i’m thinking of pulling the plug on the Digitakt and getting an MPC Live. DT does some things well; nice sequencer and control, nice sounding, overbridge; it can almost be the center of my studio but there’s few things holding it back which I didn’t expect. I know these points have been re-iterated before, but the more we mention them the more chance they’ll be noticed (maybe).
X. It was my fault that I didn’t read if FX on input is possible before I purchased it, but I really expected it at this level. I want to route my synths through it’s fx, I can only do a dry passthrough in mono now I don’t mind so much sampling in mono, but not able to route in through fx is a crazy disadvantage in this day and age in my opinion. This is a KEY lacking feature in my view… Happy to sacrifice one or even two channels of audio for this, as long as we have option to route through fx, and to pan each input left right
X. Sample management is slow and kinda confusing. I want to be able to quickly audition different stored samples on my pattern (say I want to go through many kicks stored on drive) just by turning a knob… I don’t want to go through multiple key presses each time. Say I have 50 kicks, I want to test them all out on my kick sequence in less than a minute without them taking up space in my sound pool… I can load all sounds up but then clearing them becomes a pain - maybe I’m doing something wrong? See the Akai MPC series for how easy it is to test samples.
X No eq per channel. this should not be too costly to implement. It needs to offer bit more sound tailoring - if a kick has too much bass at say 80hz, I have no way to adjust that without chopping off everything below that range. maybe I can kinda accept this thanks to overbridge, maybe
X No arp? why not? This is a must
X Sound settings are per pattern - if I change volume levels on one pattern, they are not available on the other pattern… this makes it a chore, I have to go and manually adjust things now same thing through every pattern… essentially a pattern is almost a separate project. why? I don’t think i’ve ever seen this on any other piece of hardware. Why not give a “global” settings option (by holding a combination of keys for example) that allows change for the sound settings of all patterns?
X Does’t send note off properly - but note on with 0 velocity… doesn’t play as nice with some of my midi gear… I got a Retrokits midi cable that can “fix” this, so I can live without it.
X Sound waveform editor has to offer zoom in - it’s very difficult to create smooth loop transitions.
X Transport Controls to send midi: play stop and record should send midi data so I can map them to transport controls in Logic - this way I can start/stop Logic from DT, and then Logic can do it’s thing as a master clock
X Give us some more space - I red somewhere that the disk drive might actually have more than 1GB space? - please allow us to utilise bit of extra space, my 1GB is already full - I like to sample synths and loops.
X Allow swing to be applied per track selection - or even better, allow a grouping of tracks to have it applied to. I don’t want everything swinging like crazy, including bass/pads/leads - just want the drums for example.
X Midi tracks: allow midi CC sent when pressing on the CC knobs - I really could use a button here and there to map to my synths but they don’t send midi.
X I really wouldn’t mind couple more different FX (you can give an option to pick between compressor or one of these perhaps) - flanger/phaser/chorus - something to add bit more variety and spice.
X No battery - someone else did a mod and showed there’s plenty of space for a battery inside - it’s small enough that having a battery would make it great for moving about. I’d be happy to pay for an official battery pack attachment that slots in nicely somewhere somehow
As it stands it’s a bit like getting a fine steak, but without the chips and the peppercorn sauce… or a gorgeous oled tv, but without a netflix support… or a slick ferrari with amazing interior and power, but without properly working brakes (maybe this one’s a bit much as it essentially renders the car unusable), but you get the point,