Hello. I’ve convinced myself that this hilarious-looking thing might be a worthwhile tool.
I haven’t found any other dedicated threads for it here on Lines. Maybe for a reason.
I want to ask what people’s experience with these things are. I’ve read “oh, I learned sequencing on this thing!” a few times by now. And I’ve heard the stock tubes sound awful. Not sure what that really means. High noise floor and such, which I don’t mind at all. I don’t plan on making prestine crystal-clear anything on it.
I’m not in the market for a fancy sampler like an Octatrack. I know I wouldn’t use most of its functions. I’m more interested in getting simple rythmic structures with custom-samples. I want to, as everyone these days it seems, try to get just a bit away from the computer and try to work more with rhythms, which I haven’t done in a long time. Maybe get something resembling a simple live-set going.
As with almost any gear, many - if not most - videos on youtube and the likes featuring the unit is not something I’d use it for. Seems like it is/was big with certain styles of techno. The only one I’ve ever seen use it, whose music I admire, was Mika Vainio. It seems like it was his main sampler and rhythmbox. And what glorious music came out of that. It’s a sampler, so of course it’s all about what the hell is put on it. I’ve watched a few youtube tutorials on it and it seems somewhat versatile and very fun to use. Not that I wish to or think I am able to copy Vainio, but I’ve got great milage out of my function generators, a cheap reverb unit and a mixer to do manual mute-unmute envelopes and recording one-shot samples. I’d love a sampler, not a fan of working with that material on a computer to be honest.
So. How is it to work with in this day and age? I know it uses the smart media format, which is still available used. Not sure if the sample-loading software works with modern macOS? I’m on High Sierra 10.13.6 and don’t plan on updating this old laptop ever again if I can help it.