nathanscribe wrote:If you buy an original SEM and plug it in via a Kenton convertor, what's the difference between that and a SEM with a built-in MIDI interface? If you buy a SEM and record it digitally, what's the difference between that and a SEM with a built-in digital audio output? These features could be implemented as optional additions, leaving the fundamental analogue core of the device untouched, and enabling analogue purists to retain their favoured methods while providing others with convenience in a modern digital studio environment. Best of both worlds, I'd have thought.
The difference usually lies in when synth designers fill their modern analogs with modern technology, they usually also fill it with modern functionality and modern interface in order to appeal to the largest audience.
Admittedly, I don't know if this is the case with this device... and based on xpander's vehement response after, I suspect not.
Primarily, I'm responding to everyone who wants to pile modern functionality on an unmodern device... which, I would propose, would make the reproduction of the unmodern device perfectly pointless.
Also, I would like to draw a line between analog purism and doing that which is necessary to generate the sound that was traditionally favored. If you modernize analog interface and functionality, you don't come away with the already subtle distinctions in sound which should be that which you seek when you seek analog.
As for a modern studio environment... have we moved beyond quarter-inch outputs, yet?
nathanscribe wrote:Nobody goes into business to make a loss.
It seems that "quality musical instrument" is often inversely proportional to "big selling device" in the synth market, these days. The synths which everyone wants to duplicate or reproduce today were made to be expressive musical instruments, yet modern synths tend to lean towards functional tools. Functional tools make more money because they give more functionality and convenience with less effort or skill required.
I would just hate to see the reproduction of a hallowed device with its only similarity being "it's analog," and that not even being good enough for everyone who would desire it to have a LCD interface, full software compatibility, and a sequencer on it.
It's like Rice Krispie Treats with chocolate on them. ISN'T THE TREAT ITSELF GOOD ENOUGH???