Inside an $8,000, Linux-Powered Luxury Synth

Korg is announcing it will add cutting-edge physical modeling synthesis to its OASYS synth, for reproducing everything from acoustic stringed instruments to far-out experimental sounds and, yes, realistic amp feedback. So why is this synth $8,000—and why is it running Linux on a Pentium PC? Gizmodo regular Peter Kirn went to Korg for behind-the-scenes details, and got answers so geeky they were a natural for O'Reilly developer sites:

Inside a Luxury Synth: Creating the Linux-Powered Korg OASYS [O'Reilly Digital Media]

Korg Adds Physical Modeling, Software Upgrade to OASYS Synth [Create Digital Music]