I’m enjoying my M:S on its own but I’m curious about pairing it with a desktop synth, drum machine or something else. I love the sequencer and it’s a brilliant machine for improvising messing around and jamming with techno (I use the word loosely) beats but I’d love to try driving a synth or some other desktop sound source (not a computer) from the sequencer.
I’ve had a look around it seems that there aren’t many multi-timbral desktop synths, at least that aren’t very expensive, so I’m trying to work out what would pair well. I suspect that a new Model:Something is coming (let’s not go down that rabbit hole) but in the meantime I’d be open to suggestions for something fun that I can sequence with my M:S or that has it’s own sequencer so that the two can be synced together.
I’ve been looking at other grooveboxes and standalone machines like MC-101 or even MPC One as sound modules they seem powerful but lacking in tactile control and perhaps my M:S knobs can be mapped to their parameters. In particular, the MPC One makes me think that it’s possible to fit a lot of digital music power into a low-priced box so I wonder if there will be other machines like it forthcoming. I prefer step sequencing to finger drumming paradigm but I’m impressed by the sampling and processing power in that box - will other companies step up and make something more oriented towards performance and jamming at a similar price point?
Can MC-101 be used as a sound module? It’s pretty cheap and although it doesn’t have endless rotaries (jumping parameters on different tracks) my M:S has endless rotaries so if I can map them it might make a great combination.
Anyway I’m rambling now but I figure that there must be something fun that I could drive from my M:S (or pair with it) and I’d love some suggestions. I don’t want to spend a fortune but I’m trying to be open-minded.