now, 2019, when 303 clones are discussed and talked about, i see more and more people appreciating the sequencer as one of the key components of the 303 "experience", the situation was not so back in 2013-ish, where i had to constantly explain and argue that the sequencer is very important
so, maybe i helped spread this word a bit (i hope so), i feel good about the current situation in any case
The 303s sequencer is great and IMO any plugin that calls itself a 303 emulation must have it or it cant be called a complete 303 emulation.
In other words the problem is not the sequencer itself. (And yes, i generally agree that it should always be the preferred choice.) Its simply the way Venom requires it to be programmed, (considering that it is software and not a real physical hardware unit), i.e. the fact that you cant do it with the mouse alone since certain buttons have to be held in order for other buttons/functions to become operable. Im sure that if it werent for that little but high-impact detail, and the unit could be programmed like the 2009 beta that had the second oscillator and knobs for Accent Decay and Accent Volume etcetera, you probably wouldnt have heard any complaints from anybody at all because the sound is definitely there, i.e. everyone would have been nothing but happy.
(And of course the second mistake was to implement a passcode requirement on the MIDI input. IMO that was a real silly thing to do. Considering how useless it ultimately is (since it requires a new code to be entered on every start/stop of the transport), im sure this was the number one infuriating aspect for many if not most, because you cant help but thinking 'why does he care how other people use the plugin, its not like it makes a difference to him whether someone uses the sequencer or the pianoroll'. Because in the end the only thing that counts is whether an instrument is giving you any useful sounds, not the method of how you got it to make them, i guess we can all agree on that. But then we went over all of this before so i will just leave it at that. The point, at any rate, is that its not the sequencer thats the problem, its the way Venom requires it to be operated considering that its software and not a real physical hardware unit where there is no other choice than to do it the way Roland did.)