I bought my A4 two weeks ago. I have spent about a week with it. I have never owned Elektron gear before.
I was browsing the forum while working on a track entirely made with the A4, had to create an account to say, no definitely not. Sounds like you just bought the wrong piece of gear, I think you meant to buy a 8+ voice poly synth. A few friends said the same thing, then they came over and were totally blown away by its capabilities.
Here's my view.
There is nothing on the market like it.
A single voice can play a 3 note chord with ease, with sound locks you can have an entire drum track on one of the four tracks, so there's your pads and drums on two of the four tracks and we haven't touched parameter locks yet. This is just a 4 voice synth yet you have a drum track, a 3 note pad track, two tracks left, it grooveboxes better then some grooveboxes.
Wack in an ext in, sequence some cv gear, add some long delays/reverb and then change patterns to completely different sounds instantly, that's a hell of a lot more then 4 notes playing at the same time, even just from the a4. The workflow is inspiring.
I've used/owned a pretty long list of hardware and synths and know of most things on the market, there is still nothing that supersedes this or makes it dated in any way. Take away the sequencer/Overbridge other synths come close, but can still do things that no new synth can really do (pwm on all waveforms is just one example). There are a handful of synths on the market (Virus $$$) that offer something similar to Overbridge. There isn't anything that lets you; Stream all individual voices + separate FX over USB while still using another soundcard as your main interface, route your DAW tracks straight through the entire analog signal path, or send your daw tracks through the reverb/delay/chorus with the push of a button. In effect your getting an outboard analog filterbank, analog overdrive, a nice reverb, delay, chorus for free, all via usb or real connections, all pretty much a click away with no setup, totally integrated with your DAW.
Imo this is the future, not out of date.
No regrets over here, I just want to get more Elektron gear. It incorporates seamlessly with a modern studio.
I'm getting more music done and songs sketched out then ever. Ableton is infinite voices and FX yet all that choice really slows things down and personally I find it very hard to stop working on projects and finish them. Now I can compose most or all of a tune on the A4 then still pipe it all straight into ableton in individual tracks over USB. Add some stuff from ableton, keep using it as a 4 voice analog poly plugin vst with all the perks that gives (1 click midi mapping, daw automation).
It's all about how you use whats available, then the on paper limitations fade away, even still for me those limitations are a bonus. Look at the 909, jeff mills can hold a crowd of thousands in 2017 for half an hour with that one 30 year old box. Instruments don't get dated imo. All are valuable and unique tools, some more useful to some then others.
My two cents.