Damn. As an 8bits owner (who doesn’t love it and is maybe/probably going to put it on Reverb soon), I’m jealous of the drum machine. The layout of the 8bits made me wish it was more of this kind of groovebox/drum machine - I found the layout pleasing, just not for a polysynth.
This as a $200 drum machine, though? Despite the promo video, this seems like it could be a pretty great x0x-type substitute. Also seems like they are poising the Livens as beefier, not-too-much-more-expensive alternatives to Volcas.
Regardless of being non-plussed about my 8bits, I am a big fan of Sonicware. They were one of the many small companies caught in the earliest days of the COVID shipping/labor/chip shortage, and they were very consistently transparent about the process to get the backers their units. By the time my unit got to me, I had already moved on to other synths, but they really hooked me as a customer.