Same here, when I bought it. I thought with the direction I was going, I needed more horsepower in my live performance rig. At a certain point, I was doing “bigger” productions and the MPC Live was a way to get some of that in live sets while maintaining the real performance aspects instead of the “push a button and dance” thing.
I was talking with another electronic music guy this morning about this very topic and we agreed that so much of this depends on the individual and what “clicks”. The MPC Live came up and he was talking about a guy he knows at YouTube who does almost all of his production in the Live, in standalone, then maybe adds some mix/master polish in Ableton. This seems fairly common, but different for me because I was focused on the MPC for live performance.
The MPC Live is an astounding value for the money. I picked up a mint one used for $750 and certainly feel like I got more than my money’s worth.
Maybe “bloated workflow” wasn’t the best choice of words. What I meant was that in comparison to the MPC Live, I feel that the Digitone lets me get to the elements of music making that I am personally drawn to, in a more focused way that’s suited toward the way my brain works. With the MPC I was starting to do less and less sample-based stuff and starting to try to work in the soft synth plugins more and more. The Digitone feels like a natural progression in my personal journey toward more purely live synthesis music.