Predictions for the just this year would tend to be directly tied to specific products, rather than wide shifts in technology.

Rather than predictions, I will throw out my hopes (rather self-serving, of course) that more musicians re-discover HARDWARE INSTRUMENTS. Though I was the person who developed the first pro soft synths almost 10 years ago, I’m probably the first to stop making software instruments to return to hardware.

All the reasons are pretty obvious, so I won’t belabor them here, but it won’t be long until everyone has the same pile of soft synths, since they’ll come free with the OS. The joys of playing a real instrument with its own personality will be rediscovered.