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on September 16, 2011
It's expensive. I could have just bought another laptop computer!!! What was I thinking?!?!?
Here are my gripes:
1. only ONE effect on ONE sample at a time - - - why?!?! who's idea was that??? If you try to activate an effect on another sample, the effect on the old one automatically deactivates. Totally bogus.
2. manual quantization blows.
3. when you do a live loop capture, and save it to a pad, it forces you to listen to the whole loop as it's transferring over. What if I'm actually doing it live and I don't want the thing I just recorded to randomly play while I'm making music? who's idea was that?!?!
4. optical synth has very limited physical operating range and is EXTREMELY sensitive to motion - like move .5 millimeters and the pitch changes. This makes it impossible to play actual melodies unless you've got superhuman muscle control. You can make intense sounding trilly sweepy melodies, that's all. (It DOES work really nicely as a filter control, however.)
5. the device assumes everything you ever make is in 4/4 time. Why not at least 3/4 as an option??
Here's what I like:
1. making twisted stuff is easy.
2. effects are good quality and great variety. (Why only 1 at a time, AHHHHH!!!)
I feel like the live performance capability is pretty limited. You can't rely on effects to drive your performance since only 1 sample can have an effect at any given moment. You can't really resample live because it always plays the loop you just made as it's storing it to a pad. Basically, you can pre-make sections out of a bunch of samples, and then improvise a song form by triggering them from pads, and add development by doing things like fades and filter sweeps while using your single effect and your hands (optical synth) to improvise on top. Live composition doesn't really seem that possible to me. However, if you've got a ton of awesome and cleverly chosen samples, and plenty of pre-programmed sections, you can definitely get by and make some pretty excellent stuff. -1 star for being limited and somewhat awkward, yet still workable. -2 starts for costing as much as a decent laptop, which, with the right software can do way more than this thing could ever dream to do. p.s. I forgot to mention - the memory card that works for it isnt being made any more. I think that pretty much kills it now that I think about it. after I play with it for a while, I might come back and add a star if all goes well.