So im a guitar player for a dozen of years that also produces electronic, hip hop, ambient music in ableton, including sampling my own sounds etc… For a while now, I’ve been wanting to get some music done but away from the computer. For that I started eyeing some groovebox, synths and then found some other cool stuff etc etc…
In all my researches I’ve been stumbling in these two machines to introduce me to the DAW-less world which seem to me would give me really cool possibilities.
- Roland MC 707. I can see the similarities with Ableton, I like the new updates for sampling and slicing, I like the sound design synth possibilities. Maybe not so fond about the sounds it comes with cuz I’m more into sharp and not so much retro or old school sounding synths but with 3000+ sound presets + the ability of go deep into customization seem to me like it would be fun and possible creatively limitless. I also love the individual track controls but would maybe like some more knobs directly routed to synth parameters.
- Elektron Octatrack. This one seems much harder to learn and learning curve needs a lot of time of manual diving plus tutorials etc buuuuut it seems like it can produce stuff that is creatively unachiavable with the MC. I like the fact you can start with one sample and twist and turn here and there and get crazy sounding designs with the ability to control Parameter Locks look so much fun… …when you understand what youre doing.
I do understand the purpose of both is waaaaay different but I can find them (MC 707 and OT mk1) used for the same price. Was just wondering what do you think considering it would be my first DAW-less hardware gear for music production.
Excited to get either one though!
PS: menu diving is not a problem for me.