I know you're saying "his name is MR. Muhsheen why is he pumpin' up Geist?" Well, first I believe competion will ultimately make MASCHINE that much better. Secondly, I'm not beholden to any MASCHINE or company, they have to earn my money and support by providing "new fresh ideas in the area of beatcraftmanship, response to customer suggestions, development of feature request, and the development of bugfree software. With that being said I think the developers really need to look at some implementations of features in FXspansions GEIST that would make WORKFLOW much more efficient in MASCHINE. 1. GEIST has a ROUND ROBIN LAYERING features that allows for RANDOM, RESET random ect types of LAYERING. This allows for your drum MASCHINE to have a slightly "unpredictable" and less "static" feel to your grooves. 2. GEIST allows you to EDIT MULTIPLE SAMPLES and LAYERS at the same time. One thing that bugs me about MASCHINE is that if I want to EDIT the LFO on more than one sample I have to do it one at a time? (duh!) Or If I want to set the same POLYPHONY for a pad I have to do it one at a time! 3. GEIST has LINE GRAPHS and LINE TEMPLATES that have RANDOMIZATION and can be AUTOMATED with a MIDI LEARNED hardware knob. This is ABSOLUTELY SICK! You see this allows you to lets say change the VELOCITY on HI-HATS RANDOMLY ON THE FLY! It will never sound the same for a whole song IF YOU WANT! MASCHINE needs to allow for some LINE GRAPHS or LINE TEMPLATES that will allow for QUICK PATTERNS. 4. GEIST also has SWING TEMPLATES that come stock or you can EXTRACT a MIDI GROOVE from a beat (ala LIVE!). I like MASCHINE SWING PER PAD or GROUP but it still doesn't give you CLASSIC MPC SWING or SP12-SP1200 SWING. THey can say you can do it all THEY want, but people who know will tell you MASCHINE'S swing is a little OFF! 5. But the GRANDADDY of them all is the something that is very DEBATABLE and that is the SOUND ENGINE! I don't know what NI uses in their CODING but, no matter what the sounds that come out of MASCHINE are kind of COLD and STATIC. THis may be good fro the TRANCEHEADS, GLITCHERS, DUBSTEPPERS and ELECTROBEATERZ but if you're into classic HIP HOP or Dn' B, you need your sounds WARMMMMMMMMMMMMMM! I don't know how MOTU BPM does it because their samples and sound engine is warm as fresh baked bread. Now I've tried GEIST and for lack of abetter word the SOUND and SAMPLES that come out of GEIST are CLASSIC! What I mean is that they have somehow emulated the outputs of an 1987 original ROGER LINN MPC! What I'm saying is that without EQ the kick drum sound out of a GEIST PAD or the GEIST SOUND ENGINE (when hit) will make your body MELT to CREAM. If you have heard any GOLDEN ERA HIP HOP SONG you can get this sound out of GEIST without MASTERING! Truth WITHOUT MASTERING! Now I'm using GEIST inside my MASCHINE because my name is MR. MUHSHEEN but, putting a GEIST DRUM KIT next to a MASCHINE DRUM KIT is like putting LeBron James up against Charlie Sheen, you can feel the HEATTTTT! Can't prove this SONIC difference but it's real! as Fat Joe said the **** is Real! Fellas I love MASCHINE because of the HARDWARE-SOFTWARE integration but this GEIST is filling the GAPS in features that MASCHINE has yet to implement. Ohh by the way GEIST has DIRAC-3 TIIIIIIMMMEEEEEESTTTTREEEETCHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! You tell me who needs the pamper?