I've been in the market for a summing mixer for a while, since I ditched my console. (For the record, the Soundcraft Digital328 is the biggest pile of shit ever to grace the pro-audio section at Guitar Center. Don't say I didn't warn you.) A few months ago, Vince Poulos, the main man behind Speck Electronics, announced on Gearslutz that he was going to be releasing a summing mixer. He put up an initial front-panel mock-up, and opened the field for comments.
The cool thing is that he actually implimented some of the comments (including one of mine, it seems.) Today, he announced that the Speck X.Sum is now available from the various places that sell Speck stuff. It is $1495, and is, I must say, the _perfect_ summing mixer for electronic-based musicians. It is basically a 32x4 mixer, split up in to 16 pairs. Each stereo channel can be assigned to either a Mix A or Mix B output. In simpler terms, you can take 16 outputs of your DAW and sum them to Mix A, and you still have 8 stereo inputs left as a super high-quality keyboard submixer, bussed to Mix B which would go back to the DAW.
This is such a perfect solution to my ills I almost peed myself. It is a bit expensive, but has moved right to the top of the "Must Get Now" list of shit I'll aquire when I'm rich and famous. You can read all about it here.
Bet you thought I forgot, huh? No such luck. Here we have one of my favorite gear pr0n pictures of all time, of Klaus Schulze live in concert in Linz, Austria in 1980. We can plainly see a pair of MiniMoogs and the trademark Moog modular behind him, as well as a VCS3. My original off-the-cuff spotting said the thing on the right was a Fairlight, but note the one-piece monitor/keyboard, plus the black face of the "CPU." So that's not what it is. The time is right, as the Fairlight CMI came out in '79. Could that be a QASAR M8? I've never seen a picture of one, but its CPU unit was black, I'm given to understand.
In any case, he's playing a CS-80, and aside from the 2600 on his left, I can't make out anything else in the picture. (I think that's a Polymoog under the Minis, though.) It is important to note that, when playing gear of this caliber, a welding helmet must be worn. I copped this pic from the Official Klaus Schulze Website, home of many ridiculous photos.
Sequencers are a dime a dozen these days, but check out this uber-simple VST host and semi-audio sequencer from Brambos. I've tried out the demo, and it definitely has potential. A lot of VSTs by commercial developers don't work, or crash it, and it has a couple obvious bugs without too much digging, but it's kind of an interesting take on the quick-n-dirty paradigm, and could be a fun sketchpad if some of these bugs are fixed.