I’m thinking of writing a longer post about the state of hardware synth editor software – but the below is interesting to me.
Here’s a quick video demonstration of someone using the Windows version of the microKorg editor.
Now check out this shot from the OSX version.
You basically drill down into each patch – and since every property is a new window it gets real messy real fast. It’s a lot different than their Windows software.
The current microKorg OSX software also hasn’t been updated since 2002 – yet the microKorg is still one of the most in-demand synths today in 2008. 6 years – no development.
Here’s an example of patch editing on the OSX microKorg software:
Which is similar to our old buddy, SoundDiver:
Perhaps Korg asked the eMagic people to make a modified Sounddiver for the microKorg – and since SoundDiver isn’t actively developed anymore it has stagnated.
Granted – It seems like it’s been that long since the Windows Software was updated, too.
I think this whole hardware synth editing problem could be fixed if hardware synth developers started doing the following:
- Put a CD (or download code) of the VSTi or Audio Unit version of the same synth in the box
- Let users edit the synth through the software synth interface
- Let users load those settings they make on the software directly to the hardware synth in an easy way that doesn’t mention anything old-skooly, like ‘sysex’)
I might buy a lot more hardware.