I love Playbeat 2, nothing wrong with this great plugin. After the update I was a little disappointed, mainly about the GUI. In my opinion the old one was more logically structured and, that is the main point of my critisism, it was much better to read. I hate this grey on grey shit. I think I furthermore use Playbeat 2. To all developers: Please don't sacrifice the workflow for the look.
A quick review of Playbeat which I purchased yesterday at the discounted limited time price.
Windows 10 using Sonar and the standalone version.
In the DAW, I found that occasionally the buttons would stop responding to clicks. It is easy enough to get responses back by closing the VST window and then reopening. This causes the buttons to start responding again.
The only big disappointment for me is that saving a preset seems to only save the pattern for the four channels and not the samples that you have selected to build your performance. I built a few very nice pattern / sample combinations and saved the presets. On loading the presets the sample boxes are blank, the correct patterns are there for the beats. I assume this is how it works by design, but I would suspect many users would not want to have to remember and reselect the samples they used to create the preset.
However, Playbeat is a great deal of fun and amazingly easy to use. For those working on a project, it is a no brainer to record your backing parts in the DAW to an audio track.
At the intro price this is a sweet VST and standalone application.