Thought I'd ask here, since I'm stuck. I've been looking at using hardware instead of computers / iPads, since I already spend too much time in front of a screen and I'm easily distracted by other apps.
It has to be 1 box, ideally battery powered which I can take and just start making music with. I like to create electronic beats, so I need something that can generate drum and synth sounds, maybe also with the option of PCM. Good effects and a song mode should be likewise in the package. So far, the electribe 2 seems to check all the boxes.
Here comes the problem: I want to be able to jam, but also see the notes, make corrections, etc and I can't find anything that offers this. Electribe 2 + the OP1 pattern sequencer would be awesome, but this product doesn't exist or I can't find it.
I've looked at the MPC Live (very nice, but no synth), Elektron Analog 4 (no visual sequencer), Workstations from Roland or Yamaha (sound generation and sequencer seem really cumbersome), the Novation Circuit (unlabeled "universal" knobs, no screen at all), Electribe 2 (no visual sequencer).
The E2 seems to be very nice, but I'm not sure I would be comfortable using the pad lights for sequencing.
P.S: if you're wondering why not iPad - because I always end up reading a book, or watching tutorials or browsing the web. Yes, I am weak :P