Running live suite 8.2.1
macbook pro 10.8.3
2.66 intel duo
4 gig ram
here are the issues:
1)received the SparkLE last week, computer would not see install disk, downloaded demo and installed activation key from there.
2) standalone the unit and software work well, Ableton not so much, playing double notes when accessing banks 9-16 (I have seen a lot of people having this issue in other DAW's)
3) the SparkLE will not write midi notes in Ableton when trying to sequence ( I can only finger drum the pads to write notes like I would on my launchpad ) I bought the Sparkle to sequence not plays drums like I would from my midi keyboard
4) when I go into preferences from SparkLE I get the message:( ####WOULD USE "IAC Driver Spark1 midi OUT" BUT THE PORT DOES NOT EXIST#### ) on both the send midi from sequencer and send midi from pads.
5) I was getting a lot of Ableton crashes but downloaded a patch 188.8.131.52 that I found here in the forum. so far no issues
6)after finger drumming a simple drum groove ( maybe 4-5 sounds) in an Ableton channel and writing in the breakdowns I noticed that even on the scenes that I didnt have a kick the SparkLE was still sending a random kick in the loop it was never in the same spot, it jumped around completely random ( this was the last straw and I have not used or plugged it in since)
In summery I am feeling burned, I could not wait for this controller to be released I purchased the MinLab at the same time as the SparkLE but the MiniLab was not in stock yet and I am currently waiting for it to ship, however my high hopes for the MiniLab have been crushed by the bad taste the SparkLE has left. I was very excited for the SparkLE I love the size ( I travel A LOT ) and the form factor was just so cool and made sense it LOOKS like a beat machine should (the reason I did not go the machine mikro route) if these issues cannot be resolved I will be returning my SparkLE and looking for something that helps my work flow not give me a headache.