I try to keep the music as natural as I can, with as little editing or over-processing as possible. A lot of the melodic parts are all synth jams that I created using my Roland Juno-6, a Roland SH-101 and the Yamaha QY700 sequencer before I gradually started tracking into Ableton and putting percussive elements on top.more
As is the norm for Yamaha around this time, this is an incredibly full featured sequencer with some serious power behind it, but holy moly the interface does a good job of hiding that sometimes. I've been having a lot of fun messing with the groove templates (a sort of mapping for swing and quantization, rolled into one thing. Comes with variable quantization strength which is awesome) and other things you can shift around. The pattern sequencing is a huge strong point for me, very easy once you figure out how to actually edit the thing.
That being said, man the interface can sometimes blow. Not to mention how hard Yamaha was trying to make this box a full band in a single unit. The emphasis on that sometimes comes at the detriment to external MIDI sequencing, but like I said once you've figured things out it's smooth sailing for the most part.