Hi, hope this is the right place for this question. I’ve been considering a Mod for some time and your recent improvements in the models area have caught my eye. They’re not sold locally in Canada so I better get something second hand. If I were to get a new one, the 500 Euros turn into 750 CAD, which gets added 13% tax in my province, so it becomes a $850+ acquisition. However, there’s a guy here in city selling his Duo X for less than that, so it’s a better alternative. He’s super nice and even offered me to take it home for a test drive.
The problem is that, reading the forum, I’m aware of the current state of affairs with Mod as a company and also the Mod Duo X as a product. I don’t want to get into something that may get discontinued soon or that will not have further development. I asked the guy why he’s selling and he told me about health issues and other personal matters, but he was also very honest and straightforward and told me about how long it may take for me to take full advantage of it. There’s a lot of fiddling, trial and error until I have something workable.
I then wanted to ask the forum a few things, sorry if these are newbie questions but that’s something I need to clear before I make that investment.
First, is there a benefit to the Duo X that overweights the Dwarf, even if it’s not being developed anymore? The seller plays guitar but said he’s chosen the Duo X because it has more power and more controls and he used it as desktop.
Second, does it work independent of the computer for playing live? All demo videos I see have a computer connected and controls changing in real-time on the screen, but the seller told me you can just take the Mod with you and play live. Not sure if that’s true. (I kinda trust the guy, but better check)
Third, and I say this with no bad feelings at all, I once tested a number of open source plugins and they were not bad, but not to be compared with others I own. My reason for picking a hardware unit is to walk away from using laptops live, but I see that Mod employs a full open source system and that all (or most) plugins are also open source. My question here is to the quality of those and what kind of support I can expect from plugin makers.
Last, I see that the company went through a rough patch in recent years and what worries me is that the company will go down and I’ll be left with a piece of gear of no value and support. I’d appreciate an honest assessment of the current funding situation and what can be expected in the near future.
I should add that I already tried a PiSound (actually, the seller also has one) and while I do appreciate the value of a community-based project, it stung me that some things were too much of a work in progress and that development went in small installments. I want and need a robust piece of hardware that is supported by a company and doesn’t take all of my time fiddling with it, because I have to play several gigs now over the summer and don’t have the time to tinker. With the PiSound it’s more like a summer project than a real product. Will Mod be the answer to what I need?
Sorry for many questions, and thanks for your patience.