Decades without products before time are always a promise of sterile innovation into the future.
...Fairlight,Synclavier...extracted their technology merits even to these days.
Where and when would Emu,Akai even begin to shape this technology if they haven't seen the promise of Farilight?
Just a one corner of the creative side, certainly the story could be told even before 2 of the big boys.
I mention this because saturation of present offer in world of consumer and pro equipment is making (sadly) life to such machines impossible.
Like Tour De Force car design a prototype we know to never shape in reality but nevertheless presents direction how next models will gaze into production.
One of such creations was Korg Oasys, Korg presented a promising open architecture and same brought great fame to later Trinity...Triton series. I remember talking to one of designers (Bowen,Bowers?) at Music Show, and even then I was told that Oasys is just that. Presentation of innovation Korg is yet to offer in future products. We both agreed what industry already knows today that even financial cycles of securing the parts for production and support for next 5-8 years would make more then sobering boost to abandon any idea of making alone product as Oasys.
Well, early steps to this year brought Oasys as full production ready instruments. From one side I'm happy because landmark products are necessary for future innovation and if Korg manages to actually cover production expenses and make this success, this is fantastic news.
But, I fear this is very dangerous step in reality where market can no longer realistically appreciate this price range of instruments (remember hardware samplers) today when my beloved Emu is nothing but music card maker for Creative, I think my doubts are not exaggerated.
Many could financially endure this with even greater aplomb then Korg, but they feel this is somewhat of utopia, these days when recording cards are less then 100$.
If Korg fails, this demise would even more cement bravery of others makers who also considered such creations, and I repeat for real progress product like this are important.
As ex. CMI3 owner I hope Korg will make Oasys as viable success,lets all hope so.
Good thing is that present Oasys is slightly less cut version from 1995. Oasys, and making almost as half reduced in cost as projected with first version