[LAD] Open Source to be or not to be?

Fons Adriaensen fons at linuxaudio.org
Sun Jun 29 15:35:47 UTC 2014

On Sat, Jun 28, 2014 at 01:50:08PM +0200, hermann meyer wrote:

> As well you seems to be pleased with the faust zita-rev1
> implementation at this time and helped Julius with some hints.

Because Julius is a person I respect, and he tried to get
his version as close as possible to the original.

> >>and which is distributed under the GPL within the faust distribution.
> >Indeed. So you are entitled to use it - no problem with that.
> Al the discussion here imply exactly the opposite, . .
No. I just said I didn't like what you made of zita-rev1.
And then only after you asked for my opinion on guitarix.

> But, the "and make it look like a 1950s piece of vintage
> gear", I take as a compliment, because that is indeed what we will
> reach. :-)
> I understand, you didn't like it, but, that is a matter of taste.

No. As already explained, the design of zita-rev1 includes not only
the DSP code but also the way it is presented, and that is definitely
*not* as a low quality 1950s spring reverb for guitarists. That is
not 'a matter of taste'. You turned it into something which it isn't,
at the same time removing one its qualities: the calibrated controls
which enable the user to set a preset 'from his/her head' which is
something experienced audio engineers do all the time.

> I didn't like how zita-rev1 looks in your original version

Then you could have changed that while still preserving the intention.
And maybe you don't like e.g. calibrated controls because they look
too 'technical' for musicians. In that case just don't use zita-rev1.
It is definitely meant to look technical.

> >Creativity is not just the ability to copy.
> Thanks for this tip.

It's not a tip, nor a remark on your abilities, see the context.



A world of exhaustive, reliable metadata would be an utopia.
It's also a pipe-dream, founded on self-delusion, nerd hubris
and hysterically inflated market opportunities. (Cory Doctorow)

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