This thinking is exactly why I'm afraid of this buy out, because I fear many at Ableton share it.
No a M4L LFO is not a good substitute for a native one at least until:
1.) Assigning the LFO to a parameter in Live does not limit me from modulating it via other means like with a controller or automation.
2.) Assigning a LFO to one parameter does not block me from assigning the same LFO to another parameter
3.) There is no more guess work if the next time I load my set, the settings of the LFO are preserved.
4.) Using the LFO does not spam the undo history anymore.
These are all limitations of the LFO delivered with M4L that exist, because it is a M4L device.
Besides the LFO is barely adequate. If Ableton wanted to design a good LFO they should have looked at the Fabfilter effects or Cableguys' MIDI Shaper. Those are great LFOs.
You make some good points, even if I disagree with some.
From what I can tell, what you are describing is something that can be done within mfl, but it's a case of quality control and implementation (which is put upon the developer, hobbyist or pro). In the long-run, creating a platform that affords the users to attain exactly what they want is far more efficient (imo) than having to dedicate a small company's development team to make tools and decisions, based on subjective / aesthetic assumptions about their customers and their needs.
Now you are just making excuses.
The LFO is a device made by Ableton and was advertised by them at the release of Live 9 (while forgetting to mention it won't be native
). This is not some free device by some small time hobbyist.
I gave you four huge issues that make the LFO barely usable. Issues that are the result of it being a M4L device, since these are limitations all M4L devices have.
Honestly I have a hard time even imagining that Ableton thought before the release of the LFO that those limitations will be acceptable to most of its user base. Yet here we are.
I don't have a problem with the M4L integration in general. More power to the people, like you, who profit from it.
What I do have a problem with, is it being used as a substitute in place of further development of Live proper.
A trend that will continue and now with this acquisition probably get worse.
why I'm less than excited about it.