Behringer System 100

Jay Vaughan ibisum at
Mon Jan 20 11:05:57 CET 2020

> On 17.01.2020, at 22:04, paula at wrote:
> So, you'd be happy with someone selling your music for a 1/10th of the price you do?
> It makes music affordable to many more people around the world, so that's good for music by the same token?

I’ve never felt that musicians should make money from their music, per se - but rather from their performances.  I know that’s a bit of a wonky position, but I plan to never make a thin red dime from my music - but always get paid for gigs.  Its been good for me so far, but I’m not a professional musician in any way.  So this argument doesn’t really jibe.  And I also don’t have a big investment in the identity of ‘being a musician’ - everyone knows my music is crap.  That’s okay, I do it for myself anyway.

I’d be pretty pissed off if someone stole my firmware from a hardware synth and turned it into a soft-synth.  That’d be a fair analog to your position, I think.  But that’s not happening (as far as I can tell) with Behringer.

Did you notice that the Behringer Neutron now has a third-party firmware for it, which adds polyphony and a few other features?  THAT is something I’m VERY excited about happening in the synth world - there needs to be a lot more of this type of hacking going on, imho.

> you don't buy a rolex for your first watch.
> So I think that comparison is a bit "unrealistic”.

*I* don’t buy a Rolex for my first watch, but if I had $1 for every time I’ve seen “professional/semi-pro” musicians make the statement “I’m just getting a MOOG, its the best synthesiser ever made”, without having played it, I’d be able to afford my own original MOOG System 55.

> as has spotify, lots of people are listening to more music, whilst the artists gets less for their work.

This is a problem that still hasn’t been solved, and part of the reason for that, I think, is that musicians who want to become rich from their music are violating one of the basic physical laws of the universe.   Musicians should get rich from their performances - but let the music be free.  It guides fans to the gigs.



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