Wow. First night trying out a loaner TS2 (along with a Phonogene and TS1). I don't know what to say. It's brilliant. It really is impossible to decide between the Phonogene and the TS2. Both are so different. I'd say the TS2 edges out as far as being more immediate and gratifying. Running field recordings and guitar loops into it is just incredible. The feedback is so great to make recursive, shifting loops. I can see the big difference in quality between the TS2 and TS1. That said, there's a little bit of high pitched aliasing in the highest quality setting, that I wish could be dialed out a little more. Its far less noticeable with synthetic input sounds from the modular, but using a pure guitar tone definitely will show it. I had more fun that anyone should making a 3 way sampling/feedback loop between all three machines. It was very hard to control it all though without turning into complete noise. I wish the Planar was already here, because a joystick would be so much fun with all of this.
The way I'm seeing it so far is, Phonogene for granular glitchery, Willits-esque stuttering guitar loops and tape like effects. The TS2 is really good at the delays and recursive sampling. Its easiest to control speed, direction and loop position. Far more that the Phonogene. And, well, the TS1 is just possessed. The SOT switches are just super bizarre. I can't see myself actually ever using them other that to just see what it does, and quickly switching back.
So, I guess I'm leaning towards the TS2 initially. Sadly though, I think I will
be needing the Phonogene as well...