aciddose wrote: ↑
Fri Mar 29, 2019 11:20 am
It's a very labor intensive creative pursuit that takes inordinate amounts of time and very specialized skills. If we're talking 8-hour days to be fair, the programmer needs to be compensated at minimum for their cost of living during the period they're working on the project.
Here where I am recently it hasn't been possible to find a flat/apartment for less than $1200 if you're lucky enough to find one at all. That doesn't include other expenses, that's rent alone. So offering less than that you'll likely narrow your options significantly and likely to the point there simply are no programmers who could afford to do the work at all.
Yes, I definitely have a lot of respect for all the developers, since it seems to require a lot of concerted effort to acquire the necessary knowledge to code audio plugins. I have high regard for people who still have the ability to focus on one field of interest and who manage to maintain that interest for learning over the cause of many years, especially with all the distractions and entertainment around these days.
But I also believe that the ones who are drawn to that field most likely already have the motivation and interest that enables them to do what it takes: the hard work and learn all the stuff. It's not like people are forcing themselves to learn DSP against their own will, just to have a job.
Also, my impression is that it has become slightly easier to learn DSP coding with frameworks like Juce and IPlug or with functional programming languages available, that take some of the complexities of abstraction out of the equation. It's probably still a very sophisticated and demanding job, but probably slightly more accessible to beginners than it was ten years ago I guess?
I guess if anyone really wanted to contract a developer to realize one's own plugin concept, one could contract a computer science student from one of the schools that teach DSP, maybe for a masters thesis project or something similar.
Now I'm really curious as to where you are living currently, since it seems to be quite an expensive location?