Without wishing to hijack, this all reminds me of my first fateful encounter with computer music, about 1985. I pursaded my then girlfriend, now wife, that what we NEEDED was a Commodore 64, because it would be a great wordprocessor (and incidentally, it had the best sound chip on the market, so I read).
Got the C64 and a copy of a computer magazine, which promised code to turn the C64 into the ultimate synth. So my girlfriend dutifully typed in 7 pages of code, best part of a day. We expectantly ran it, NOTHING... Error.... she checked it, I checked it, a friend on a computer course checked it. We couldn’t see anything wrong, but NOTHING happening. Girlfriend not amused or impressed. It wasn’t that good a typewriter either. All technical credibility gone! And no, she would not type in any more code...
Roll on a few years and I pursuade my now wife that what we NEED is an Atari ST because it would make a great wordprocessor (and incidentally, it is the best computer for music)... and what’s more, you don’t have to type ANYTHING if you don’t want to...
Amazingly, it was a great typewriter, DTP, graphics, CAD, database and, oh yes, MUSIC computer. All loaded from floppy disks (then later a hard drive) with, as I recall, some amazing freeware, especially from very generous volks in Germany.
Phew, technical credibility restored! And she is still my wife and is still putting up with me telling her what I/we NEED.
Although I love the hardware synths of the 80’s, I wouldn’t really want to go back to the computers of the 80’s :headbang:
But good luck to you, Ben!