I got one.
It might have been a mistake on my part, getting the Digitakt just ahead of getting an ER-301, but I’m not too worried after spending a bit of time on the DT. The biggest plus for me is the general workflow. I’m pretty familiar with Elektron boxes and the interface can be, for me at least, quick and intuitive. It’s got mutes, the “CTL-ALL” feature and some other live-oriented performance features that would take a second to set up on the ER-301. At least for 8 tracks.
In fact, I think it’s a pretty good match for the ER-301. The Digitakt feels a bit like an SP404SX (which I haven’t used) – a simple, straightforward sampler that rewards coming up with workarounds and a muscle memory. The ER-301 seems like a vast pool of sound design tools, and also handles long samples like a champ. If there were time stretch on the 301, I think ‘everything’ you can do with samples would be pretty much covered between the DT and ER-301, now that @kel made short work of the multisample with his piano
The things I’d hope they add: Quantized sampling start/stop (as on the Octatrack), a bit more MIDI implementation (nothing critical is missing) and slicing would be nice, but hey, it’s a drum sampler.
And concerning the sequencer – it’s actually pretty cool, with probability stuff, fill modes and so forth. The things that sometimes make a person feel like they’re painting through a keyhole is that the probability/fill modes are selected with a single encoder and that even though there’s 4 note polyphony, every note of a chord has to be the same length and they can’t overlap with later notes, but get cut off. But I think many people would be very pleased with the Digitakt’s MIDI sequencer. FWIW, I have a Cirklon and I think I could be pretty happy with the DT’s sequencer for all my sequencing duties. obviously the Cirklon does a lot of stuff the DT can’t, but the point is that you can do amazing stuff with a sequencer like the DT’s – the limitation is going to be your skill and imagination, not the tool.
Edit: Sorry for the short-form novel. If you have any questions, just shoot