Or does someone else than me even dream of something as silly (and quite possibly financially unviable) as this?
There are interesting not-only-plain-subtractive synths, sequencers much more quirky and complex than of the linear step programming variety - and touch-sensitive, not-only-piano-like playing surfaces. What I haven’t been able to find, are instruments that integrate all these aspects together very smoothly, or at all. Other than in the puzzle world of computer systems and modular synth world, that is.
To give a silly and unrealistic copy-pasta example of the kind of idea space I’m thinking of, let’s imagine a multitimbral physical modeling synth editable via convenient front panel UI, combined with a Linnstrument- / Erae-like isomorphic keyboard with X/Y/Z axes mappable to any synth parameters, and an event based parameter sequencer with multiple tracks and timebases - think something akin to ER-101 / Usta or their Buchla forefathers, possibly combined with some logic and sequenceable clock multiplication / division for good measure.
That’s a pipe dream but hopefully gives an idea of what in the world I’m talking about. You may have other dreams that are as valid, I guess the crux of the matter being, is there something relatively complete in terms of synthesis, sequencing and playability on this area worth exploring?
There are many things that sort of approach this space from afar: in the sequence end, something like Elektron instruments or Deluge, which still feel like extensions on the step sequencing paradigm and well explored synthesis without being super quirky. Or, in the playability end, eg. Continuum and Osmose, which do have an interesting control surface and multi-algorithm modular synthesis engine - unfortunately so complex that it needs to be edited with a computer app, and with no performance sequencer aspect included.
If we “cheat” and use a computer, build an Eurorack system, or buy a Cirklon + Linnstrument + a wall of synths, anything is possible of course. I guess I’m wondering whether there’s anything I’ve missed that bundles nice things from some of these to a single unit that could be carried around, practised and mastered.
One thing I’ve never actually figured out are Gotharman’s devices like the new Zaturn. Are they a combination of “deep” synthesis / sampling with something other than super linear sequencing? No “playability” to speak of of course, mainly touch screen + encoder based UI, and the sound in all of the demos isn’t for me, but still…