Ok, I’m gonna give you a link to my post in Other Samplers and Beat Boxes section cuz I saw the other thread and you did mention portability. This thing has a 128 pad grid but you can hook up a 16 pad controller to it if ya gotta have 16 squares and are good at finger drumming. It fits perfectly in my Magma case for my Roland Boutique synths with the little 25 key keyed attached to give you an idea of how small it is. Takes the same kind of battery as most Vape’s do, so readily available and about 6 hours on battery
I was looking at getting an MPC 1000 for a portable unit back in 2014, then went nuts and bought a huge mv8800, then a 2nd mv8800 which was new old stock cuz I loved it so much, but then came back to looking at the MPC 1000’s again for portable. Then they announced the Live and X and I waited to see how support and promised features were. Was still waiting when I watched a Superbooth 2018 video on this Synthstrom Deluge and it’s upcoming arranger mode for songs which looks much like Ableton in a hardware box. I bought it last month and have experienced zero issues with it and support is amazing on it from the company.
It does not do slicing beats as good as an MPC or mv8000/8800, but that might get addressed in an update. It streams from SD card and workflow is crazy fast and rewarding.
I’m still considering a Live if they can do clip launches, stretching, and a few their things as well as this Synthstrom Deluge one day, but no hurry on that for me. This has been a game changer to the way I make music and is hands down the most creative box I ever bought. Not as deep as my mv8800’s, but I like it more already and I absolutely love my mv8800’s.
I got two Korg padKontrol 16 pad controllers for finger drumming and use the padKontrol’s previously with Geist software, then Beatmeker 2 and now BeatMaker 3 on iPad. If ya like Akai pads though, plenty of options. I got an MPC Element controller that also works good, but padKontrol has great options for midi maps and easy to map to different software.
Link to my threadviewtopic.php?f=42&t=185927