perpetual3 wrote:Just to chime in with my 2¢ here, but I’ve read lots of threads with contributions by wagtunes and I don’t understand the why anybody has a problem with him. From my perspective, the attitude so many take with him is simply rude. Of course I have not read every post over the years so, perhaps I’m simply ignorant. But from what I have seen, this rudeness and disrespect towards him is unwarranted.
If I wanted to show you a good example of ONE
of the reasons why Wagtunes is disrespected around here, these last pages would be a good place to start.
All it took was for someone to ask for some context to his contention that his own library sales were any indication of the sales of 'Modular'. I don't think experimental.crow was out of line to request such information, as it's pertinent; Nor do I feel the way he asked was disrespectful. Wag's basically 'spat' back that he can post whatever he wants...and some nonsense about apples
All of this in lieu of trying to understand why context for his statement is necessary for it to make any sense. And he clearly doesn't understand why, hence his using of Urs' statement as some justification (Nothing wrong with Urs stating that Zebra is his best selling synth. He is not using this fact to make a judgment on another unrelated position. If he were, people would ask him for the pertinent data that gave context to his stance).
Everyone posts nonsense from time to time, and everyone has moments when they are a bit aggressive when posting. My real issue is what he typically does next when he gets called out (Perfectly shown in this thread) i.e he resorts to playing the victim, and then, often, the martyr. The victim: It's the internet; It's the anonymity (In his given context for this, he is just as anonymous as anyone else); It's because he's an easy target (This is where he openly admits to easily getting angry, which is at least some part-admission of responsibility for why he gets the treatment he gets). Then martyr mode, where he explains how he is usually able to take it all on the chin, absorbing everyone's ire. However, "today" was just one of those days when he could tolerate it no more.
Saying all that, there are definitely people who will just jump in for the bloodsport, which just confuses the issue. Even in the last few pages, there are people who think that Wagtunes needs to declare his sales just because he often mentions them. No! His business finances are not the purview of anyone else. Were it the case that Wag's bragged about the sale of his libraries, then people would be within their rights to demand that he 'put up or shut up'. However, Steven doesn't brag about sales. He only talks about them in relative terms i.e How surprised he is that 'X' library sold 33.34576% less than 'Z' library, or that his libraries for 'A' synth always sell well. No context is needed for any of these statements...just the same as with Urs' declaration of sales trends.
What does need context, given with absolute data (Not relative, Waggie), is why Wag's believes his relative success with his 'Modular' libraries are any indication of whether Softube sold the amount of units considered necessary to continue investment into making further modules. I'm guess that in absolute terms he didn't sell enough to be of any statistical significance in terms of Softube's own sales analytics. I might be wrong
What's surprising to me is why it's any surprise to Steven that his 'Modular' libraries sell better, as I'd have imagined this as part of understanding his market. A synth like 'Modular' is alien territory to even the most knowledgable subtractive-synth users. It makes sense that mod-novices would be clamouring for presets that they could reverse-engineer, to learn how it all works. Add in the notoriously bad initial preset system, and it makes even more sense that he would shift units.