I'm enjoying building intricate sounds with the Axoloti (well, or reusing patches from the community that do that for me), for now I'm using it in conjunction with a Novation Circuit MonoStation in order to deepen the sound, add polyphony etc.
But the sequencing capabilities of the mono station are... subpar to say the least (you can't sequence several notes on the same step, even if you can play several notes live at the same time (it works fine with a polyphonic patch on the Axoloti) and it can sequence only 2 tracks, because well that's what it's made for), though I like playing on it. The pads are good and velocity-sensitive, settable scales with 4 octaves in range, it's great, better than a keyboard since I'm no pianist, and you can get some nice first synth drafts. So I use it mostly as a scratchpad for ideas.
However, I noticed how WAAAAY faster it is for me to go through composition with dedicated hardware rather than with a DAW. So I'm wondering what people here use to that end, as my main synth will be the Axoloti (too much gear is too much, modular's not for me and if I need more power for even more complicated synth, well I can just buy a second Axoloti or use my laptop).
I've seen videos and reviews on, like, all of them (stuff from Elektron, Akai, Synthstrom, Squarp, Toraiz, even the arcanic DIY midiphy stuff or the unaccessible/crazy expensive Cirklon or not-released-yet stuff like Polyend Tracker).
I'd really like something that has the flexibility to send as many notes as the Axoloti can handle (so 8 tracks is like a super bare minimum), that is not locked into a quaternary time grid, one note per step and fixed pattern lengths. Ideally for 600€ or less (second-hand or not) but I guess I can (and should ^^) be flexible on that.
The 3 on top of my list for now are (1) Synthstrom Deluge (of course), (2) Squarp Pyramid (of course again) and (3) Polyend Seq. But the downsides of them are (1) it's a bit above my price tag even in second-hands, (2) it has only 16 pads, so it means some menu scrolling etc. to edit and work through your song so not super convenient and (3) above the price tag (esp. given it has only 8 tracks, yes I know I'm spoiled, I come from PCs and DAWs and I don't like low arbitrary upper-bounds of any sort) and quite big and more difficult to transport in just a bag.
But I know some people around here have a Pyramid and love it, so maybe I can be convinced plus I'm not afraid of some steep learning curve or 2- or 3-key shortcuts (I develop using emacs everyday, for those who know).
Playing live is not my main goal (just hitting play, occasionally switching patterns and fiddling some encoders is good enough for me), but iterating fast, easily working with odd time signatures and not having to hack around like crazy with note offsets to put together some simple triplets/quintuplets in a 4/4 track are.
Also if I can be free from wall sockets that could be great (internal battery or external power bank, don't care).
...and also I need it for tomorrow (/kidding).