Dear Mod community,
I am starting this thread so that we can proactively and constructively discuss the options for further developing/improving the Mod Duo X, whose development was severely affected by the shortage of components back in 2020. When announcing Mod’s insolvency, @gianfranco was forthcoming about hurdles in that matter, even reporting attempts at redeveloping hardware that were sadly unsuccessful. His exact words in the occasion were “we will keep supporting existing users.”
The stance of MOD in this matter is understandable – much as users of Duo X may not like it.
Therefore, it is safe to assume that, for the time being, MOD is not planning upgrades/updates. However, on another occasion, this was stated:
With the above in mind, I believe it fair to ask MOD here about what are the longer term plans for the Duo X and/or of there’s some way X owners can still benefit from improvements that will be developed for the Dwarf.
During those days of uncertainty about MOD’s future, there were lengthy discussions about whether or not system upgrades should be paid for, and the kinds of problems arising from such an approach – for instance, having to provide support to multiple firmware versions to those who would choose not to upgrade. More on that can be seen here.
We must here acknowledge that, in the months leading to the filing for insolvency, many of the updates were mostly for Dwarf units. Whereas – using Gianfranco’s words – the company suffered from a lack of focus, it had been dedicating a lot of its manpower to further the Dwarf above all. Whereas that is understandable given their financial constraints and the fact that the only product they had to offer was Dwarf, the Duo X had not been officially a priority. Updates came, but at a much slower pace than those for the Dwarf, and other long standing issues (like the crosstalk) to my knowledge have not been addressed.
Therefore, I would like to hear the opinions of other MOD users and staff as to what could be done to keep the Duo X (and whenever possible the X LE) on par with the Dwarf. The power and design of the X is what brought many of us onboard.
I can see that the “user case” for the Dwarf is possibly broader than the Duo X. It doubles as a desktop and floor unit. It ‘resembles’ a multi-effect more than the X, and that broadens the perception of its usability by stringed instrument players.
However, the Mod Duo X is more powerful and has more controls. The advantage of being able to be used on the floor can be overcome by employing a foot midi controller – though that does not cover 100% of the Dwarf’s functionalities, it must be noted.
Furthermore, though a redesign could not be achieved in the final months prior to the insolvency, it can still boost MOD’s reputation. It is a mighty unit unparalleled in the market – the Zoia and Beebo, as nice and powerful as they might be, do not fully rival the X functionality and power.
The purpose of this thread is to exactly brainstorm on that.
Many suggestions were flown back in September and October, and some strong opinions for and against some of the options were voiced. We don’t want to go into that rabbithole again, so whatever is proposed and discussed here should aim at finding a way to keep the X strong and well featured.
Some may involve further investment on the user’s side, and please respect those who may advocate that.
For instance; if finances are a hindrance to keeping an ongoing build for the X, what exactly in terms of labour costs (coding, testing, etc) are we talking about when it comes to bringing some features to the X? What alternative form of revenue could be designed here?
It might be the case, since many here already invested in the reboot, that the cost could also be absorbed by interested users (even if partially), and this option can be offered in a way that benefits everyone – and not as to create the “those who pay get the goods and those who don’t get them not” scenario. Not everybody here contributed to the reboot but everyone benefits from it. So even if some are willing to shoulder the costs, the solution should be for all users.
Therefore, the thread is open.