Ran across these two sites related to the company that was asking for input from developers at NAMM for their Linux-based, Giga-compatable softsampler.
This is the company\'s site, with pictures and specs of the keyboard (the softsampler seems to be intended both as a standalone product and as a program that will reside on the 80 gig hard drive of the keyboard:
The Mediastation\'s X-76 goal is to be very flexible and suitable for both on stage performances and to act as a fully portable studio too, with audio/midi sequencer, sampler (LinuxSampler) and powerful software synth.
There is no limit to the software that can be put on the keyboard and the company\'s policy is to keep updates and new applications free. Basically you connect the keyboard to the internet, press update and it updates and adds the latest audio/midi applications both those that are freely available and those that are developed inhouse.
It\'s a high end keyboard, perhaps not for everyone but it\'s just like Ferraris sell well even if many of us cannot afford it (at least I can\'t :-) ).
We are going to redefine the landscape of musical keyboards. In future it will be hard for big keyboard makers to justify $4000-$5000 for keyboards based on outdated embedded CPUs, minuscle amounts of RAM, limited polyphony etc. We will see ....
Anyway the good thing is that Lionstracs funds opensource audio applications (including LinuxSampler) and this will benefit the \"poor\" audio freak too.
If you are interested come to try them at NAMM at Music Industries Corp. booth #4334 Hall C.