Thanks for the input @robertsyrett and @stschoen. I am wondering how @biminiroad deals with the guitar input question I raised above. Both my instruments are acoustic with acoustic pickups. I am always trying to drive the signal harder without generating too much background noise.
As far as what I would want to put into the box I am really drawn to a complex sequencer.
Even though the Nerd Seq is probably old news by now, it still interests me. However, I am very picky about workflow. I don’t mind a quirky simple arranger, but I like when something strikes the right balance b/w simplicity and flexibility. Yeah, the more I think about it, it is the sequencer modules that seem to draw my attention. I feel like it could be a central brain, but I would like something that can save my work. Then, maybe, I can free up the processing power of the iPad by not relying too heavily on Beatmaker 3 or Cubasis 2 or whatever.
At the same time I really have no idea at this point what would make the most sense. I would have to get a sense of how Audulus integrates with an ES-8 and what sort of Euro modules are best to have as hardware. I don’t want to go from having something in software that works well to hardware, just for the sake of it. Delays and Reverbs seem to eat CPU. What’s it like using a module as a send?
I mean, maybe the sequencer is just a kitchy and cumbersome way to do something that you can do much better with a DAW or by just setting up a sequencer in Audulus. I suppose that getting to thinking about this now is good because I clearly need to spend a while considering my options.