Each week, Tom Whitwell of Music Thing highlights the best of the new music gear that's coming out, as well as noteworthy vintage equipment:
The Technos Acxel had the
coolest interface of any synth, ever. Cooler than the
Fairlight light pen or the ballbearing
switches of a Latronic Notron,
possibly even cooler than the wall of knobs on an old Moog Modular.
Developed in Quebec and launched in 1987, the Acxel came in two parts - a huge monolithic rackmountable cube (called the Solitary) and a touch-sensitive control panel (called the Grapher) covered in 2114 LEDs and a two-line vacuum-flourescent text display. It looked exactly like something from a really good science fiction film.