As a long-time MOTU software user myself (DP8.24, ElectricKeys, MachFive & Ethno), I've experienced MOTU ups and downs with their software and hardware designs. I've found that loyalty has its benefits and my patience has paid off because my software upgrades have shown me the great strides MOTU has made over the years. 2009 was very different than today, both for MOTU and their products. I read a previous review of BPM and it's a cool feeling to see how just about every complaint that user had in version 1.01 has been resolved and improved upon now that we're up to V1.5. 1) Undo has been integrated with a vengeance, allowing you the courage to make and fix your own mistakes, resulting in creative freedom and great music (and great software, as well). 2) Slice loop editing addresses the "loop-chopping" complaint, since you can now edit so many aspects of your loop slices, including the slice points. 3) Not only are the pads programmable now on the screen or via controller, but repeat values, volume, velocity, aftertouch are all elements that were either not available or perfected in V1.01. 4) Crashing, like the OSX10.5 the user had in 2009, is somewhat obsolete now that 5 years and numerous updates have passed. Stability is usually the most basic issue for developers to resolve before anything else and I've had no crashes with BPM. 5) New browsing and layouts should easily address any concerns about file management and soundbank organization. 6) The editing is as flexible as you want any program to be and all parameters can be tweaked, before, during and after play. The reviewer was right when they said "BPM had great promise...great workflow...great interface..." and simply need to address "these basic issues." It looks like that promise has been kept, since those issue are well-resolved and BPM is well-equipped to feed the creativity of musicians of many levels. No one should ever feel "stuck" with unsatisfactory equipment or software they spent money on. While it's true that software is non-returnable, the good news, when you deal with an established customer service-driven retailer like us, you don't have to worry as much about buying software that disappoints you. Our company is filled, coast-to-coast, with real-life experts who are patient enough to talk it through with you before you buy. That's a privilege you deserve, so take advantage of it!
Gary - Staff reviewer at SamAsh.com