The story of NAMM 2012 was iPad integration into the digital audio workspace, but no-one seems to have told CyberStep. After showing off a prototype last year, the company came to the show with a final version of its KDJ-One portable DAW, and spec-wise it's almost a tablet in its own right: an 1GHz Atom processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB flash memory, and a 5-inch 800x480 touchscreen. It's not short on control options, either, with a jog wheel, a Nintendoesque D-pad, a 15-key LED-lit rubber keypad and (inexplicably) a rumble pack combining to help you navigate the on-board sequencer with up to six tracks a pattern. The KDJ-One is Linux-based, and CyberStep says an SDK is coming soon allowing for the programming of new synthesizers and other software.
The undeniably cool approach comes at a price: $829 for the Wi-Fi version and $799 without, before shipping. It's not much cheaper or more portable than a small MacBook, but we imagine that CyberStep isn't strictly trying to appeal to pragmatists with the KDJ-One. The company is taking pre-orders from its website now, with shipments promised by July at the latest.