I like it, but then, I’m not terribly nit-picky. It looks like it makes the things that I thought were buried a bit more than I’d like quite accessible though, which is cool. It’s also nice to have that little keyboard over there to tap in chords and things. I’m of two minds on the keyboard setup. On one hand, a nice 49-61 key setup with the controls overhead would be nice for playing it as a basic synth. However, this is an Elektron device. It’s more than just a regular keyboard synth. It’s nice to have the keys to bring out the chords, arps, mapped items, but it’s still an 8-voice, heavily sequenced system. Now it’s just easier to do all that, and a lot more expressive. Elektron doesn’t really make keyboard-player keyboard synths. Even the AK isn’t QUITE that, though it’s a lot closer.
I think this thing is pretty cool. I may even need one.