My idea would be to make a configurable modular.
Identical panels with controls and jacks, but hi-speed A/D and D/A and internal processor inside. Possibly DSP.
Made cheaply using surface mount techniques and with having to design only one panel, the modules could have their function defined by what program they’re set to run.
Make one an envelope, make one an oscillator, cascade several and make a sequencer, etc. Redefine as needed and upload future new programs and ideas.
Done right, they wouldn’t cost too much and they could have their programming info made public, so others would offer new functions.
Panels could be offered in 1/8″, 1/4″ and banana jacks too.
January 10, 2003, 5PM