I am def. decided on selling my MDUW+. After having it for over a year, I've realized it just doesn't do it for me. However, I'm starting to struggle with what I should replace it with, and so I figured I'd ask y'all. I have a MM, A4, and OT. I plan on using those 3 boxes plus possibly a 4th for live shows. The MM and A4 would be melodies and FX, and the OT would be samples (melodic/percussive for more organic sound). I'm considering getting another OT, DT, or AR to act as JUST a drum machine. Here are my thoughts.
Pros: Dope drum synthesis. Sample layering. Individual outs. Great sequencer. COnditional trigs
Cons: Mono samples. Not much sample editing on board. Pain in the ass sample transfer (from what I've heard from others). No live sampling. No external sequencing (means I can't program a dope pattern and then record it to my DAW for later tweaking, which I love doing with my MM and OT). Limited FX. 1GB drive.
Pros: MIDI Out. Great sequencing. Sampling mangling and recording. I already love my current OT. As much space as the CF card can handle.
Cons: No conditional trigs!!!!! Only 4 outputs. No synthesis. 1GB drive. Can't put delay/reverb on the first FX slot.
Pros: Conditional trigs. Great screen. Small footprint. CTRL-ALL
Cons: No song mode (I'd need this for my live sets). Mono samples. No individual outs. No synthesis. 1GB drive. No individual FX (esp. delay/reverb).
I love my OT and with all the samples I have (from the AR, MD, and other stuff), I'd basically have a dedicated drum sampler/sequencer that I could resample and go nuts with it. The DT seems great because of the conditional trigs, which I love on my A4, but the other limitations make me wonder if it's to expensive for what it is given that the OT prices have come down so much. While I am selling the MD, if the DT incorporated the MD synthesis, I think I'd pick it up simply because I hate the SRR to 12bit on the MD. The AR seems like my first choice as I love sound design, but I wonder if I'll be underwhelmed with the sample aspect of it. I can accept that I won't be doing live sampling with it.
I'm sure I'll get a plethora of different opinions here, so I'd appreciate people providing reasons for their opinions.