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I have downsized, what's next?
Old 18th June 2020
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I have downsized, what's next?

Hey guys

So this is it... fatherhood has hit me hard, twice. What used to be my music room is now filled with a cot and a crying toddler.

I'm slowly selling gear that has been gathering dust. I am sure some of you know the feeling. I have however kept some hope and some gear.
Here's what I have left : Bass (Treble) Station 1, BassBot TT303 and a MAM MB33 retro (Yes, I love acid!) oh, and a Nord Lead 2 (yes from 1998 that's gonna be hard to sell as I have had it for so long, it's become like a family member!).

Here's the kicker, I have Reason but not really room for my computer setup so I'm thinking of getting some sort of hardware sample/drum/sequencer setup to keep me busy until I regain my life (will I ever??).

I know the obvious answer would be an MPC but the price is just not right and I'm not sure I would get along with the old models.

I am looking at the Novation Circuit, would it fit the bill? any other alternative?
For info, this is a hobby, I'm far too busy to produce anything seriously.

I'm aware I will need a mixer at some point to truly relive my days of hardware only setup.

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Old 18th June 2020
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If space is the issue then I’d say get a laptop. That will take up the same space as a sequencer and do so much more besides and give you the option to work ITB wherever you want
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I feel your pain! I have 2 girls age 5 and 2. I was in a similar position not so long ago but as time has passed it's gotten easier and I have time for music again, even if it's just a couple of hours in the evening so don't lose hope.

I would also say invest in a laptop. Were it not for my ancient MacBook there would have been no chance!
Old 18th June 2020
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Yes I know... i have a laptop with Reason installed. I'm just being greedy. What I need is an au-pair or 24h day care service!
Old 23rd June 2020
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Hey guys

So this is it... fatherhood has hit me hard, twice. What used to be my music room is now filled with a cot and a crying toddler.

I'm slowly selling gear that has been gathering dust. I am sure some of you know the feeling. I have however kept some hope and some gear.
Here's what I have left : Bass (Treble) Station 1, BassBot TT303 and a MAM MB33 retro (Yes, I love acid!) oh, and a Nord Lead 2 (yes from 1998 that's gonna be hard to sell as I have had it for so long, it's become like a family member!).

Here's the kicker, I have Reason but not really room for my computer setup so I'm thinking of getting some sort of hardware sample/drum/sequencer setup to keep me busy until I regain my life (will I ever??).

I know the obvious answer would be an MPC but the price is just not right and I'm not sure I would get along with the old models.

I am looking at the Novation Circuit, would it fit the bill? any other alternative?
For info, this is a hobby, I'm far too busy to produce anything seriously.

I'm aware I will need a mixer at some point to truly relive my days of hardware only setup.
The circuit is perfect to sit down an knock stuff up on. It can become limited but here is the thing: I love the sequencer on it. Although I got a MPC1000 I still use the sequencer to program sequences (For my MAM for example). The sequencer is sooo quick and easy I write a sequence on the circuit playing my MAM through the MPC then record the midi information into the MPC then leave that sequencing the MAM. I also love the real time control on my circuit, I tend to have it playing alongside the MPC in JAMS and performances.

For your purposes and time constraints the Circuit will be perfect. You can do more than you expect with it and wouldn't become redundant if you did expand later. Also for a Father with limited time it is perfect to pick up then set down again 1/2 hour later.
Old 23rd June 2020
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MC-101? A little more expensive than the Circuit, but offers a lot more.
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You could consider a Roland SP-404A. Is more affordable than MPC, will let you drum away, create sequences, create loops and allows for some fun fx and dj-style performances.

I’ve heard that the SP-404SX has exactly the same functionalities but would be cheaper, arround €260 to €300.

Cheers
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If you want an excellent choice of sampler, there's the Korg microSAMPLER. You can write tracks using it alone (and a laptop):

Note that it is heavily reliant on a computer to feed it samples, so there's that. On the plus side you can hum or beatbox into the mic and then use the onboard sequencer to turn said humming and beatboxing into a track.
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Elektron. You could just get a model:samples for £300, Digitakt for £650. While they don't have the fx os stuff like the SP404 they have probably the best sequencers out there, plus you can play live over the top
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