Different uses for different people of course. With this many features there are bound to be some that people don’t find useful. For me the animate buttons were one of many selling points for me. I was looking at getting a DeepMind 12 over the Peak and the subtle performance options actually swayed me to the Peak (among many other features of course). I just love being able to reach over and trigger a sudden jump in various parameters. Almost like the performance mode on the RYTM. I have been thinking about getting a variable pedal to be able to fade in certain parts to get back that extra control the animates don’t offer.
I think I did see the animates in the MIDI control list so yes you should be able to sequence them. Which honestly I didn’t think much about till now. This could create a very interesting result when sequenced and you don’t need to sequence a ton of different parameters to accomplish that. Just send the one CC and the Peak handles the other details. Good for keeping down MIDI traffic.