roland g motif receptor kronos?
There are a number of solutions, they are not fast or terribly convenient(except the receptor) compared to a laptop
The problem is partly the expense, and I already have a keyboard. I think of the Roland G and the Motif as synths that allow the user to load samples. The Receptor is more of a vsti host, isn't it? The Kronos looks good, but the 88 key version is about $4K.
I was thinking of something like a faster, smaller Akai S series rack but with much more RAM and the ability to use whatever hard drive one wanted. The user could load 50 gigs of samples, if need be, and dial up the instrument as wanted. Knobs to control the envelopes. Ideally, sliders for an 8 band EQ. Map the samples using Linuxsampler on a pc (the software is called LinuxSampler, but there is a PC version). And use Linux as the operating system, built into the ROM?
Could I create this? No,since programming the ROM and knowing what chips to use would lose me immediately. But surely someone with a good grasp of both sampling and building a system is out there. Feasible?