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RE: sp808, VP9000, and system design

Title: sp808, VP9000, and system design
I have a VP9000 sitting in its box on my desk.
I'll let you guys know what I think, when I've plugged it in.
The manual looks like it was made by the same people who wrote the SP-808 manual - not a good sign; I don't speak pidgin english well.
-----Original Message-----
From: pvallad1 [mailto:pvallad1@tampabay.rr.com]
Sent: Thursday, July 06, 2000 6:34 PM
To: Loopers-Delight@annihilist.com
Subject: Re: sp808, VP9000, and system design

Given Roland's track record, the sort of technology found in the VP9000 will probably appear in future Roland/BOSS products at far lower prices.  Probably with far less control allowed to the user as well, but you get what you pay for. :)
I have no problem with keyboards like the Triton.  It's still up to the craftsman to make his art, not his/her tools.  I mean, there are people out there doing crazy things like ripping open Speak N Spells and bending their circuits to transform them into new musical instruments.
   How bout the VP9000, Roland's new phrase sampler/time-pitch-groove-formant shifter?  Super-pricey, but perhaps kind of unique and novel.  Aren't we all sick of the current mainstream designs with the heavy emphasis on specialized application for timely, trendy styles of music.  I like dance music and so on a LOT, but love open-endedness and cultural innovation much more.  It was these kinds of flexible designs that gave rise to the interesting shift towards electronic-experimental-cerebral-yet-physical music culture.  But the companies seem to want to let marketing decide on design, like so much of our culture, and they really are selling out the future in favor of the present.  I'm excited about my Nord Modular on its way, for these reasons.
   People also seem to criticize the all-purposeness of things like the Triton or JV-2080, and so forth, but the expense of the VP-9000 makes me wish it were more generally useful.