It runs Giga, too. Or Microsoft Word, I guess--it\'s basically just a WinXP computer integrated into a keyboard. Just thought someone might have tried it out and had an impression. I still like the idea, unless the keyboard is too synthy.
True, it doesn\'t add anything. Just a case of curiosity about a new toy, I guess. I wonder if they\'ll be mass distributed, though, and sitting next to Motifs and RD-700\'s at Guitar Center. If so, whatever sampler they include, assuming they include a softsampler on the hard drive, will suddenly be getting demoed a lot. (I wonder if Giga would be still more popular right now if Tascam had set up some kind of listening booths in a few Guitar Centers. Hard to set up, maybe.)
I saw some mention of demos to be out in stores for Giga 3--was this rib-nudging humor, or are there plans to do this? I hope so, if they have a lot of the libraries on a huge hard disk or two, so we could listen to them. It\'s one thing to hear mp3\'s, something altogether different to be able to sit down and play and compare instruments. At the very least, Tascam might organize the kinds of tours that Yamaha, Roland, and everyone else does, with presenters cycling through music stores and letting people hear what their latest product can do. Expensive, I guess, but I would think that they might work out an arrangement with the stores, the developers of the libraries, and the soundcard makers so everyone could share the costs. (I have no idea why I\'m suddenly interested in marketing strategies for Giga...)
Or maybe Tascam does do this? I\'ve never seen it advertised, but a lot things still don\'t reach Atlanta.