Already tried the 1000. Antiquated sequencing/editing, bad pads, the sampling engine is … not great … and clunky UX. Lost money on $100’s in upgrades since the One came out and drove the value way down. Can pay the same amount and get a used One. Can’t expect that to be “simpler”, but maybe “easier”? (I’m actually more interested in the Live than the One so a little more expensive.)
Ableton+Reason is my default and I’m OK sequencing my MD and NL3 from that. The things I hate the most are having to figure out MIDI connections when things aren’t hooked up the same way and … the fact that it is on a computer, which is without fail the cause of 90% of problems and delays before and during a set. Every. Single. Time.
I’m not going to rush into anything but MPC is looking like the way to go when I have the extra scratch.
I really would like a simple cheap(er) device that can function like an Elektron device but has “real” sequencing. Not a step-sequencer with short sequence length, micro-timing and retrigs. (The step sequencer has its pluses, but I won’t get into that.) Throw in simple on-the-bar audio clip arrangement and you’re golden. Doesn’t need to be a full DAW loaded with plugins or a touchscreen, just a sample-based composition and performance device. Although it would be pretty handy if it did have a screen and you could use a mouse with it . Or maybe if it had HDMI out!
IDK, maybe companies figured that once you’re going down that road, users are going to want all the bells and whistles …
I’ve been working on-and-off on a RasPi-based battery-powered looping MIDI sequencer with the features I want, as a “player” … maybe I just realized that it should also have sampling …
I’ve ready about that, pretty much took it off my list forever because there’s just no way for them to improve things with the limited processor. The UI looks choppy on top of it. Not optimal for a live setting.