Hey, Here is yet another design concept on a plate.
How about Line 6 putting into production a simple mutlitracker amp simulator based around a footpedal which doubles as a DAW controller.
Here is the basic design.
First of all, include stomp pedals in basic transport controls. This kind of thing (foot opperated transport controls) has been done before by appogge although not very well done.
On top of that, you need to add arm/rec buttons for as many inputs the multitrack has to offer, perhaps using two additional stomp pedals to go up and down to choose channels to record onto. Add a basic meterbridge for tracks record/playback.
This device can be used as a standalone multi tracker or as a DAW controller, ideally used in conjunction with a simplified DAW that operates more like a classic digital multitrack plus basic engineering fx and signal processors required to achieve a basic pro level mix. Something perhaps in the lines of Presonus's Capture but which reflects more the controls on the foot pedal daw controller.
I would also add the functionality of being able to import the computer multitrack files into most of the top DAW's, either directly or using OMF file fomat.
I would also design the foot controller to be used to operate the daw purely from the foot controller with out the musician having to even look at the daw screen. The whole pc thing can really mess up some musicians heads and can make them go a bit OCD.
recording and rerecording any tiny mistake. so that it takes a year to finish one simple track. Taking this visual reference element away can be very liberating and encourage productivity.
Once recordings have been made and finished, the musician/engineer/producer can always then go turn the PC screen on and put their engineer / producer head on, and edit away.
Designers of DAW's still have not got their head around that there are millions of guitarists out there who don't necessiarily want to be computer boffins in order to be able to make good music, and in some cases, many of the old school who grew up with analog devices only, really don't want to have to learn even more in order to do the same job.
So why not give them the product that they have always been searching for (but just don't know what it looks like.
If you do make this design in real life, please at least give me one, as I have given freely.