-Maschine automapping, Live's Racks (bluehand)
Maschine automaps any loaded plugin, without any setup beforehand. The automapping can be customized as well.
Push: "With VSTs, we currently can't access parameters in an automatic and consistent way, as we can with our own devices, so you would be left with a way to load a VST, but not control it automatically." viewtopic.php?p=1445043#p1445043
-no step automation? There is recordable automation which could be hacked with M4L creating Step Automation. I mean the APC40 and mark egloffs device has provided step automation before Maschine.
We're talking about built-in features, not hacking with an additional tool that would still require the Suite version of Live 9.
Push: "We don't have per step automation of devices (also known as parameter lock)" viewtopic.php?p=1445659#p1445659
-the LCD screen is not a "cant show waveform" kinda thing
The Push doesn't show waveforms on the LCD screen whether or not it can or cannot do it technically in theory.
-I can open and close windows with my APC40 using M4L or Bomes
Again, I'm talking about comparing it to built-in features of Maschine, not using additional tools like M4L or Bomes.
-knob positioning will not prove be crippling whatsoever
You sound so certain even though you've never tried it. It might not be "crippling" but I can see why the unfortunate design decision might end up being annoying for many.
-Maschine cost 649 dollars, "way overpriced" is a total exaggeration.
Not at all. Maschine's price always includes the software license.