I definitely agree: among other things – like changing the start and end points for the loop, gate length, CC programming with no need of pc just including a cheap 3-digits/7-segment LCD (ref. Behringer BCF/BCR), etc – the lack of MIDI in is the greatest missed opportunity to hit the market with a perfect STAND-ALONE companion for any desktop analogue synth
(not only to integrate MBs but, e.g., also to control gear like the Dark Energy, instead of a much more expensive Dark Time, that – being analogue – cannot provide memories, scale quantizing, random play, etc).
I still believe I would like to have the BeatStep integrated in my live setup, so now I wonder if the ‘Kenton MIDI USB Host’ would make possible to feed the BeatStep with an external MIDI clock via the usb port and have it synched to another master-machine.http://www.kentonuk.com/products/items/utilities/usb-host.shtml
I know this basically doubles the price (and does not properly make sense), but I’d like to have the confirmation from Arturia staff that, at least, this could be an option …