I hear you both. This is not a product for professionals at present and is borderline for amateur dabblers.
I just got Maschine and am really impressed. The first time I bought it about a year ago there were problems with two units in a row. Some pads would not reach full velocity without really hitting them hard and there was a pad that had hanging notes. I thought to myself, if this is industry standard then f@ck the industry. I had honestly lost faith in music tech after that and the budget Trigger Finger, half baked so-called, Pro. Geist2 came along and, wow, what an inspiration. 64 Pads, yeah, superb; wild tuning possibilities way beyond the silly limitations of V1 and transmod insanity. Hope...
Then the bugs; the poor efficiency of the gui (80% utilisation of a core causing glithes), weird graphical errors that shouldn't have passed alpha testing, crashes during basic editing and loading, glitchy looping, strange audio artefacts, a long list of acknowledged and unresolved bugs, an update that made it more stable but introduced more obvious problems.
If it get's fixed then great but at this point it's extremely doubtful that it will. It's still useful to me as an idea generator but I couldn't trust it to deliver for any serious projects if ever this dabbling bollocks becomes something more. It looks like there might be too much wrong with it for the time and resources to be invested. That's the impression that's being given by the inaction anyway. Hat's off to Lawrence for keeping the communication going and acknowledging peoples concerns.
M-Audio went down the same route with the Trigger Finger Pro. It was hardware with serious potential unmatched in it's range but marred by a complete lack of development and unresolved issues. It's a dead product now, useful but flawed.
Imho it is morally questionable to have Geist 2 on sale right now but good luck anyway FX. BFD is your flagship so I hope whatever energy and resources you have left are being channelled into that and the new Roli initiative. I will keep milking Geist 2 for every bit of enjoyment it offers.
The glass is half full and half empty.