The Zoom MS-100 BT was recently discontinued so there may be some bargains to be had. It has all the MS-70CDR stuff plus tons of amps and distortions, some of those amps sound fantastic when driven.
Because of the discontinuation all the downloadable models are now free, only problem being the download app is iPad only.
if there is no need for timestretching i would highly recommend the Digitakt. super friendly and sounds gorgeous. But it’s for practical immediate tune-making, not so much for parameter exploring like the OT is.
I have looked at the Digitakt…i think the OT with the ability to play longer samples is better for me. I have the Rytm so my drums, one shot samples are currently taken care of there, once that easy sample transfer program comes into being that will make life easier with there.
very cool, yes i’m handling the drum side of things with the Machinedrum, OT for synths, nature sounds, vocals, percussion loops, so on and so forth. Loading a few analog synth bass samples to various partitions on the Machinedrum drives to occasionally do bass within that environment alongside the drums, as it seems appropriate sometimes.
ah, the longer sample option - so very useful. also the mixer side of the OT is pretty invaluable for live or studio.
IMO you can’t go wrong with most of the Strymon or Eventide pedals. Talking Strymon … I think the three “big” boxes for time-effects are a good start for electronic music, “Big Sky” (reverb), “Time Line” (delay), and “Mobius” (chorus, phaser etc.). All boxes deliver excellent sound and different FX-variations.
How many channels/busses do you need? I would recommend to check out Allen Heath, Mackie, and Soundcraft.
If you get an OT and have not too many inputs, you can use it as a mixer too. Why not save up more and go for the “black trinity” in “gray”. If you want much sound mangling, think of a rhythm oriented box too. Eight audio tracks sometimes are limited, if we have kick, snare, HH, percussion etc. per track and want to make use of the various other OT features too.
You might start with one and end up with a collection
If you not stick to the design, the System-1 with it’s various plug-outs could also be an interesting alternative. I have the complete plug-out collection, including SH 101 and it’s really worth the money.