Urs wrote:Well, it is a viable request. The fact that we've thought of this scenario many times is a hint that we find it an interesting idea. The idea to do range of vintage mono synths was kind of aligned with it. However, experience shows that mono synths ain't gonna cut it. Once poly is added it isn't cheap anymore. Bubble burst.
We've tried, and it wasn't the first time. It hasn't panned out for us, we won't try again anytime soon.
I still love the idea of you guys putting out a series of museum quality vintage synths like the Cat, the Moog Prodigy or (to a lesser degree) a Rouge, but people are going to demand polyphony on the mono synths, and are clearly more interested in the classic poly synths of yesteryear anyway. I also sympathize entirely with the burn out factor after basically 2 years of RePro. It would be great if you could reuse elements that went into the RePro's like the voice structure, and could have some other DSP wiz on the team pump out osc, filter, and envelope models with relative speed and ease but it sounds like the reality is much more complex than that. I'm happy just knowing that Zebra3 is next, and maybe there will be some Diva love in the future and maybe the Cats after that.
Heck, maybe you guys start work on a big Diva update and figure out a way to better use Diva as a platform for more exacting emulations. I'm thinking more closely matched parameter ranges, and different LFO/Modulation modules/emulations with differing routings and ranges. For instance, load up the Minimoog osc bank and combine that with the RePro-1 LFO/Mod section with Moog Osc 1 and 2 replacing Osc A and B or maybe load in the Roland Jupiter 8 modulation/LFO section. Not sure if that makes sense, but the idea being that you could still have your Classic Diva LFO and modulations, or some pre-wired LFO/Modulation options that would be more closely modeled off the original synths. And with more closely matched paramater ranges, I'm thinking matching the different envelope, knob and fader ranges to the hardware and just accepting that they'll jump around as you change modules in Diva. Anyway, I've gone way OT and I'm not sure any of this makes practical sense.