, because the 01A can do chords and poly and unison, it has the capability of doing sounds that the real 101 could never dream of, so there is a bit of room to explore and make new sounds.
As for the Club, I’ve already spent over a month exploring it, and I’ve got a long ways to go. It’s a great synth to dive into and see just how far you can take it. Quite the opposite of the 01A/101 because you aren’t likely to quickly dial in an awesome sound, but when you make a patch you like on the Club, it tends to be somewhat unique. The club certainly has a distinct character to it. Having 2 sub oscillators and up to 2 noise sources is very nice, as well.
I think that the 01A/101 + Club is a perfect combo for dance music. 2 monos or 1 mono + 1 poly, it can go either way. It’s all you really need to do dance music, although I’d argue that 1 true poly for pads would help a lot.
I think we’re going to see a lot of people doing an 01A/Club combo because for live performance of dance music, it’s a dream team (assuming you do something to warm up the 01A). The 01A will stand out in a mix too much without being softened and warmed by something, but that’s easy to fix. The Club has some issues which you can read about, but none of them are keeping anyone from making music.
I prefer the ARP on the Club (it has a mode for playing notes in the played order, making the arp into a mini-sequencer), but the 01A is pretty good too. As for sequencers, I sequence them both externally, so I don’t really care. The 01A sequencer is more immediate and simple, and the Club is way more capable but not as immediate. I don’t really like either sequencer very much because I’ve been using Elektron sequencers since 2002. Hard to use anything else after that, imo.
It’s also interesting to notice the fact that the 01A is nearly all sliders, and the Club is nearly all knobs. I like that. Together they are the best of both worlds. The digital control on the 01A makes life easy, but the dry sound leaves something to be desired. The Club is a bit fiddly and needs to be warmed up for at least 30 minutes, but sounds amazing. One is shallow and immediate, the other deep and more time consuming.
I’m very happy with the combo. They both have some minor issues, but nothing I’d call a dealbreaker. I call the 101 Yang and the Club Yin. Together they will bring peace and happiness to the entire world. Or at least make some nice synth sounds.