i am using a Yamaha RS7000 sequencer/sampler, which i really like, but for one thing, i don't have the ability to put long audio tracks over my grooves. I'd like to be able to trigger longer vocal or instrument tracks in a 'live' mix.
i am thinking about something like the akai z4/z8 sampler that can stream large samples from disk. But then i was thinking, there are harddisk recorders with cd-burner even that cost alot less than the akai samplers. Seems like many of the HD recorders have MIDI control available. I'm sure I wouldn't have the flexibility of tweaking sounds as with the actual sampler, but I am thinking that I could have tracks prepared on the multitrack and then trigger playback via MIDI when needed. well i guess i could even start/stop it manually if i had to. And with a multitrack recorder it would have another use if i could burn cd's from it also.
i don't really want to have a personal computer involved at this point either. Anyway, I am wondering if anyone here on the list has experience using a multi-track recorder to play audio tracks into a mix like this. Maybe this is a dumb question, because it seems like most multitracks are made to be synced to a sequencer, but I just don't know if this syncing is meant to be used like I am saying, or maybe more for automating mixer settings, etc. And maybe there are some issues I am not considering. Any input would be appreciated.