johnny h wrote:Its been done!
Yes, seen it. And GR reviewed it here: https://www.soundonsound.com/reviews/black-corporation-deckards-dream
Still very expensive though, and lacks an integrated keyboard.
As for Behringer doing a cheap CS80 copy, I'll believe it when I see it. Its a hugely complex machine inside.
Not really. It's just 16 relatively straightforward interlinked synths in a box. :D The original looks very complex when you open the lid, but most of that is because of the nature of discrete electronics, the wiring looms, and the repetition of circuitry. I owned one in the 1980s and maintained it myself. The original uses a lot of bespoke analogue ICs for the oscillators, filters, envelope generators, and so on, which would have to be re-engineered in some way... but Uli's team have shown an ability and willingness to do that already.
With SMD construction it could be made at a much more practical, size and (hopefully) attractive cost. Finding a decent poly-aftertouch keyboard would still be an issue, though.
Yes, it's a dream... but who knows?