Do you know why it was $5000 back then? Because it used expensive computer parts like memory, CPU etc. I suppose you think a MiniBrute back then was $1500?
Now the reason I asked about Gaia is that it is an old school style VA, now who would buy such design if the market for such things is so tiny? Do you think if it had an analog board it wouldn't have sold just as good?
That doesn't really address the fact you didn't factor in inflation when you made the wild remark about how cheap Jupiter 8's were back in the day compared to now.
Minibrute is cheap cause obviously all technology has gotten cheaper, and because Arturia pays its Chinese slaves.. uhm.. I mean workers 2 dollars an hour.
There is demand for something like the Gaia cause it is cheap knoby and has lots of polyphony. The question is whether or not there is market space for a more expensive analog poly. lets see. Minbrute = 1 voice 500 dollars. Gaia= lots and lots of voice = 600 dollars.
We also have to remember that neither the minibrute or the MS-20 have patch memory. I think that a big company like Korg or Roland could develop a cheap mass produced analogue poly using third world labor but that it would only be a few hundred dollars cheaper then the DSI stuff so again the question is whether there is market room for it considering the cost of development.
In regard to the question, there is only really one moderately mainstream company' which produces analogue polys and the price of those poly's compared with the monophonic versions appear to be reasonable. Every voice you add increases to an extent the amount of components and chips you need to add.