Oh jeez, you're demanding they release it within the next few months finished or not then? :roll:
I hope Arturia doesn't have too much invested in origin... It's expensive enough that there's a good chance it won't do well, and I wouldn't want Arturia to disappear... Losing such good software over a foray into hardware development would be a tragedy...
Yes, I feel very much the same way.
I think Origin is a good move for Arturia, but it's chancy and I really hope it comes off.
One of the reasons its a good move is that it gives Arturia chance to show what they can do without problems from elsewhere. Their software sometimes suffers from problems caused by the shortcomings of operating sysems over which they have no control, and apparently (I haven't put this to the test myself) from compatibility issues with third-party software sequencers and so on over which, again, they have no influence. Origin at least gives them a chance to develop the entire instrument, platform as well.
My concern for quite a while is that prospective buyers of Arturia synths may be put off by the negative comments being made by people who have problems. Of course genuine problems should be addressed and not minimised, if at all possible, but there's quite a lot of anti-Arturia feeling in some quarters. It may seem more serious than it is because these forums and other Internet synth forums tend to fill up with comments from people having problems, while satisfied musicians tend to just get on with their music and aren't so noticable. But it's the perception, rather than the reality, that may affect future sales most.
While there are people whose concerns are genuine and I'm sure would be addressed, given the time a very small and specialised company needs, there are also people who exaggerate the problems - such as, a softsynth is apparently `useless' to some people if you have trouble getting software to play it for you and you have to play it by hand, like a `real' instrument.
Then there's the guy who some people take seriously who complains loudly about the MMV not being like a `real' Moog modular, despite having zero experience of the original hardware Moog modular. He's not taken seriously by people who know about Moogs, but he's fooled a few others with his lengthy lists of alleged shortcomings with the MMV.
My fear is that Arturia may be put out of business due to people being put off buying their products because of bad publicity. If that happens, by the time people realise just how good their synths are it'll be too late to buy them and any updates that would have happened will never appear either.
Some really great companies have vanished in the past. ARP is perhaps the most sadly missed. Moog went as well, but managed to come back, thankfully. It'd be tragic if Arturia went the same way - and far too late if people are then saying `hey, they were a great company. It's a pity they're not here now.'