General discussion thread for the recent new generation of Poly AT keybeds.
You may have heard, the ASM Hydrasynth has a brand new keybed designed by ASM for polyphonic aftertouch. Joining that club is the new Waldorf Iridium Keyboard, this time in collaboration with the venerable Fatar and appears to be based on the TP/8SK design. Lastly, Behringer announced two years ago they had finalized a poly AT keybed to be used in upcoming premium poly synths, none of which have released yet.
Brief history lesson: support for polyphonic aftertouch, independent key pressure values, goes back to the original MIDI spec. It does not require newer MPE implementations, and many synths silently support this part of the MIDI spec, but development of polyphonic aftertouch keyboards and keybeds died out in the 90s (largely due to cost) until a recent revival.
Who will be the first to market and sell a Poly AT MIDI keyboard? Native Instruments? Arturia? Behringer? Elektron?
How much would you be willing to pay for a Poly AT MIDI keyboard, or an upgraded keybed in an existing synthesizer you love?