Originally Posted by asynchro_nous
In my opinion a Hybrid wouldn't offer real innovation. DSI produces mainly analog technology and Roland doesn't have the money to invest in new infrastructure in order to be able to produce analog parts.
The future is still digital in the long-term. The digital revolution ist still very young. We've seen the first commercial digital synths not before 1983!
The digital revolution allowed new and never before heard sounds, but had many other weaknesses compared to the more limited sound spectrum of analog synthesis and people began to realize, that their DX-7 will never replace their analog synths, which they sold in a hurry, blinded by the digital revolution hype of the 1980's.
But the digital revolution is still going on, very rapidly, and we can expect much more innovation concerning digital hardware synths in the future, than we are able to imagine.
We are spoiled with bad soft synths everywhere, why we make the wrong assumption, that anything imaginable concerning digital synthesis has already been done, which is far from the truth!
It is relatively easy to write an algorithm, but much harder to create a really playable and worthy digital musical synthesizer, which needs many decades of experience, which Roland, Korg, etc. do have.
I wish to see a Jupiter-80 successor in the future, called D-6000, with touchscreen AND more than just four hardware controller knobs (like on the JP-80), but with full hands-on editing control with plenty of hardware knobs, faders and buttons, plus much enhanced modulation routing possibilities of the current SuperNatural VA Synth engine and much enhanced editing possibilities of the current SN Acoustic engine...and with the VariPhrase technology of the V-Synth.
And just because it looks so nice: