willdahbe wrote:If you have the money, I would go for the Octatrack. For one, it seems like it would force a different type of workflow that would yield results that otherwise never come to realization
This exactly. Machines that have become classics, very often share this "feature".
It's like slice to MIDI on steroids.
You can do, of course, beats and stuff in traditional way, but it excels when you take a loop and "rearrange" it, which is done very much in the slice to MIDI fashion (except it's really easy and intuitive to apply envelopes, fxs and what ever on any step you like or change the order of the slices because of the Elektrons classic feature pattern locks).
The audio stretch engine sounds great too and is capable of doing really interesting and radical sound design.
Boundaries are there, sure, but as willdahbe pointed out, they force you to discover things that you would not discover otherwise.
Also it has the best hardware MIDI seq I've played with so far.
And Elektron's not done yet, I'm sure they will implement a number of features in coming OS updates.