Hardware sampler/player vs iOS Sample player
Does anyone have any recommendations or user experience with any of the currently available sample player hardware...things like Electribe Sampler or Akai MPX16 or Volca Sample ?
I already own a circuit, but with having to use a PC to get samples onto it, have decided it would be too convoluted a workflow for realistic use.
I currently use blocs wave and a combination of Cubasis/AUM and various FX for processing and creating vocal sample stabs...I'm not talking about full vocals but snippets of vocals...I then play these stabs/loops using a Launchpad and the launchpad app. Currently I am not sequencing these.
I want to improve on what I currently have, blocs is great for me for getting snippets and mashing them up in terms of general playback, but not much use for processing with either FX or transposing a part of a phrase. It also cannot be sequenced.
I want to be able to store enough samples for playing a full set without needing to attach to a PC, or transfer samples to the unit between tracks. Having enough storage to be able to have samples on there for browsing while composing tracks would be a definite plus.
I became aware of the Akai MPX 8 which looks great for being able to trigger and sequence samples, which I could then route through my Mininova to the iPad for recording of an effected phrase....this is where i started....
The MPX 8 looks great for the money (£80), then I looked at the MPX 16 which has more pads, and more editing controls....but is twice the price (£160). Neither have step sequencing, but I have a beatstep and/or the iPad for that...the Akai's midi implementation is pretty much limited to Note on/off....there are however a lot of negative posts on the Akai forums regarding various issues with the units not saving properly, or incorrectly triggering.
This got me thinking that an on board step sequencer would be useful...so i then looked at Volca sample, seems to be fairly good...reasonable price (£100-£140) but limited to 32Khz sampling...and limited song or pattern memories meaning the step sequencer would not be able to support a full set.
This then led me onto looking at the Electribe sampler, which looks really good, has step sequencer, on board FX, good midi implementation...looks like this would solve my vocal sampling needs....but they are around the £375 price....
Price wise this compares to the Zoom R24, which could do both my vocal sampling needs AND allow me to use full audio tracks for recording live played tracks....but doesn't have any form of MIDI sync, which would then require a Korg SQ-1 (£100).....
So i started at £80 and have ended up at £450.....
All of these devices could improve on what I currently have, but would they improve it enough to warrant the cost ?
Anyone have any insight...are the cheaper units more capable than they may initially seem ?
Is there an iOS app that will give me what i want.....I am not looking for something that is part of a bigger app, Cubasis MiniSampler for example , but something that will run as a stand alone app, preferrable AU.
Thanks in advance..