SHHHHH! I still haven’t got one! I’ll let you know when it’s safe to talk about them again, LOL.
I was incredibly anti-USB MIDI before I bought the MIO4. It does try a PC (an old Win7 lappy I had laying around) into the fray, but only for the configuration side, once happy with the routing rules the PC can be switched off and put away.
[Warning: Personal preferences expressed below]
And yes, remove consumer computers from music. Of course every digital instrument and processor has one it it, but they are bespoke computers that are single purpose. I can’t get distracted by forums and IRC using my Pyramid with my Blofeld while recording to an R series Zoom recorder.
Sure they are great for some things like recording (if you don’t own a bunch of Zoom recorders) and uploading to soundclown, but the number of times I’ve lost work from a hardware synth/sampler/sequencer crashing is zero, whereas with computers (since OSX*) the number is higher than any drummer can count! A 2 grand system would solve a lot of stability issues, but so would a $600 8trk digital recorder from Japan.
I learnt a lot about running computers from trying to run music software 15yrs ago…