Today on my weekly 'Economy of Scales' segment for Gizmodo, I take a closer look at Dave Smith's new analog/digital-hybrid keyboard. How did Dave earn the "pioneer" title? His background includes co-founding Sequential, makers of the classic Prophet synth, and a leading role in the creation of MIDI, as well as fathering the Korg Wavestation. Further reading: Dave Smith's history, as told through his own Ego Museum Roger Linn and Dave Smith, interview for Red Bull Music Academy Dave Smith, interview with MacMusic Sequential Circuits history at Synthmuseum Prophet 5 resources
'Twas the night before Christmas, that the folks at Dave Smith Instruments let their new 4-voice analog keyboard out of the bag. Like the Evolver rack, the keyboard coming at the NAMM show next month will have real analog circuitry, a MIDI-synced analog-style sequencer, and extensive effects and editing parameters. Of course, there are the stats will really care about: 78 knobs, 58 switches, blinking LFO and sequence blue LEDS, and backlit wheels. Analog synthesis remains alive and well, folks, for those who can afford it. Product name and pricing TBA; more details soon.