@random: Thanks a lot! I’ll check that out, the event editor reminds me a bit of the QY700, good news!
@encryptedmind: Thanks for all the info, quite extensive. I’m afraid the DR 880 doesn’t have a built-in sampler afaik and one can only use the stock sounds. I prefer to have everything in one box, you know? I can probably deal with the MPC’s limitations when it comes to programming velocity changes, ghosting etc…I’ve programmed stuff like that manually in the past.
The 500 doesn’t have JJOS afaik, right? Where I live, the 1000 isn’t much more expensive than the 500 and it includes the JJOS which I used a few years ago on an MPC 2500, so I still have good memories of that.
Guitarwise: I’m currently not really interested in doing guitarstuff within those units. All my guitarstuff will be recorded directly into the 4-track and from there I’ll play around with it. I want it that to be as raw as possible. The sampler and sequencer should take care of the drums (and perhaps bass) though.
@Renoised: Looks good! It’s quite expensive and rare though in this country, about 500€ while the MPC1000 costs around 300€ and the Dr660 about 100€ and the QY700 about 200€ (ofc you’d have to get an additional sampler in the latter two cases, so perhaps it evens out)…In terms of sequencing, does the Electribe live up to a DR 660 or even a QY700? And what are your thoughts on the Electribe ES-1?
The MPC1000 looks the most attractive to me right now. It’s pretty cheap, has a sampler + a sequencer. With enough time spent on it, I imagine one can push it pretty far to places most people wouldn’t expect it to go. Just a theory though.
What do you guys think of the Akai S2000? Is that a solid sampler? It doesn’t need to be the most complex featurewise, but it should do the job that Renoise does (comparatively, perhaps with some limitations). It’s very cheap here and I can imagine combining it with a DR660 or QY700 if need be. I’m gonna do some googling on it now.
I can currently think of three choices:
MPC 1000 incl. JJOS (~300€)
DR660 + AKAI S2000 (~160€)
QY700 + AKAI S2000 (~275-300€)
EDIT: Nah, forget the S2000. There seem to be some major compatibility issues when it comes to SCSI…Right now the MPC1000 still seems to make the most sense…