The Technos Axcel Mark 2 on sale soon?

Remember the Technos Axcel? Only 39 of the mind-bogglingly cool touch-screen resynthesizers were made in the early '90s (here's the essential Matrix Synth post on the Axcel). You can imagine how excited I was when this email arrived:
"I am Pierre Guilmette the Acxel inventor. Just a short note to tell you that we put an Acxel-II project on the rails, you can have a look on very preliminary information on and some rough sound examples that show the capabilities (some exaggerate effects for demonstration purposes). Any questions are welcomed. Best regards, Pierre GUILMETTE."
The new Axcel hardware is, rather disappointingly, not a huge LED-covered touchscreen tethered to a vast monolithic processor block. It's a PCI card, or a not-terribly monolithic 1U rack unit. As Pierre says, it's very early days, so I won't say too much about the sound samples.
Still, the spec promises optional 'touch screen graphic editing', so that will be fun once we've all got multitouch laptops.

Even someone profoundly familiar with the Acxel must admit that the other 99% of folks who remember it only do at all because it was wonderfully weird and blinky and oohey-aahy. There shall hopefully always be magical "ultima-gadgets" like this that deeply spark the imagination, and keep mortals endlessly yearning to achieve great things with their music & art, if only to one day be able to afford these appropriately- labeled "monoliths."

So here's hoping this new incarnation is just as wacky as its predecessor, and not some also-ran me-too product which would only dilute the majesty of something as iconically untouchable as the original Acxel.

And I don't even know what the damn thing does. I'm just speaking (out of turn, as usual) on behalf of the 99% of casually interested yearners.
About the Acxel 2, we seriously consider 2 types of graphic interface:
- a LCD based touch screen interface
- a Led Matrix, strongly inspired from the original Acxel interface, with better resolution

For us the original Acxel is the starting point, nothing to dilute, on the contrary, much concentrate, suppporting all of the original features and much more.
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