Fantastic subject @FantomXR!
I’m afraid they would not be very reliable. Motorized faders on a big studio console which is used by only a few select people behind a glass, why not. On a live instrument thrown into a gig bag? yikes!
My dream machines would be:
- 88 hammered action 1st + 61 semi-weighted 2nd, High-End fatar keybeds ok
- Very compact, Pitch and Mod Wheel on top. As lightweight as possible.
- A colored LED light strip to show the key ranges / split points would be a killer feature
- Text screen is ok but if possible big and more than just two lines of text - ability to display full ascii charset at least - an UTF8 subset would be killer. Screen does not have to be center aligned.
- 9 faders/pot/3 buttons set with 3+ banks, Ideally Centrally-Left placed
- < and > buttons to go beyond 9 faders virtually
- Full transport keys, including endless big rotary (I need to do a lot of studio work too!), again with shift key ideally
- Big Live Buttons : Panic, Previous/Next State, Previous/Next Song, with Shift Button (e.g. instant vs delayed switch), possibly Previous/Next Global (next state or next song if last state), freely assignable buttons (loop controls would be so nice once it’s available in Cantabile!)
- Transpose Buttons + ideally led counter to show something like +37 (wild example for the sake of it)
- Tempo buttons (+, -, Tap Tempo), clock synchronization
- I know you said no pads, but in my dream machines, they are here so… some place to put a pad controller
- I know you said no html screen, so some place to have a tablet in mirror mode (an extender like the Arturia keylab mkII 88 is nice)
- A global Master Output Gain fader!
- USB Powered AND External Power
- At least 2 switches + Expression Pedal sockets
- Sysex documentation (shame on you Arturia)
Would pay $1000 for the 88 version with pads (or even without them )