Why so unintuitive?
I understand the concept of being flexible and feature rich but I feel a lot of Beatmaker 3 is just unintuitive and needlessly complex. Initially I found myself having to do extra tasks just to get it to work on a basic level. Like just entering in a simple pattern and getting it to play.
MIDI implementation is horribly confusing. Why can't I just have my MIDI keyboard play the track in focus? Arm track and play MIDI notes, simple, but not with Beatmaker 3. Why do I have to go through the hassle of setting up seperate MIDI channels on each track? That means I also have to change MIDI channel on my controller for each track I want to record notes on. Every other DAW I can just arm track and play without hearing other tracks triggered so why can't I do that in Beatmaker 3? Also why can I not hear a sample on pad 1 triggered by MIDI when in Multichannel mode? Seriously, I read through the MIDI info in the manual and I'm like huh? I'm not trying to set up multiple MIDI devices triggering various notes and CCs in some grand orchestration. I mean sure complex options are nice but hell I just want to plug in my MIDI controller and record different instruments, why so complicated?
Also why do I have to quit the app in order to get a new session? The hell I couldn't figure out how to save and quit session and start a new one once the app is already running. Where is the save and new session buttons?
Being a long time DAW user the whole Beatmaker 3 interface should be easy to figure out without even diving into the manual. I should at least be able to record a few tracks intuitively within a couple minutes. I've tried to get into Beatmaker 3 a few times and just end up quitting in frustration. What of the point of being feature rich if you have to jump through all these hoops just to do something simple?