Johnny Lenin wrote:The thing is... there has been plenty of new gear released in the past year. We're just spoiled.
Overheard at NAMM 1981: "That's it? A piddly drum machine and an upgrade to the Jupiter 4 from Roland? A few new wrinkles on the CS line from Yamaha? Well, at least Korg has its PolySix and Moog has the Liberation. That's the showstopper... But geez, nothing really new."
As mentioned, I wouldn't be able to afford anything new anyways. But the only thing I could imagine that would really get me excited would be something with a really, really deep modulation matrix and tons of everything (oscillators, LFOs, envelopes, multimode filters, etc.). Oh yeah, and make it all discrete. With 8-16 voices. But this thing, whatever it is, would be damn expensive. And doesn't it already exist? Not to derail the thread, but, having never used one, I am curious... what can be done to improve upon the Andromeda?
Ultimately, that basic 2-osc, 1 filter, 2 envelope and 1-2 lfo synth has been done. There are plenty of them out there. The only benefit I could see choosing one versus another is subtle differences in timbre and controller layout.
I would like to see some really, really high concept vision of synthesis that costs $15,000 and does all sorts of crazy, unimagined things, but, never mind the current economy, I don't know what hitherto un-utilized or underutilized synthesis technique would even underpin this beast.