As someone used to working in Logic 9 I have made hundreds of channel strips with my own setups for plugin instruments, even Reaktor ensembles. I see that LPX now has a new format called patches but I'm struggling to see what advantages using patches would bring me, other than the ability to share them with Mainstage (which I rarely use). The Groove 3 video I watched on Smart controls states that you should use Channelstrips to save Smart Controls with Logic plugins and Patches to save them with Third party plugins but I have experimented with this and I can save recallable smart controls using either format (the interesting thing is I can even then open the channelstrip created in LPX in Logic 9 so they are backwards compatible - sans smart control obviously). So then I thought maybe the difference is the new patch merging feature would only work with patches, as the name suggests? However after experimenting with that I found this also works with channel strips. So I'm still none the wiser about the differences, why should I move over to patches when channelstrips seem to do everything they can do, with the added advantages of backwards compatibility and the ability to load them from the channel itself (like a plugin) and not have to keep the library open to quickly switch strips? If Apple really want people to move to the new format they should at least make them easier to access than channelstrips.