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1 midi input, 1midi output.
mirrored midi on usb
only stereo output
tons of key combos
12 track limit per song (clones and variations are included)
awkward push knobs
many steps to bring about a song change
lack of a screen (not a deal breaker)
manual that is unclear on several fronts
no actual specs given in many instances
no pitchbend or PC
limited sample looping.
no modulatable sample points
focus on frivolous features (although im very impressed with 2.0 stuf coming up)
lack of sequence control over stuff like stutter (not a deal breaker)
Just want to share a test I did to evaluate sync stability or "tightness" for live usage.
Got a very good impression, hope Deluge gets added here http://innerclocksystems.com/New ICS Litmus.html, I suspect Deluge would look very good.
Did this test with every hardware sequencer I got:
Slave sync is the tough part. Usually master sync is not a problem. So I set up an external hardware sequencer (Cirklon) to slave Deluge. Both seqs play a 808 kick pattern (so I get 2 sounds). If the sync is tight it sounds like one kick drum with a flanger effect. Drifts are audible very quickly. Now, the hard part for sequencers seems to be to ensure perfect slave sync in any situation (busy cpu, io, fast tempo, ..), most of my hardware sequencers cant provide stable slave sync all the time (old Akais and Cirklon do). For example Analog Rytm is likely to drift if I change patterns quickly.
Did not notice any sync problem, very cool! Tested with switching sections, loading songs, etc. Likely there are situations where Deluge would loose sync, maybe if you slice a large sample .. However, stoked about the result!
Just got that thing today and would like to say hello to the community and share a first impression.
Which deserves loads of consideration as I am in the music gear game since 25y and the first impression - although uneducated - of new gear is what seems to have a strong hold for me.
So there we are. Here it comes. ;-)
Nice gear Rohan! I cant believe this thing has one of the best step sequencers seen in hardware and I can just plug it out everywhere and play on via the internal loudspeaker. It its truly unbelievable how a small company from a faraway island single-handed steps up what I thought is possible with portable music making. Deluge would be a superb sampler without battery mode or even the internal synth.
For 1000 it is a steal. Thanks for the excellent shipping too. Expecting to get served in January maybe, I was stunned to hold in my hands within 5 days (Central Europe).
I put some 120 hours to this box. The box is miles deep but very short distance to achieve or tweak great organic musical results.
The more I use it the more I like it. Almost every aspect of DELUGE is very well though out. I’m lefty and the UX is great for me. Some annoyances became gotcha moments when I realized WHY it was done that way.
Rohan is genius.
He, as a creator has to watch and observe all the recent groove boxes to make a device like this. Or “they” the SynthStrom have a great artists to decide on designs and workflows. I know he is not along and is surrounded by great bunch so credits to them too.
I really wish for long long road for this product. I hold my finger crossed for great management team behind the scenes to be able to crank hundreds of these puppies . To crank them fast to show the big corny guys in EU and Japan how good DSP and UX can work together. So we users don’t need to wait for Circuit Pro, shell out $$ for 2+ electron machines, do petitions for Electribe or hopelessly live with half baked visions of some roland products.
The other companies that make lovely, creative products are Teenage Engineering, MakeNoise and Bastl.
The same way as you (Synthstrom) were able to revolutionize single music making box you could revolutionize the firmware updates process.
What I mean is that I would PAY for a firmware that implements xy features I or other users requested. This way you can add more developer resources to keep growing up. You can have a default firmware that ships with deluge and then you have 2-3 firmware plus packages for people who are coming with great suggestions and are willing to pay for it.