Originally Posted by FLICKOFLASH
It fell off the cliff in mid 1980 thru about late 84 keyboards over powered and drum machines
I think technology had some catching up to do as well to give guitar players the rackmount gear that shredders gravitated towards. All those then boutique amp makers like Randall and Soldano were non existent until the mid 80s as well. Sounds got arguable more polished as the decade marched on.