Hey, first post here! Wish it was on a more positive note.
So I recently sold my Machinedrum and Push 2 controller to fund an Octatrack Mk2. The rest of my setup consists of an MFB Tanzbar and a couple analog synths. I figured if I had a good sampler, I could fill the gaps and basically make most of my music live without too much stopping and starting and editing in Ableton. I’m not at the point right now where I am playing many live sets, so my main goal is to have fun making music on the fly and enjoy the sound of the music when I’m done with it.
On paper it sounded really good and had all the features that I was wanting. I liked the idea of having stereo samples, all the storage space, ability to use longer samples, and then all the bells and whistles like delay control, loop machines, more fx (the spring reverb), the cross fader, etc. I’ve been using it everyday for about 2 weeks and using the cross fader is definitely a ton of fun. Theres alot you can do with the machine, and it certainly gets the creative juices flowing.
Unfortunately there are a couple things that are bugging me and making me question my choice The first moment where I started to debate my choice was when I realized that the mutes function on an audio level, cutting out all the sound, rather than allowing the sample and fx to ring out. I found this extremely frustrating, as I typically use mutes as a way to bring track in and out. This made it nearly impossible to do that (unless you had a short, uneffected sample). I eventually got over this because I figured there was so much more the machine could do, and I eventually realized I could easily transition using patterns, scenes, parts etc. I figured I could just learn to use the machine without mutes and it was going pretty well for the most part.
I’ve spent most of my day today jamming on the Octatrack Mk2 and I’ve come to realize that I’m not that crazy about the sound! For the most part it wasn’t bugging me, but it became really evident when I tried some sampling of my synths that I own (polysix, SEM Pro). It felt like the Octatrack was sucking a bit off the life out of the synths, and making them sound worse than if I had just ran the synths into my audio interface. When I try adding reverb or other fx to the sounds they became even less desirable, loosing more of their original character without sounding lush and spacious like i had hoped.
I completely understand that after 2 weeks I don’t know much of the machine, but I guess I hyped it up to be something more. I have a hard time feeling like I can use the machine in my music like I had hoped if I don’t like the sound of the fx and how it samples sounds. At this moment I can still return my Octatrack and go buy a Digitakt instead. Originally I had decided against this for so many reasons… but now I’m debating whether the improved fx and audio engine on the digitakt will make it more useable in my music. Quite honestly it breaks my heart a little bit because I would be giving up things like the crossfader, delay control, time stretching and ability to have long stereo samples.
Am I doing something wrong with it that is resulting in my samples sounding plain and lifeless? Should I stick to the Octatrack or go with my gut, save some money and get the digitakt instead?
Any help is appreciated!