Here's something I'd like for Christmas, a sort of magic box. It should have:
- A tuner with an easy to read display
- A metronome
- A digital recorder that records directly to a digital memory (mp3?). This recorder should be able to directly upload to a computer through a USB connection.
- Good speakers.
- A set of oscillators which can send drone pitches through those speakers. Also the oscillators should be able to play intervals and chords in just intonation (similar to the Tune-Up system but programmable to your needs).
- A remote control so you can tape yourself without many trips back and forth to hit the record and playback buttons.
I suppose you could throw in Smart Music studio with lots more useful accompaniments, too.
Here's the kicker: all this has either been done or is easily do-able. I think , if well -marketed, it would sell. But alas, performers are increasingly a niche market. The big sales bucks aren't there to justify the cost. Or are they?
Doubt I'll have see such a box, but maybe Santa has a soft spot in his heart for musicians.
I welcome comments on this one.
Maybe we can start a movement (hey, I can dream can't I?)