If Intelljiel were to make a 0-coast style desktop semi-modular, with smaller, somewhat limited versions of the current modules normalled together, what would you like to see in it?
For control, I’d definitely combine some of the functionalities of Metropolis/Metropolix, steppy, shifty, and tetrapad/tete, but not with as many pads/sliders. It could be possible to combine all of their various overlapping abilities into a single hardware. I might change the tetrapad’s current layout into a ribbon controller-like strip along the bottom of the thing. I’d definitely include a mini quadrax, maybe only one or two units. Either that, or a full quadrax, but with only one set of knobs for space. It would be essential to have everything share only one screen and encoder, but the screen could be bigger than what we currently have since depth wouldn’t be a problem in a self-enclosed semi-modular. A zeroscope sleep-state for the display would be easy.
Multifunction button-lights are already within the scope of what Intellijel does, and are an obvious must. I would also have some multifunction sliders, that could either be mapped to cv outputs, change the Metropolix sequence parameters the way they already do, or perhaps control a mixer/vca. If possible, I’d make them motorized sliders.
I’d definitely have a lighter Plonk engine, with fewer menu parameters, or multiple parameters combined. A Dixie (or a lighter version like in the osc1u) would of course be a must. I haven’t played with any of Intellijel’s filters, so I have no idea what to use there. As far as effects go, a limited Springray, with one hardwired spring tank, would be an easy addition. A single-knob wavefolder would be nice. A rainmaker would be amazing, but I’m sure my ideas are already running out of space. Then again, it could be all a part of the combined UI.
The only other thing I’d personally want is a mid/side encoder.
This might be all too much for a single desktop semi-modular, but it could be cool to have it broken up into two or three the same way the Moog Mother-series or the Make Noise ones are.
What do you think? What would you add?