Originally Posted by Lotus Voltage
I can't believe that anyone thinks that Korg are actually going to come through... The sound of the new analog gear by Vermona/Doepfer/Future Retro/Cwejman/Macbeth/Studio Electronics etc is better than anything the 'big' companies (Korg, Roland, Yamaha etc) are going to come up with. Even build quality wise the big companies can't compete - compare a Vermona Performer Mark II or a Doepfer Dark Energy or a Cwejman S1 MK II to the plastic junk that Korg, Roland and Yamaha produce these days. Korg/Roland/Yamaha just use their brand names and history to promote their new products but most or all of the actual designers and engineers who built their classic machines have long since retired. They are the same companies in name only.
I agree with you on many accounts there, however...i find myself liking some of their things, without care for their name to be honest. I like the Gaia, even though it gets bashed, i would like to have a Mini MS-20
(if its not too expensive), but i would like them regardless of their name or company history...i like them because i do...like when your presented with blocks all of the same shape and size but different color, then asked to pick your favorite.
But, like you, i would like to see them remake or at least, re-introduce, some of their older stuff (would love a modern hardware FM synth).
Just putting out my 2 cents on the table
One more thing, on topic info, i think i saw that Oberheim was releasing (or has, my time is spotty right now) a semi modular 2 voice synth? Could someone let me know if im right or wrong on this regard? :P