Thanks @raws Eloquencer is awesome for sure
The two sequencers I have are the ER-101/2 and the Stillson Hammer mk][ - also very inspired by the Octatrack (I had a nice chat with Scot about it) and it’s there for sure!
But it’s the form factor more than anything, those nice big buttons that are just the right spacing for two hands to punch in rhythms, or play them in all together, or pitch play one… it just suits me, I have quite big hands so Euro always feels a little small. I want to be able to work fast, I call it “chasing the lights”, it means I program the next rhythm in behind the one currently playing so the next time it loops round it’s already there. I always have it in infinite loop mode and often use odd numbers of steps, 7, 11, 15 etc… sometimes I do this live, sometimes I mute. Live recording p-locks by wiggling the knobs a bit like the motion recording stuff from Korg. And so on…
It’s amazing… it’s just midi and requires a Shuttle Control / Mate and all the setup, not that it’s hard, it’s just a break from the flow if I need to change the setup.
If it had those 16 programmable cv outs directly on the machine I’d be completely happy, it’s literally the only shortcoming. I am not complaining at all, I just want to eliminate that theoretically needless step.