The new and additional buttons have made pickup machines (among other things) more intuitive for me.
With the old buttons you get the primary function (record), and then the additional function (record setup). That’s pretty limited considering what all you can do with those buttons, but you’ve got to spend some time learning (videos… manual diving) and practicing what they can do.
With the new buttons, the primary function (Record) is on the button itself. The additional function (record setup) is the first text under the button, and then yet another additional function (previously hidden on the interface) [ record + ; record play/stop ; erase ] is beneath that. More info and doesn’t feel like it is cluttered. No need to go back to the manual because its been some times since you used pickup machines. It just makes sense now, and the visual cues on the interface make it difficult to forget.
Same for the tempo button for pickup sync.
It took a few days of use to appreciate the reality that the MKII is indeed more intuitive. From the new and additional buttons (I am constantly accessing the audio editor and using track trig edit functions, not bothered by what recording mode I may be in), to the waveform navigation text beneath the encoders, it really doesn’t feel nearly as complex or daunting as the MK1 reputation was.
The degree to which the interface is streamlined and the features more accessible seems understated.
If you took a stab at the OT MK1 and couldn’t get on with it, you might be surprised how quickly and effectively you may get things done on the MKII. I certainly am.