I'll get an Octatrack one day. Ya'll are just making me a little sad talking about things I know I can't afford.
But the Blofeld, that little dude ain't too far off. In the future I'm thinking the Waldorf modules could be the saving grace in a small, portable set up. Especially the Blofeld being digital as hell could be a great sequenced pad/chord module that's tweakable and plays your 16 bar progression without eating up your sample space.
Btw everyone, after doing a ton of MPC research I'm totally snagging one of these machines. If you go with the JJOS route you get multi-timbre sampling, more midi control... it's just all around more awesome. It's really kind of mind numbing the full feature set that you get out of such a small unit with JJOS.
I had noticed the trigger finger pro previews back around Winter NAMM or whatever and it was pretty hype looking. But this article gets to the crux of the matter - an actual standalone midi step sequencer. The beatstep looked hype but that's all it is - a bunch of hype. If you have some analog/CV gear yeah, you might get something out of it if you're already tethered to the computer.
Maybe for live use you'd be better off with a second hand nord rack 2. You can play 4 different parts on it at the same time and have all the knobs in front of you for live tweaking. Blofeld has more of everything though, but the knobs are not suitable for live noodling.
Yeah, the Nord is a great live instrument because of it's multi-timbrel output. A Nord Lead rack and a Monomachine would make a really killer, small, live set up. Of course, that's also like $2k in gear.
I have the original version (has been discontinued), and hopefully they have made adjustments to the drum pads which don't have that great of a response time. You have to hit pretty hard or with a pushing motion. I've also had the opportunity to use Machine and there really is no comparison, Machine kicks this up and around the corner. I'm just talking about the drum pads alone.
Did buy a Yamaha TX81Z though. Ghetto bass, that's what's up.
Still think the MPC1000/2500 is still my most viable, price effective option. Now I'm just torn between the 1000 or the 2500 - super portable vs. king of the castle. I've been reading about JJOS and holy shit, it puts one of these boxes on par with say Roland's MV8800 - if not blowing it out the water.
Well my MPC1000 has landed and I must say I'm really happy with it. It's secondhand, has the old style pads which 3 are going way out, the right cursor is pretty worn out, and I still haven't seen/noticed/been able to use the numeric key so I don't really know if it works either.
But whatever. I got it pretty cheap and fixing MPCs seems like a pretty common thing; parts are readily available. But I'm loving how rock solid the midi is on this thing; my computer interface is the one dropping notes. Considering I've used the MV8800 by Roland a lot the sync feature of the MPC is awesome; the MV really didn't like being a MIDI slave and would lock up.
I'm still running the Akai OS but right now it's meeting my needs and I'm making my program files in a chromatic template so my projects will transfer to JJOS.
The dankest part is that on my mixer where the MPC is plugged the gain is at a 2 where my interface is at a 5 to get the same levels on the samples. I've noticed manufacturers being pretty cheap with their outputs on interfaces, my saffire 40 does some funny stuff compared to my other gear. Knowing I've got a rock-solid, bullet-proof output is super nice. Overall I'm stupid hype.