I have been using ALK2 for a while now, and though it is a great and very powerful tool, there are some major flaws in it that, at least for me, make it very frustrating to use.
First of all, the program has clearly been developed with Apple computers in mind, and I don’t know how well it works on a Mac, but on Windows it’s frustrating to use and try to do things like offset, which is literally impossible and kind of necessary for a lot of arrengments. It seems to me that you would wait to have the fully featured software for Windows before launching it and charging full price for something that is unfinished. Some features like cycling through track panels would be nice to have but are not crucial, and you can still do on Windows, so why not add a way of doing offset? It doesn’t even have to be a gesture, it could be just like the pitch shift, which opens up a menu that lets you change the pitch.
Second of all, and this is what bothers me the most, the shortcuts are not intuitive at all. Like, why not stick to Ctrl+C to copy? Why make it just C? And this is just the tip of the iceberg. To add a midi track you have to type “tnm”. I understand it stands for “track new midi”, but it is useless. That is not a shortcut, if anything, it takes longer for you to type that than to make a new midi track youself. And there are shortcuts that don’t even stand for anything obvious, like “tii” shows the primary plugin UI, or “gg” toggles global loop. That doesn’t make sense. There are no programs that don’t use modificator keys (Shift, Alt, Command) for shortcuts. The fact that you have to type things instead of pressing keys for shortcuts, which is what we are all used to and what works best, is just infuriating.
Also, I would like to know if there is a way I haven’t figured out yet of pitch shifting while recording or if it just there’s not. If it is not possible, I find it stupid and confusing to have the option when you right click a Record Track.
All things aside, though, I do have to admit that I see myself using ALK2 for my arrengments and live sessions, and on the second day of my trial I had already made the switch from Ableton which I had been using for a couple of years. And that is saying a lot, for Ableton is very powerful on Live Performances.