January 23, 2007

U-He MFM2

by Chris Randall
 




Urs Heckman (U-He) just released a public beta of the 2.0 remake of his original flagship product, More Feedback Machine. I haven't played with it yet, as I'm swamped right now. However, if UI quality is indicative of sound quality, this is the best delay ever. I'm a huge fan of Urs' UI work (far beyond my design skills) and this one is certainly up to his normal standards. Free to try the beta out, $79.00 to pre-order the real deal.

 
 
 

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Jan.23.2007 @ 12:28 PM
boobs
UR is awesome. i love filterscape. its one of my fav plugs. sounds killer and the UI is amazingly perfect.
 
 

 
Jan.23.2007 @ 1:23 PM
shamann
I really wish the second ring of the delay area was a different shade from the rest, or at least visually isolated from the outer ring. I've so far found it hard to see at a glance which controls belong to which delay line.

I love v1 of MFM, since it's like an absolute delay overload. It's biggest downside was that the GUI was a parameter overload, like the plugin barfed up 101 controls and hoped you'd figure it all out.

This new GUI looks pretty, and has resolved v1's widget barf problem, but functionally it feels to me as or more difficult to use than v1.

 
 

 
Jan.23.2007 @ 1:33 PM
SR
I agree about the GUI's limitations. However, MFM produces some amazing sounds. As a delay freak (Dubstation, Discord 2, PSP 42 and 84, Timeless), I didn't think I would get another delay, but I was wrong.
 
 

 
Jan.23.2007 @ 1:42 PM
tom
zebra 2 has the baddest sounding software filter i ever heard. the new XMF module that is...
 
 

 
Jan.23.2007 @ 1:44 PM
RexRhino
He may have a better user interface design, but you have better prices. I purchased one of your products (and considered purchasing another one, if it only had more sample mp3s to listen to), and wouldn't consider purchasing his.

I think plugins should be around $10 - $60 price range, instead of the typical $100 - $1000 price range most fall into.

Is the assumption that there will be lots of piracy, and so one needs to charge a high price to cover piracy? Is the market for plugins really that small that you can't recoup costs for developing a plugin by selling it less than $500?

When we are looking at that new Eventide delay for $500, which is an excellent physical piece of hardware, I have a hard time considering spending half as much for a software plugin, even if it does have lots more features. (perhaps it is piracy causing the problem, as hardware is the ultimate software copy protection)

It just seems to me by selling something a bit cheaper, you could sell more copies and make more money. I could be totally misunderstanding how the market works, but I just have a hard time forking over that kind of money for a single software plugin that does 1 effect. I actually spend LESS money on software plugins all in all because of the high price.

 
 

 
Jan.23.2007 @ 2:06 PM
shamann
I don't know, I think Urs's prices are pretty good. Not as low as AD, but still lower than a lot of other similar developers.

I registered MFM1 for something like $30, and I get MFM2 for free. And you can get it for $59 if you order during the beta period.

For which AD plugin would you like to hear more mp3 demos?

 
 

 
Jan.23.2007 @ 2:50 PM
PBXorcist
"Is the assumption that there will be lots of piracy, and so one needs to charge a high price to cover piracy? Is the market for plugins really that small that you can't recoup costs for developing a plugin by selling it less than $500?"

Thats one of the straw man arguments some software developers like to ues. The bottom line is that people who do the most piracy arent going to buy it at any reasonable price. I'd actually argue that the higher prices promote the piracy by placing the tools outside the grasp of the hobbist.

-PBX

 
 

 
Jan.23.2007 @ 3:03 PM
boobs
i think urs' prices are pretty good too. you get 3 plug ins w/filterscape. filterscape, synth, EQ. pretty nice package.
 
 

 
Jan.23.2007 @ 5:23 PM
inteliko
How much is the Hartmann Neuron Plug?? Found it shocking a high priced plug had no demo or mp3 samples?
 
 

 
Jan.23.2007 @ 5:43 PM
giantm
The Neuron plug in, if I remember correctly, is DSP equivalent to the keyboard (except running natively). So, it should sound identical to the keyboard version. All in all, I found the demos didn't really sound that great given the alleged amount of technical innovation. That being said, I still want one pretty badly, I just know that there has to be some awesome sound potential in there somewhere.
 
 

 
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