While I still believe my Roland CSQ-600 + TR-808 set up is the most fun and physical way to sequence music, I'm starting to realize that fun isn't always the most important thing. What is the most important thing? Variable gate times. So I'm finally getting around to working with my MC-500 (thanks to David for those program disks!). Still haven't gotten very far, but I'm excited about the possibilities. I'm hoping that using this in conjunction with my Jupiter-8 will help to strengthen the otherwise feeble bond between me and the JP-8.
I realized this will be a difficult switch from what I'm used to, so if I give up on the MC-500 I have a back up plan and that is the MC-202. I'll still have adjustable gate times but with not quite such intense editing. And that will work just fine because my wonderful friend Jon S. just made me a handy little din sync multiple. So now I can distribute a din sync signal from my MSQ-700 to my TR-808, MC-202 and Garfield Electronics mini doc. It will be nice to finally be able to have all three of those machines running at once.
In other news: I've jumped on this chia seeds bandwagon. I don't understand how people can just mix it in with a glass of water and drink it. I've been mixing it in with my oatmeal in the morning. I like it alright but it does make my breakfast look like bird seed.