Gotta love Mr. Ellard. He’s very honest about how the gear works for him, which may or may not be how it works for users with a more conventional approach (let us not forget that this is the man responsible for the gloriously lunatic “Gashing the Old Mae West”). I for one am pretty much in agreement with him about the Microfreak. It’s a neat little box, and to a newcomer to electronic music, it might seem a bit weird in a world of endless analog rehashes and soundalikes. However, the little Arturia doesn’t hold any surprises for me, personally. I’d hoped it would, and should it have failed to do so, I was willing to enjoy that touch-plate keyboard. However, I have to concur with Ellard’s impression there - it was disadvantageous to dress it up like a standard keyboard, with the ‘white keys’ extending all the way to the back edge. I can see how some might find it useful, though. Nevertheless, after two weeks of mucking about with it, I can safely say that the sorts of sounds I can get out of the Microfreak are easier had in more flexible form elsewhere in my studio, and mine is already boxed up and ready for return to the vendor. I do hope that Arturia consider making a “Maxi” Freak with an extended parameter set. Now that could be fun.