[LAD] Experience driven design and Linux Audio

Ralf Mardorf ralf.mardorf at rocketmail.com
Sat Oct 4 05:14:45 UTC 2014

On Fri, 2014-10-03 at 17:59 -0700, Len Ovens wrote:
> http://www.zoom.co.jp/products/ms-100bt

Wow! Perhaps shopping new effects isn't that important for many
musicians: http://www.thomann.de/gb/zoom_multi_stomp_ms50g.htm

An advantage of the MOD Duo clearly is, that it's possible to connect
Expression Pedals and a footswitch extensor. OTOH for the low price of
the Zoom effects it's possible to buy several of those devices, this
would have the advantage, that if one device should fail on stage, the
musician wouldn't be completely lost.

The Advantage of the Zooms likely is the compact design, simply replace
one of your Boss boxes in the case with one of the Zoom effects.
Zoom is an established known company, if weak points, such as the
display should fail within the period of warranty, you can assume that
the company still will exists. You can't assume this for new companies.

I suspect that neither all available Linux effects, nor all the Zoom
effects will satisfy musicians, compared to some classic stomp box
effects, but both, a Linux and a Zoom likely could replace some effects.

Btw. I guess I'll order a MS-50G, resp. take a look if there are other
similar products available in this price range. Assumed I should dislike
it at a time when it isn't possible to send it back to the dealer, it
likely would be possible to sell it for half of the price, such a drop
is passable.

Resume: For us it's nice to get a device that is available to use open
source. Is this from interest for a majority of musicians? If not, than
the MOD duo never would become able to compete for the cost. However, if
the MOD duo should really provide something special, that isn't provided
by other products, the price still would be ok.

"[snip] Open-source seems like a somewhat dubious format for pedals,
since many cheap digital multi-effects processors already exist and are
generally shunned by people who prefer analog circuitry." -

There are simply analog devices enjoying cult status for good reasons,
but some of the new digital devices are accepted too, they are not
shunned per se.

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