Re: Stuck with ancient gear

From Data
Sent Tue, Oct 10th 1995, 23:07

>         What the ... is going on! When is someone going to save us from
> buying these old trashed, junky little drum/bass boxes for an arm and a leg
> and build something decent everyone can all afford! ITS A JOKE!
> Why doesnt a decent manufacturer like Serge/Doepfer or even Oberhiem come
> up with a new adjustable analog drum box at a decent price?
> Howard Hatfield

That would really be wonderful, yes.  One idea I have is for a modular drum 
synthesiser, e.g. something with a 6- or 8-osc module for making 808 cymbals, 
pink & white noise generators, specialised filters, &c.  I was thinking that 
you'd make one sound at a time on it, then sample that.  (Not very analogue, 
I know, but...)  I suppose you could also make, say, duplicate sections or 
something, and put in a little CV/gate seq.  I'd love to have something 
like that.  Oh, and also a dedicated reverb unit or two.

But I know that one reason that Roland isn't remaking the 808, for example, 
is that they can't compete with the used market yet.  808's still commonly 
go for around $700, and Roland couldn't sell enough of them to get them down 
to that price.  Mainly I think the size of the market is the real problem.  
Loads of people are quite happy with sampled 808 waveforms, and I'll bet Roland
thinks that only a small group of purists would want to buy a brand-new 808.  
Remember, they have to sell basically thousands to justify tooling an assembly 
line.  They are surely aware that the 808 sound is popular, because 808 (and 
909) samples come with all their newer drum machines.
  Reissues do happen: Remember E-mu rereleasing the SP-1200?  That made good
business sense because there was a popular demand for new units.  But if 
Roland were to reissue the 808, I'll bet a lot of people would laugh at a 
box that has less than 18 sounds, no digital waveforms, no LCD, hardly any 
pattern memory, no MIDI, &c. &c. and cost $1500.  Wouldn't fly.  And even 
the purists would probably swear that the new 808's somehow just didn't have 
"the Sound".
  That's just one example.  It's possible that a 303 reissue might make sense; 
I don't know why Roland hasn't gotten into that market.  It could be because 
they feel that the 303 is low-tech and retro, and they want to be seen as a 
high-tech company.  Also, the 303 sold very poorly when it was in production - 
much like the 909, actually.  But with 303's starting to consistently bag 
>$1000, heads might start turning at Roland.
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