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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2011 9:44 am    Post subject: RIP JazzMutant Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Just spotted on Synthtopia, that JazzMutant are shutting up shop.

I never got to see or play a Lemur in the flesh. I always found it a very interesting piece of kit, if a tad inaccessible - and expensive.

And that looks like it's been the problem. What with increasingly similar i-Phone apps becoming available, at a fraction of the price and which anyone can use; what future is there for small manufacturers of quality, hardware MIDI interfaces like this and, say, the Monome?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2011 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Not so expensive now, I saw one go for $600 the other day.

The Lemur is still far ahead of anything being offered on the iPad/iPhone though, but I am sure someone will come up with something as good given a year or so.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Funny, I went looking and found this article and it is dated Tuesday Nov 16 2010. So I guess I totally missed this.

The article pretty much speaks for itself.

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"In the meantime, JazzMutant, renamed Stantum in 2007, has become a technology-centric company and developed partnerships with tier-one industrial partners to speed up this democratization. As a result, the need for a high-end dedicated hardware is doomed to vanish in the near future.



They are dinosaurs and the mammals are eating their lunch, so they are evolving (sort of). They are obviously licensing the technology, and highly likely making money in license fees from Apple, although they quite clearly do not explain that. It's a better model, short term, since they don't have manufacturing costs anymore. I guess the name change says something too. I didn't catch that when it happened either. Technology-centric, indeed.

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