It would have made more sense to stay competitive with Maschine. It's interesting that omissions are being presented as features. This really kills off the hardware vibe for everybody but 3000 users. I'm guessing that 2000/xl , 1kthru 5k users are going to be heard being that they far outnumber 3K users alone. The more the controller is removed from the equation the less appeal it has IMO.