It’s hard to get solid information, but a storm appears to be brewing on KVR Audio. The developer of Wusikstation is allegedly calling it quits — a combination of business and personal reasons, and sales lost to warez. That’s led to an unprecedented solution for some of the users: band together and try to acquire the software, either to continue it commercially or open source it. Why the groundswell of public support? Aside from users who love the instrument, there are plenty of developers who created sounds for this engine; if Wusikstation is gone, so is their work. Some of the KVR threads have been deleted, and it’s not clear how serious this group is or whether they’ll succeed. If they do, it could change the business of independent music development — instead of software falling off the face of the earth (see Opcode), users might wind up owning it.

Let me know if you know any more about this.

  • Guest

    i expected this 2 years ago already. The fact that lots of users have direct contact with developers on fora wher thay place comments and suggestions makes them in fact collaborators on a product. Then the groupbuys started to appear. That makes users a sort of shareholders.

  • Guest

    "My wife and I cried for 3 days. Not nice."

    – WilliamK in an email sent to Wusik users.

    "I've diligently supported William for a long time now, close to two & a half years. I've kept my anger to myself when buying a full collection of Reaktor ensembles that were only to be discontinued weeks later. I preordered a drummachine & after several months was told that the idea was scraped & I would recieve 'store credit' that I didn't ask for and never used. I was the announcer for William for the first Wusikstation group buy & put all my weight behind it. One condition of the group buy that William & I discussed as a selling point was participants were to recieve a bonus modular FX plugin which would recieve regular updates for. Later in that thread William basically said I made this up myself. I have never expressed my outrage of that until RIGHT now. And then there was the whole 1.2/2.0 debacle a few months ago that I stayed out of as much as I could as a last effort to support someone I considered my friend.

    I'm very disapointed by what I have seen, and that's all there is to it. It's time for a change, and a serious one. This situation places William squarely in the Circle of Traitors alongside Donnie Christiansen, and I really hate to say that, but it's the truth. William, you and Theo were the first people I made aquaintances with in this Digital Audio world. I'm distressed by the many poor decisions I have seen you make. You and I have had MANY private conversations where I employed you to retain someone to manage your public relations & help you make sound business decisions. I offered to do this myself at no cost to you because I believed in your abilities. I encourage you to stop everything, take a long walk & ask yourself what you want while you are still in a position to aquire it for yourself. Your clients are not going to tolerate much more self indulgence from you. I know as of this moment I am not at all.

    Best wishes, and may your future path be truer than the one you have walked till now."

    – Sickle 666 on KVR forum

    It's like a slow motion car wreck that you've got a backseat pass for.

  • Guest

    This makes little or no sense. If a software product dies (and is reasonably stable), it makes sense to just continue using it. To pay $12,000 for source code won't do you much good — the only one with the intimate knowledge to continue development and debug is the original developer. Chances are, there's little or no technical documentation and a wonky (or non existent) API to core code.

  • underbiteman

    Just saw this. So I guess things worked out?