I think that Ablaut made a good point, which is true for every step we make. Ask yourself “why” and what will it bring to your setup\how will it enhance it.
I have both the BeatStep Pro and the Neutron, and I always loved messing around with knobs and faders and playing with everything so for me, it was something I knew had to happen. I believe that there is nothing like having the tactile experience while creating sounds\music. I’m coming from the “acoustic world” playing the drums and piano and such, and I believe in instruments, touching them, smelling them, having a conversation with them, something that, for me, cannot happen with a mouse. I love VCV Rack, it’s my alpha and omega, but I have to balance it with a tactile experience. The Midilar is great, and had enhanced my experience with VCV a lot. It’s also such a nice feeling having the sounds at the tip of your fingers. Also, with hardware, things are happening in real time. There is no latency. You turn a knob, and it reacted directly. Anyway, of course, this is how I feel about it, but you have to ask yourself if something like this can really contribute something. Although, if you won’t try you’ll never know…
The Neutron is great and at a good price point, and it can be a good choice for having a go with hardware and seeing if it’s something that can speak to you. Especially now, that we’re so close to rack 1.0, which will have midi out. The thing is with the Neutron is that you’ll need somehow to play\sequence it because it has no internal sequencer so maybe it worth the wait for Crave, also from Behringer, which is a sort of a Mother-32 kind of synth with a built-in sequencer.
If you’re thinking about using the BeatStep with VCV then it’s also an amazing tool, but again, you’ll have to take latency in consideration. It doesn’t have to be an issue though.