We want to run something past you to see what you reckon. We now have quite a collection of cool hardware lurking in the lab – everything from a Jupiter 6 through some antique Korg goodies to shiny little DXs begging for attention. And all of them make awesome noises.
Now, most of our instruments are firmly geared to giving you a ton of control. They’re basically fully-fledged synths that you can tweak and program and get thoroughly creative with.
But sometimes what you want is a great big warm pad, right now. Or a screaming angry lead, right now. Or a classic digital tines patch, right now. And all those sounds are actually kicking around our lab, waiting to be sampled, except that doing that doesn’t quite fit into our usual MO of making fully-featured machines.
So we were wondering what you thought of a series of instruments that are, basically, PRESETS, with just a tiny bit of tweakability.
Here’s how it would work. We’d take, say, a way-cool PolySix patch; sample the bejeezus out of it; package that into a little pre-built UI (think something along the lines of the NanoMods, but very simple); and there you go. Your very own PolySix patch. There would be a bit of tonal tweakability built in, but not anything too complex; the idea is, this is the patch, now get playing!
We’re thinking also of a very keen price point for these. Pennies, not pounds. Not quite sure how many pennies, but you’re not getting a whole synth here; you’re getting one patch, so let’s put it at a real pocket-change price point.
And then, perhaps, we could do bundles of patches with extra discounts on top. So you could either cherry-pick the specific sounds you want, or, perhaps, get the whole of the factory sounds of a Jupiter 6, at a saving over buying the patches individually.
So – let us know what you think. Like it? Hate it? Features you want to see in it? (Remember, we do want to keep this simple, so we’ll be resisting feature-bloat.) Price point to aim for? Let us know, and we’ll see what we can put together for ya…!
The Professor (and Mongo)