Very interesting indeed.
Yet I do not see such a strict split between the 2 modes of the Aeros. It is true that those two behaviors are pretty different but they actually share a lot in common (I even already pushed for a third “hybrid mode” where you could, I think, get the best of both worlds).
I see the Aeros as a pretty versatile hardware platform, and what we can get out of it is actually to be written. I do not really see any conflicting features between the quantized mode, the freeform mode or even the potential future hybrid mode, but I understand the need for @DavidPackouz and @BrennanSingularSound to streamline the ideas so that functionalities are exposed to the user in a consistent and meaningful manner, hence sometimes some replies where they will say things like “we don’t want to do that because of quantized mode or MIDI or whatever”… where they should probably say “we can do this but we have to find a consistent way to expose it so that it remains valid/understandable across the different modes…”
As long as it is not an excuse for not implementing something necessary but only to offer the best possible user experience, I’m fine with it, and I can hear arguments.
I will probably not become a user of the quantized mode, but I could definitely become a user of the potential hybrid mode (which if you think about it is reallllly close to the quantized mode), and the idea to have an evolutive platform which enables these kind of innovations is clearly one of the key driver for me to have chosen the Aeros, and I would definitely not like a scattered ecosystem where you would have an Aeros for midi-ers, Aeros for covers, Aeros for improvisers…
Like you, I am waiting for a flawless freeform mode, and I think it’s on a good trend now. Voicing our concerns in topics like this one for example about the fact on-press events for recording actions are not negotiable make things progress in the right direction, and I think it has been heard and agreed now.
P.S. Please forgive me for shamelessly pushing for the hybrid mode … Hummm did I again ?