redchapterjubilee wrote:Once upon a time Korg was a little company, and their reason for going into business was to improve on a product they found lacking: the drum machine. Not necessarily because they wanted to make money (though I'm sure that if that was the result they wouldn't turn the $$ away) but to make a product they themselves would use. This is pretty much the story of nearly every synthesizer manufacturer. People don't start doing it JUST because they want to get rich. But get rich is exactly what some of those companies did, and then their priorities changed. Now it is no longer all about making cool s**t or improving on other's cool ideas.
I was going to stay away from this thread, since it's just going around in circles, but I gotta respond to this.
If you go into business and making money is not your top priority, then you're a shitty businessman and will most likely fail. Yes, Korg started small by making drum machines. Why did they make drum machines? Because they saw an opportunity in the market for a product that didn't exist (aka they thought they could make better drum machines than anyone else) and therefor they saw an opportunity to make money
. And they were right.
I don't see how that's changed all that much as they've grown. Korg still manufacturers very innovative and useful products. They still see opportunities in the market and make products they think will fill those holes while making money.
Let's just take a few models from the last 20 years as an example of some of the great products they've released recently:
1990 - Wavestation - improved upon the Prophet VS in many ways and is still a classic
1994 - WaveDrum
1996 - Prophecy - one of the earliest VA's
1996 - Trinity - first touchscreen workstation
1999 - Kaoss Pad
1999 - Electribe
2000 - CX3 (has features other clonewheel organs still don't have)
2000 - MS2000
2001 - KARMA
2005 - OASYS
2007 - Kaossilator
2011 - Kronos
I'd say that's a pretty impressive track record. If they think there is a potential to make money with a product like the OP is suggesting, then they will do it. If they don't think there's money in it, they won't. That's called common business sense.