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Old 23rd May 2020
Here for the gear

Electribe 2 vs Elektron Samples vs Novation Circuit

I'm sure these comparisons have been beaten to death, but I'm having a really hard time deciding between these 3 units. Note I'm also trying to keep it under $500 so higher end units are off the table.

I do all of my recording via Daw (Cubase 10) and have the Arturia collection and Addictive Drummer 2 for my synth and drum needs. I also have the Samples from Mars drum samples.

I'm not keen on using my DAW to do all of my drumming and want a more hands on approach. I had considered a stand alone drum machine (Impact/TR8) but figured I would be to limited to those sounds.

So its come down to these 3 units.

These are my needs:

1 - The ability to load the samples I already have
2 - A groove box that I can build ideas on AWAY from my DAW
3 - Good pad quality to trigger my drums manually
4 - Good onboard sound quality
5 - A sequencer
6 - Relatively easy to use