Deluge's Killer Features
I'm a bit critical of the Deluge on this board (less so on others like Gearslutz, BTW) ... that's how I roll. Compliments are nice but criticism help you improve (I don't take compliments well, if you can't guess).
But let's be clear ... the Deluge is a KILLER DEVICE! Rohan, Ian & crew have made a great machine & my comments are in hopes of it becoming even greater. For me, these are Deluge's killer features, the ones that make it unique & seen off the likes of Octatrack, MPC Live.
ALL THOSE BUTTONS!!!! Sequencing on this baby is a dream. The interface & workflow on this side is awesome, best of any machine I've used. Rohan's work with scales makes it so so easy to write music, which is the end goal. Many times, I'll just randomly mash buttons & more than once, created some very beautiful music ... stuff I couldn't have written consciously. You can write real music fast & without having to become some sort of speedy Cenk power-user (or do they just speed up those Elektron demos?). Arranger mode makes it even faster to put complete songs together & to write the bridges, transitions that ties everything together. Even with a new Squarp Pyramid in tow, my plan is to make them work together.
PORTABILITY!!!!! Last year during a camping trip, I brought a Roland Boutique JU-06, a Microkorg, a Sony PCM-100 & a Tascam DR-70d & made some rather bleh improvised music with no possibility to really compose or change anything. This year, with only a Deluge at a place with no shower, much less electricity, I created/completed 3 pieces just waiting to be tracked.
VERSATILITY!!!! I complain sometimes about Deluge's jack-of-all-trades approach but it really is a case of your biggest strength also being a weakness. I love the fact that I have 2 synths (VA & FM), a sampler, a drum machine all in the same box. The surprising thing is how good these things can sound. I've had patches made on the Deluge that bandmates chose over Rev2 or VSynth versions & I've become obsesses with FM due to Deluge's engine. The Octatrack is better at sample mangling but not by much ... however the Deluge sounds way cleaner with the ability to go gritty (whereas the Octa is stuck in gritty) & beats the Octa in areas outside of mangling/scenes.
There are some machines that do some or much of what it does ... Octatrack, Circuit, OP-1, MPC Live ... but the combination of all these things makes it indispensable for me (believe me, I try to make every piece of gear dispensable, such is my gearlust).
Well done guys!