^^Elektron want you to buy an Octatrack of course. It’s been their strategy for years
This has been officially denied a few times.
And speaking with Olle or Simon once in a while, I believe it is genuinely the case.
From what I witnessed, they do try to make the best machines, focussed on the idea it’s been designed from.
Propagating this rumor that Elektron kind of cripple their gear to ensure more sales is deeply dishonest IMHO, it’s not backed up by neither their acts nor by their own words. It’s just a matter of design choices.
E.g. what is the most important : plockable FX or high quality FX ? MIDI ARP or 96kHz audio treatments ?
It’s just been said they sold more Digitakts in a year than OT in its whole life, so there seem to be some need for more focussed machines out there.
I find Digitone quite coherent already, not “dumbed down”. There are 4 operators but you can add 2 LFOs to create more FM complexity, or tame it with filters.
On the sequencer side, you can now pilot 8 voices at the same time, which is new to Elektron ecosystem.
Of course, MIDI plocked arp such as OT would be great. I just believe will see significant improvements in the next few years (Elektron has done this several times in the past). But it’s already quite a great instrument.
Digitone actually supports MIDI tracks, which neither of the Analog did. I was positively surprised to discover this : DT / DN combo can really make use of all these LFOs now
Anyway, what matters most to me is the palette of sounds I can synthesize with this and how fast and pleasant it is to look for new sounds or play live with it. And I really love it, to the point that I bought myself a portable battery and bring it with me when I’m away instead of the OP-1
@jshell if you feel like you turn in rounds, try to avoid using the filters and work on the FM envelopes, I found it a good way to properly understand how to work with the synth.