Hello, everybody. First post here, I would like to hear your thoughts and opinions whether or not I should get the Model:Samples.
Some background first. I’m not entirely new to making music by electronic means. Back in the late 80s I used to program a TR-505, I was a vocalist in a band and did also do the programming. The machine was not that expensive, easy to use, but also limited and the sounds weren’t the greatest.
In the 90s I worked for a while with computer, using MicroLogic and a soundmodule. It was tough, for some reason using screen and mouse kills all creativity. Recently, I gave it another try with Ableton Live, and I played a little with FL Studio. After all those years, I still don’t like to work with a computer, creating music. As a tool for other things, a computer can be great. I like to use Adobe Audition (I started wayback with Cool Edit) and did some editing and processing for friends who are in a band and record stuff in their homestudio.
Today I would like to have a tool to play with and work out some ideas. I don’t want to start with a lot of boxes all at once, just one keeping me busy for a while, that would be great. So the M:S looks really good, it might be just what I’m looking for.
It has limitations, some are not a problem. The M:S is not a sampler, but it’s not a problem to do some preprocessing with Audition, then upload it to the M:S, and afterwards do some postprocessing. The crucial step is, of course, what’s in between, the actual creation of music. I hope the M:S has enough features to do this, away from the computer. No screen, no mouse, but knobs and buttons!
But I’m a bit hesitant to buy one. From what I’ve read and heard about the M:S, almost everyone thinks it’s a really cool box that’s fun to use, on the other hand there’s a quite long list of features users are asking for in another thread. That worries me. I’m not saying the M:S should give me all I need or want the next 10 years, but I also don’t want to hit a wall after a few months already. My options seem to be: 1. just buy one and see what it does; 2. wait a while and hopefully some of the wishes current users have to get more functionality are included in a future firmware update; 3. forget about the M:S and buy something else.
What would you do? Any thoughts, ideas, very much appreciated.