Just received one in the mail yesterday, and wow, what a great machine! I was nervous about it because I hear a lot of people talk about Elektron gear and how weird the workflow is. I love the OP-Z workflow and I bought the Digitakt because I basically just wanted a bigger, sturdier version of the OP-Z in terms of the sequencing abilities and the Digitakt looked the most similar in that regard. I almost went with a Pyramid, but I also wanted drum/sampling abilities, and honestly for as much hype and praise the Pyramid gets, it just looks kind of boring to me. That, and the conditional trigs on the Digitakt really sold me on it.
Anyway, after playing around with it for a few hours last night, I can safely say that I absolutely love it. It definitely is very ‘program’ heavy, but I like that. The OP-Z is like that too. I am guessing that a lot of people that don’t enjoy the Elektron workflow also don’t own an OP-Z?
One of the main downsides is that punch in effects don’t exist on the Digitakt, but you can kind of achieve the same result (thanks to Cuckoo for this trick). Basically, the ‘control all’ lets you apply parameter adjustments to all tracks at once. You can then make a copy of the adjusted version and have it stored in the temporary memory. The Digitakt has a button that restores the original version, so you can use the restore button (which holds the original version) and the paste button (which holds the tweaked version) to jump back and forth to basically apply a ‘punch in effect’. It works really well, but of course you only have one at a time vs the many different OP-Z ones. This does have a major benefit though in which you can basically create your own punch in effects, which I am super excited about. I was really surprised at how cool this was and I am sure it will be really fun to use in a live jam situation.
The Digitakt also doesn’t have mute groups, but with the way the pads are laid out, it is pretty easy to mute/unmute multiple tracks at once.
The Digitakt doesn’t have a song mode either, but honestly I never really used that function on the OP-Z anyway. I would always just manually change patterns live whenever I wanted to record a full song.
Other than that, I really don’t see too many downsides. The OP-Z obviously is able to fit in your pocket and has built in synths, but I am really diggin’ the Digitakt and it actually has quite a few big pros. It is larger, which is a plus if you are in the studio because it is more playable via the much larger buttons. You get 8 audio tracks vs 4 of the OP-Z, and of course MIDI sequencing is built in without having to purchase an OPLAB module or a USB midi hub. And lastly, the ability to tweak samples is much more in depth with the Digitakt. I’ve barely scratched the surface, but I’ve already taken some basic samples and tweaked them into some crazy stuff. And it’s quick too! Not a lot of menu diving.
Overall, I am really happy with the Digitakt so far. The workflow is very similar to the OP-Z at first glance, but I am sure I will start to see more difference once I use it more. But so far, it really does seem like a bigger, studio version of the OP-Z.