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>Not having to rely on a computer is what interested me most about
>the Analog Devices chip. I am not completely sure about all of its
>capabilities, but it wouldn't be hard to imagine a processor which could
>easily be modified by the user. Think of the new possibilities consumers
>could explore if we were given the freedom to load up different
>instrument, effects, recording, or sequencing algorithms. Imagine a
>rackmount unit that could be a synthesizer, a looper, a pitchshifter,
>etc. All of this could be manipulated by customizable realtime
>controllers such as the Peavey PC-1600, or a midi footpedal.
>I am probably going a little too far with the above description,
>but wouldn't it be wonderful if a manufacturer had the guts to create a
>tool of such versatility? Wouldn't it be great if they could trust us to
>decide what tools and features we need or want? I know home computers
>and their software can now do a lot, but their unreliable operating
>systems, noisy hardware, lack of tactile control, and bulk, make for a
>capricious and sometimes annoying creative tool.
We could program the machine according to our capacities:
Some use presets, others max, others assembler...
We exchange the sounds on the lists or handle them like shareware...
And since the thing will have several inputs, we can configure it for
polyphonic (mostly hexaphonic) guitar or to organize our tape loops ;->
And when its set up, we can take the one unit 19" thing (!) to stage
without needing a monitor, since we set it all up to operate from the only
big foot pedal...
A dream, but not very far