I bring something very exciting: the MOD App for desktop computers. Now you can download a package that installs our system and you can conveniently play with virtual boards using the browser, just like with the device, but all running locally on your desktop.
This is a beta release.
macOS and Windows installers can be direclty downloaded from here.
Back in October 2022 reboot we set a goal to find solutions for the “open sourceness” of MOD, so that the open source project has the means to sustain itself independently. That is not something we can do by simply flicking a switch and we need to find these boundaries inbetween the ecosystem. Having the desktop version of the software helps us a lot defining those boundaries.
Bringing the experience to the desktop was something already possible in Linux, but still with some setup needed. The new package aims at providing a simpler use and availability for Windows and Mac, making easy for every musician who wants to try out the platform without needing to purchase a device.
With the increased acceptance of digital processing in the guitarist community and the capacity of open source to deliver great performace at the key new technologies - most notably neural modelling and convolution - we see a great opportunity for the MOD comunity to embrace these new audiences and grow considerably.
Growth means not only more users, but also more developers. We’ve always suffered by seeing the wish of many members of the community to fiddle with the code and being put-off by the difficulties of working with an embedded device. The desktop version brings the platform to an accessible environment for all developers out there. Part of the system runs in Python, so one can literally change some text files and refresh a page to see the changes…
At the current state, the installer includes a subset of plugins from the official store. You can add new plugins manualy with some fiddling, but there is no Plugin Store (yet).
We trimmed out most features that needed any sort of extra effort and, before commiting to advances (apart from the Mac OS release), I would love to hear you out and also talk a bit about involvement.
Together with the release, we want also to make the efforts to accomodate those who wish to contribute to the OS initiative. I’d be happy to hear how we can organize in the best possible sense. @falkTX has already mentioned a lot of ideas and I’d like to use the opportunity to handover some hats
I invite everyone who uses Windows to try out.
And I am eager for your thoughts about it.
Gianfranco Ceccolini, aka The MOD Father