droolmaster0 wrote: Stab Frenzy wrote:
droolmaster0 wrote:Even if they came out with a nord modular 3, I'd never buy it. They have a history of releasing these things, and then dropping all support of them.
How long do you want them to support discontinued products?
you mean do I have an exact number? That's absolutely ridiculous. There have been lots of complaints over the years that for their products that require a computer to edit the patches, they discontinue the product and then rather quickly stop supporting and updating the computer software. But no, I don't have an exact cutoff. Sorry about that.
I can answer that to some degree, but it's kind of complicated.
At the bare minimum, three years. Ideally, 5 years or more. After that time period, open the source code to the community under a GPL or similar licensure, so that the community has the option from thereafter of supporting the software, or making the source open from the get-go.
That's just the software/firmware part of the rig; the hardware seems a bit more tricky to deal with, as having extra supplies on hand takes money and other investments. Perhaps modularizing the hardware (logic board, I/O, DSP,etc) in a format that can allow for replaceable components that aren't all mounted on the motherboard. However the hardwre side does seem to be a bit hearty (besides the USB I/O). so maybe that's less a concern.
Regardless, I think the idea was an outstanding one, with the unfortunate ailment that is lack of software support or replacement parts.
Would it make them buckets of money? I can't say. Would a G3 modular with current DSP tech and updated code be a hit? I also can't say. I do know that the first thing I had hoped when they released the "back to our synth roots" (paraphrasing) meant a G3 modular.