CMM notes on "RE"
4. Props versions could potentially be more fully featured and as a result the premium version of devs plugins
That might not please too many VST users who do not use Reason or plan to. It is of course up to the devs as to how they sell their products but the way I am seeing this..RE versions might end up costing more than VST versions...that 30% cut that the Props want will surely have to be factored into the price of an RE version, surely.
Why code at a loss compared to VST?
5. Props are taking a huge gamble on Reason using 3rd party VST's as being enough of a draw to pull people away from their existing VST hosts. Really I cannot see a huge exodus
from other hosts to Reason as much as I like the RE idea. I just cannot see it. For that to happen a non Reason user will have to set aside costs for the following...
a. Buying Reason (even if it is just Reason Essential that is still about $99
b. Buying RE versions of their existing plugs again = $??? that could be very costly
So IMO it boils down to this...will using Reason and using CV routing e.t.c be enough to pull users from other hosts to go through that double price point to get RE's and use them in Reason? I seriously doubt that will happen anytime soon. Indeed I think some host devs might now be thinking of a way to mirror if not better the routing possibilities in Reason to nulify any advantage of RE
. That is more likely to happen before mass numbers switch to Reason IMO. A modular patch VSTi might even be coded (like EXT) soon enough.
Great idea from the Props but the additional cost of ownership is likely to slow down new customer RE take up considerably
IMO. No question about it RE is a new plugin format that is a rival to VST.
It certainly presents a potentially awkward choice for most VST users IMO. If the Props had cut out the need for a 30% cut
then RE would stand a much better chance of succeeding. Devs could potentially keep their VST prices the same (maybe) or give free cross grades to "RE" versions. Very little chance of that now. Nice to see that RE as a plugin format appears here to stay, but it will be even more interesting to see where it all goes from here.