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Postby Jorgeelalto; Thu May 17, 2018 7:11 am Re: Stacker by Sample Magic

Umm, pretty bad news.

I bought this thing a few months ago from Plugin Boutique, its last sale apparently since the product is no longer shown in their catalog. For 20eur (I think that's what I paid) it works well in Reaper, supports drag and drop (that's a killer feature for me) and sounds nice. My biggest problem with it is that each instance takes at least 10-15 seconds to load, while other plugins take at most 5 seconds.

To be honest I'm sorry about all of this because this plugin suits my use case very nicely, hopefully it works on W10 for a long time.
138 posts since 19 Mar, 2004, from Italy

Postby Shandar; Thu May 17, 2018 7:28 am Re: Stacker by Sample Magic

Thanks Sharooz for letting us know what happened. :hug:
I'm sad because Stacker is exactly the plugin I was looking for and I was hoping it would live and be updated for a long time. In particular I would have liked to see the interface opening time reduced, a compressor and maybe another synth layer.
I love Stacker's gui and effects, it's all well thought out and musical (the distortion and drive work beautifully). :love:
Let's hope one day it will reappear on the market. :pray:
22 posts since 31 Jan, 2018

Postby BeeDog; Thu May 17, 2018 7:43 am Re: Stacker by Sample Magic

Good and detailed update, but you should've definitely sent that out to all the owners of the plug-in (I'm one of them). It's never a good look when you hear about it being discontinued from second-hand sources.
212 posts since 28 Sep, 2012

Postby perpetual3; Thu May 17, 2018 7:51 am Re: Stacker by Sample Magic

One of these freelance developers is the man behind Drumspillage.

If anyone has been following Drumspillage, its the same MO: no communication, no bug fixes, no sign of life at all.

I really like DrumSpillage, and had Stacker on my wish list, but there are too many options out there nowadays to let behavior like this slide - and to be clear I'm not necessarily pointing the finger at Sample Magic.
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Postby Aloysius; Thu May 17, 2018 8:12 am Re: Stacker by Sample Magic

Thanks Sharooz. Disappointed ... :(
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Postby imrae; Thu May 17, 2018 8:55 am Re: Stacker by Sample Magic

Sharooz, can you give any assurance that the same thing will not happen to the rest of your plug-in portfolio?
212 posts since 28 Sep, 2012

Postby perpetual3; Thu May 17, 2018 9:11 am Re: Stacker by Sample Magic

imrae wrote:Sharooz, can you give any assurance that the same thing will not happen to the rest of your plug-in portfolio?

I don’t want to put words in his mouth, but if all plugins are outsourced to free lancers who (1) can walk away from a project At will; (2) refuse to allow a new developer to refactor the code for optimization’s and feature additions, then, technically, the possibility for a Plugin to be “stacked” will always exist.

I for one, understand why companies don’t call out these developers - they’ll be blacklisted by the freelance community.
5 posts since 7 Dec, 2011

Postby Sharooz; Thu May 17, 2018 9:53 am Re: Stacker by Sample Magic

Hi Imrae

Boost and Boost Pro have been built by Klevgrand and DiPole, both of whom are very active and building other plugins as we speak. DiPole are also working on optimising and updating Magic AB. Klip and Bloq are scripted and coded by a good friend and arguably one of the best Kontakt scripters in the business. Our DSP is licensed from Sinevibes - an incredible team whose components are found in many a leading manufacturer's wares. It's safe to say these guys are going nowhere and are fully committed to future development and updates on the products mentioned.

While more accessible, 'portable' tools like Juce make development and choosing programmers much less of a dark art, no system that I know of exists to ensure those programmers stay on the grid. In my experience, some of the world's most intelligent people are also the most unpredictable and an offer to work for a huge salary within a large corporation is a lure that most of these guys, especially if they're good, will eventually be tempted with or are unable to resist. Sadly that's a constant threat to us, and it's very difficult to compete, especially in a budget marketplace. I have no clarification if that's what happened to the Stacker guys, but it could be a reasonable guess. Some devs may just make a tidy sum from a couple months programming and disappear off to travel the world for a year without a care, and I've also seen that happen in the past too..

In my experience of re-coding projects, it's like asking a graphic designer, even builder or electrician to start work on someone else's foundations. It will almost certainly be criticised and flatly refused on the basis that "everything is wrong" and the only option given is to start from scratch. To start from scratch on Stacker would not work at its current price point (someone on the forum said they bought it for 20 euros). To retail Stacker at a higher price point would clearly not work either.

If anyone on the forum with experience in Juce, could under NDA, repurpose the code and update it to include some of the most common feature requests I would gladly pay that person for their time, see the project through beta and offer that beta for no extra cost to existing customers. I'd like to see Stacker back to life as much as anyone on the board. Hell, I'll even throw in an expanded drum library out of my own personal collection. It was and still is one of my favourite tools for drum processing. My email is below:

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212 posts since 28 Sep, 2012

Postby perpetual3; Thu May 17, 2018 10:01 am Re: Stacker by Sample Magic

^^^ now THIS is an amazing response.

Well done.

And now that you’ve mentioned whose coding your plugins, I’m going to give them another look. Love my KLEVGR and Sinevibes plugins.
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Postby Sharooz; Thu May 17, 2018 10:16 am Re: Stacker by Sample Magic

Thank you. @perpetual3

Artemiy Sinevibes does amazing things and his plugins are absolutely brilliant. It's an honour to work with him and every day he picks up detail that the average mind would skim on or miss entirely. It's an honour to distribute his range too. Klevgrand too are a great team whose iOS stuff in particular I love.

To answer your earlier point, developers don't usually simply abandon a project midway (that's why we agree to pay them in milestones). The obvious advantage of working for a corporation vs working for an independent publisher like us, is that you can do the work, quit at any point and not be responsible for what happens in the aftermath or extended life of the project. The rest of your team can take over. We as the publisher have the responsibility to pick reliable contractors who won't do that, however we can't enforce contracts that make it the responsibility of a developer for the perpetual lifecyle of a product to ensure its upkeep. It's just not the 'done' thing in the freelance community as far as I'm aware.

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