Originally Posted by Squirrel Chucker
Did anyone go into detail about how much of a pain it was to do live sequencing on the MC909? For instance, you have to hit record, xox style in your pattern, then stop everything to switch to another instrument, then hit record again and play to continue on with your day. total work flow killer. That, and if you plan on using it for a controller half of the sliders and knobs don't transmit midi data.
Not sure I am understanding this properly, but my mc909 allows you to switch instruments during recording. There are also other modes of recording in your pattern, not just x0x style. Also, while you can't just punch in and out of record mode as easily as on, say, an mpc, you can simply go into record mode and use the "rehearsal" button as an easy enough workaround. The metronome is assignable to a separate output, should you still want it, but not going out of the mains.
Also, while not ALL of the knobs/sliders transmit midi, the majority of them do. The only parts that don't are the controls for FX, and the "mastering" section. The parts that would be useful as a controller (patch editing, levels, mixer) are available, minus the "random modify" knob.
Lots of helpful info in this thread as well as the last one regarding mc909 vs electribes. I've used both, and for my purposes, the mc909 is far more versatile than the electribe series. Electribes have a certain appeal though, and since this IS gearslutz, you should probably go ahead and get both.
I wouldn't waste my time finding samples from an mc909 though.
My advice would be to try as many options as you have available, and go with the one that fits your style.