Remember when we used to argue about dumb things like whether it was better to use computers or hardware keyboards for sound design? One big theme at NAMM was that all the major hardware makers (Korg, Roland, Yamaha, etc.) have embraced the use of computers for editing. Leading the pack is Korg, with some very sweet editing software for its new products. Who cares whether the computer or outboard gear is doing the work? The RADIAS synth has some serious depth in sound editing (even if its name has serious spelling issues).
Sequencer.de gets the scoop on everything you can control in the software, like the shot shown here of the formant capture . . .
Part of what I like about the RADIAS is the front-panel controls, but take a look at this formant capture screenshot. (Thanks to Matrixsynth for the catch.) What are you looking at? Well, in addition to having a vocoder for live audio input, you can sample several seconds of audio as a formant and use that for modulation. The 3D visualization helps, and I hope some software will follow suit. I still don’t think this is the project discussed in comments at Music thing, though, in which Eno tantalizingly talks about a new visual filter interface he’s been working on with Korg.