Thanks for the reminder on this, nilsec.
A few things on their web-site:
The big thing, which is nothing too big is this:
Huge thanks to everyone who applied.
Job applications are now closed as of 16th March. We are super chuffed by the amount of interest you have shown in joining our team and will be chewing through the applications in the coming weeks.
They were probably buried in applications – they should have been. Eight weeks since then so they’re probably through the interviews, and made job offers to perhaps half or two-thirds of the people they’ll have in the first year, you need to keep room for some flexibility, because after you’ve got this group of people in place for a month or so, it will be clearer what holes still need to be filled.
So the build on the facility is probably not done – as the Covid-19 thing will interfere with the physical parts of the build. And they’re also probably settling in with a work from home routine, with the new people, quite a few of which are still in process with getting a new homes themselves in Berlin. Budgets were done earlier with Korg Corporate Japan, but they now are being redone, with more detail on salary and project plans being more firm.
I’ve had the feeling 'til now of this as more a skunk works, but i’m not sure that’s correct. I think Takahashi is very serious about this venture of inspiration and leadership, showing vision, but also developing very real and useful products. In his words from the web-site:
Our aim is to build, develop and manufacture instruments that will make a difference during our time here. Those that will help the transition to a new awareness. Those that need to exist. Our instruments will be developed not only by the core team we are building, but also through per project partnerships and collaborations.
Korg corporate must at least have signed on in principle to this, though there has to be some guarded consideration towards this too. It is breaking new turf and so that must bring some reaction too. It’s good that Takahashi has a track-record of real bottom line corporate results, and corporate knows they need to be in the business of innovation.
The work has started on a handful of real projects – and wouldn’t we like to know what they are. I think the earliest we’ll have any hint of that is 2021, unless Takahashi or Rest has already had something in progress on their own.
Aside: I love to look at the tools an electronic shop uses – there’s a nice picture of their web-site of a Keysight Infiniivision 1000 series oscilloscope. (Dave Smith at Sequential is using a Siglent of a similar model.)
BTW: Anyone know what this rackmount stuff is, or would care to speculate? I don’t recognize it.
EDIT: Got better image.