I watched the NAMM coverage of the Akai stuff. The thing they said that jumped out at me was that over the next 10 years, they expect you to be able to make music coherently across platforms regardless of where you start and finish. Whether that be home, studio, laptop, MPC, or Force. I hope that extends to other DAWs too. The example they gave, that would work relatively easily right now, is that you should be able to take a project from Ableton and do anything from a live remix, DJ it, or play (or replace) any instrument from it that you choose live on stage (with the rest clip-launched ableton style). Realistically, if you took the midi and had it chopped up to match your audio clips, you could do that with any DAW right now, but it would be a pain. So my hope is they find a way to automate a lot of that tedium.
I don’t exaggerate when I say that setting up a 45 minute set in FL 20 with a launchpad to control it was almost two weeks of rendering and chopping stems, naming them, and getting them arranged in a manner that I could reliably play. And after all that I still had problems with keeping clips in sync and 1 tempo change that needed to happen live with two tracks playing through it. Had to scrap the set over that. Add learning how to manage a Force project structure into that, and it’s just not a task that I relish (impressed as I am with everything else that thing can do).