I have a APC40, Impulse 25, Electribe MX, KP3, and some other hardware synths. Making beats on the Impulse's pads is a PITA, but I love the Automap rotaries and the keys. I don't chop samples very much, but I am good at it and would do it if it were fast and fun. I usually write my melodies on a keyboard, but I mainly come from a guitar background. I find the APC is really only useful for me after a song is finished, so I am looking for a controller to speed up my workflow when creating drum tracks, bass lines, and sketching out rough song structures. I want to be able to preview patches fast and manipulate/automate them in real time (filters ect). I also want to be able to create variations of ideas fast (drum fills) after I have a vibe going. More organic and less mousing, but mostly just more productive! I own Live 9 and make dark electro/house.
Push, Maschine, Spark, or MPC Studio?
Maschine seems to check all the boxes for what you're looking for:
- Most sensitive and responsive pads you'll find
- Plugin automapping (I find it better than Novation's Automap since you don't need to wrap plugins beforehand)
- Chopping samples is fast and fun (Push can't chop samples; MPC Studio software, like the Ren, is a crash-prone bug fest)
- Very fast hands-on workflow
- Allows you to go completely mouseless