With tax return time coming up the wife has authorized $400-$500 to spend on gear. I’m looking for a different sketchpad. Right now I use a qy-70. I like the size, it has more usable sounds than it usually gets credit for, I can take it anywhere as long as I have batteries, and most importantly I really love the step sequencer. I’m very productive with it. However, I’m in the mood for something “better” or maybe more modern…more usable sounds, more memory (the memory on the qy70 runs out at about 6 full songs), but with a similar step sequencer. Right now I’m considering the Electribe 2 or a MC-505. I looked at the Circuit but it feels like a lot of sitting at the computer to create patches before I can get what I want out of it and I try to work OTB as much as possible. Alternatively, I’ve considered just upgrading to the qy-100 since its basically a beefed up 70 with more memory and I could keep my current work flow with no learning curve, and buying a Crave to pair with my Model D so as to expand the sounds I can create when I’m applying instrumentation to the QY’s midi.
What are your thoughts on these options? Are there any in the price range I’m overlooking?