then again, one thing might be, too, i don't use, nor like, samples at all. might that be relevant?
i don't think so, actually maschine is getting me slowly but surely into the joy of creative sampling... i never thought that this could happen with me before either! (i was never ever into samples)
the point is that in my case it serves standalone and as a controller for 3 of my permanently used audio softwares (plus reason every now and then)
it serves so many purposes at once, and the point is it does not make it half arsed but beautifully perfect, they created a perfect instrument in itself and something that like nothing else integrates into other software like it, all other controllers are not touching that. there is always a drawback with one software or workflow, with maschine not, from simple instrument control over PT, LIve, Logic, Reason, Traktor, Scratch (itch), etc. etc. etc. etc. plus unbeatable mackie control... and visual feedback, and super sensitive velocity no matter what you are using it for.
i used to own an MPC 2000xl for years long before i had a computer... i used electribes for live performances, long before ableton came into my world, i used the PadK (and still love it) and i use a midi keyboard for certain things in the studio, i can't even explain it in words myself what makes maschine so different and special... but i know that when i watch videos of it, i also think it does not translate at all the experience using it. seriously. (squelcht i think knows what i mean, i can't really describe it)
it's getting boring dave, i said all there is to it before already several times, USB powered, sensible size and weight for traveling, sturdy / quality built... blah blah, i am more then difficult to satisfy, i am always on the urge for having everything beyond perfect and i hardly can be satisfied (to a real ridiculous extend, i know!) this is in the 20 years of me making my own music / dj-ing the first piece of gear i personally consider perfect. that is simply the truth how i feel about it.
it is a product that could come fully out of my mind. (maybe they read it?) it integrates everything i ever wished for.
and as long as they don't make the same mistake as ableton and jeopardy the stability and ease of use
for an overload on functions of the software in the future no one really
needs for a performance, i will stay happy with it.