Originally Posted by EvilDragon
I don't think anything Roland/Yamaha make will offer anything in the same range as Kronos. Yamaha still only relies on just samples and has no VA or FM or any other engine to use (and it's ******** not to have that considering their history).
The Jupiter-80 is kind of tangential to the Kronos. Fewer synth engines - two or three?, but what they do is quite impressive. Very interested in that.
I'm curious about the next Kurzweil myself, but they can't even release 128 or so vintage synth patches for the PC3 in two years?? And where is that expansion board I've heard of forever? On one hand, this might mean the K-Next will be unveiled this NAMM. Or, it could just be the symptom of a company which needs to hire a few more engineers. They take FOREVAR to do anything!
Yamaha... it's hard to say what they'll do. People still hunt down EXs, and as you say, AN-1xs which do sound pretty darn juicy. I'm sure Yamaha is aware of that, and how much people complain over the unveiling of yet ANOTHER Motif rompler. Meanwhile, people still gobble them up.
I have to say as a die hard synthesist that a good sounding rompler is still the most musically useful keyboard around, if you have to pick one. And you can't have a Kronos.
I think the Kronos and Jupiter-80, along with rumblings of Kurz New, will nudge them into finally producing a successor to the EX-5. Looking at the roadmap of the Motifs, the Motif was released in 2001, the ES in 2003, the XS in 2007, the XF in 2010. Sales will be the determiner, and it seems that the XF is still selling reasonably well. But then again, they are sliding a bit, and it wouldn't be out of line to see the next gen Yamaha in the upcoming NAMM. We'll see.