While I do think the A8 is probably one of the best sounding samplers in eurorack, my experience with the sampling has also been a bit “off”.
It’s close to being really amazing, just needs a little bit more care and attention around the UX and file management.
Should be possible to create temporary samples that get automatically cleared from the SDCard. This way you can sample something on a temporary basis, which is more suited for live performance. This would stop the SDCard from filling up with samples and also remove the pesky UI modal from popping up and asking you to save or discard the sample.
Also, on another note, it would be great to be able to apply track effects and track mixer settings to the monitored input. This way you could pitch bend or distort while you do SOS looping.
Because if you do some sampling while monitoring you get a dry signal. But once you press save it it goes immediately to Wet quite abruptly.
I feel that these are pretty straight forward things that could greatly enhance the instrument. Seems silly not to add them