I need some advice from people who know more than I
I have sporadically making electronic music for a number of years, up until relatively recently just by using a tracker of some sort (first FastTracker 2, then Madtracker 2 and later on Renoise). Everything was more or less sample based, I think most instruments came from an old Casio keyboard I had years ago.
A while ago I felt the tracker format kept me uncreative, especially when it came to fluidity in my arrangements; it was just too easy to copy my current pattern to a new one, add another track with, say, hi-hats, et cetera Ad nauseam. My songs became very static. So then I started making music in Ableton Live, using a few VST plugin synths, and this actually made my melodies and arrangements somewhat more varying and interesting. The problem was that my drum programming techniques, I guess, were very formed by my years using a tracker; I was using simple wav-files played at different notes and octaves, with a lot of retriggering craziness going on, and I couldn’t seem to get into that sort of programming with any DAW.
Parallel to this, I started discovering hardware synths, and I am now in possession of a Shruthi-1, Minibrute and PreenFM 2. I love what I get out of it, instant tweaking, that tactile feeling, and the lack of distraction from Internet in general. This is what I want to use to make music! However - how? How to sequence the stuff? Are there any hardware sequencers around which you can use to build complete songs with (i.e. not simple Monotronish sequencers). Any good samplers to use for drum programming? I have a Volca Beats, but have - thanks to that - realized that I (with a few exceptions) hate analogue drums Basically, what I am looking for is a setup which is as simple as possible (so I can make music more or less instantly), with as much hardware as possible in order to keep me away from computers. That last thing may not be possible, actually the thought just struck me that perhaps I should just use Renoise to sequence all my synths. Oh, and I almost forgot - recording stuff! For the purpose of simplicity I feel tempted to just use my old tape recorder
I have been searching the Internet for info on what might fulfill my needs (Octratrack, Cirklon, old Akai stuff, etc…) but I think I need some input from people who have more experience than me, and who have read the long, babbling text above, where I try to explain my needs