2471 posts since 28 Jan, 2011, from MEXICO
1.- Personally I am not against subscriptions, I get office 365 because I think it is great value, what I don't like particularly is to get to much of the same in the bundle. In u-he case even if I love all his products I really don't find value in having so many synths, I am pretty much a "minimal" set up guy, I use two soft synth plugs: diva and serum, and that's it. I have had Bazille, ACE and hive at some point but they are either too similar or I don't have the time to learn them. And while I like the u-he effects I am not much into getting many and I don't need any of the ones offered by u.he so a sub by u.he wouldn't be interesting to me.
In the same sense Slate stuff is utterly boring to me, I would bet most people getting these subscription don't even use 20% of it, it is all part of the plugin GAS that many people can't control. Same for Kush and other developers with a limited portfolio.
To me the only company that could offer an interesting subscription service would be NI because they have a diverse catalog.
Rent to buy is more interesting, IMHO; for companies like u-he, many people in my country can't spend 180 on a synth, but might be able to pay 9 USD monthly.
2.- I would love u-he hardware, Diva mainly would be my dream: 5 octave keyboard with 80+ knobs, bi timbral and add a sequencer.
3.- About future products I am mainly interested in a drum machine emulation, I think that apart of microtonic the rests sucks. Tremor is good but i don't like FXpansion as a company, and the GUi is kind of small. The one by Xils has an horrible GUI, I really think there is a gap in the market for a good drum machine which combines emulation of classic old ones with newer features, that can make old+new sounds.
I would also like to see a saturation plugin, something between elysia karacter and fabfilter saturn. I would like to hear what u-he could do.
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