Quote Dave B:
Well, you have a choice :
a) you can sit here and moan and whine - very fashionable and hip these days
b) you can play to the instrument's strengths and do things that a guitar (for example) can't do
surely (b) was the whole point of the synthesizer ...
The problem is synths have stopped being synths.
The mistake they make is aiming their keyboards at live players, instead of at studio players, of which there are far more!
Now keyboards try to be guitars, oboes, Sax, violins etc etc.
Fine in moderation, but now every synth has them - even the Roland Jupiter 80!!!
Personally, what I want is for manufacturers to concentrate on proper DAW integration.
MIDI is yesterday, I want my hardware synth to be an AU/VST when connected to my Mac/PC - the keyboard can be the dongle!:)
The Access Virus synths do a good job of this, so surely the others makes can too.
Roland's effort with the Fantom G was absolutely woeful!
The sooner they concentrate on offering proper DAW integration instead of light beam controllers and Piano sounds then they'll get back on track.