Novation have just press released their uncomfortably-named XioSynth, an all-in-one synth, audio interface (with phantom power and mic preamp) and MIDI controller. It seems very small and cute - running on 6 AA batteries, with 8 voice polyphony, 200 presets, USB, a semi-weighted keyboard and built in effects (delay/reverb etc). Each voice has "3 Oscillators (17 waveforms + Noise), 1 filter of varying types, 2 LFOs". It has a 32-step gate sequencer - at the moment all it does is gate, but "we are already in discussion about other uses (e.g. modulating the filter) so it will be expanded in an OS update in the near future". Seems like great value at £229 (with a 49 key version at £299) - making it considerably cheaper than a MicroKorg, and with full-sized keys and more knobs. If you're loooking for a MIDI controller and would also like a little synth for deckchair tweaking, this could be for you.