Avast Thar Mateys,
Aye think it be tyme for the Olde Pyrate to jump into this rowe. Aye be in the computer business of sorts. Aye can see both sides of this discussion. As Aye recall, Aye asked similar questions of our esteemed Inspector when I first learned of this marvelous tool. It be me understanding that Battery is the software that is included. Not being familiar with Battery, Aye downloaded many tutorials from the internet in order to learn the intricacies of Battery. It appears to me befuddled and ancient brain (what few brain cells are left after me bout with Captain Morgan), that Battery is a wee bit more confusing than EZ Drummer or BFD2. But we all have to realize that the choice of software and hardware is a personal thing, just as it is a boxed module like a Roland TD-20 or an Alesis DM-10 is. Aye don't know with this new computer how to assign sounds to me Jolly Roger ZX without using a monitor and mouse, but Aye suppose the good Inspector would explain it to me (or one of his fine technicians). The concept of a rugged, one button, instant startup system be intriguing, and the price be reasonable when compared to the purchase of a new Macbook Pro. So let us all think reasonably and discuss matters rationally. All parties in this matter be correct. It be human curiosity (humans are such a pitiful specieis, and I'm glad I'm not one of THEM!), to want to know how things work. We be thriving on specifications and information of all kind. Aye have questions, like shipmate fulrmr, but knowing the Inspector the way Aye do, Aye trust him implicitly to provide answers to me questions. Aye hope this helps resolve this situation.
And for shipmate Darin, Aye have not forgotten the superb effort you make to support the tribe with Zenedit. When Aye finally get the Jolly Roger Zendrum upgraded Aye will certainly be purchasing your fine software. And ye be correct too in that some of us have the skills to create our own computer. But shipmate fulrmr is also right. Why build one of our own, when someone else has already done such a fine job for us. Duplication of effort is neither fiscally or mentally efficient. So you both be right. That to me olde brain is a win-win.
Fairt Winds and Following Seas,