On Wednesday, February 21, 2018 3:10 PM James Araujo - MIK Team wrote:
I completely understand your frustration about the online requirement.
There are 3 reasons why Captain Plugins and Odesi only works online:
1) We wanted our users to access their sessions from anywhere in the world, like Dropbox. Personally, I've lost numerous Ableton sessions on old hard drives. I've lost sessions because I didn't have the VST installed anymore. I think at least 50% of the songs I've ever made is gone now because I cannot open them anymore. By creating an "Online" version of Odesi, we're able to store your projects in the cloud and allow you to access them from anywhere in the world, by clicking on the "Login" button on the Odesi website. The direct URL for that is https://app.odesimusic.com
2) I know music producers that pirate all the software they use. They paid for nothing except their hardware. So, we made it online only, which makes it harder to pirate. It generates enough revenue that we can keep adding new features and plugins, like Captain Play which we just launched. It's a free update because people paid for this software. If nobody paid, the software wouldn't exist, and wouldn't get updated. You're supporting a small company of honest people with your money. If we help you make just ONE song that gets 1 million views on Youtube, I'm sure your investment into Captain Plugins and Odesi has paid off.
3) Mixed In Key has been an online-connected product for 11 years, and it has a huge, happy user-base. Your Facebook is an onlineapp. Your iCloud is an online app. It just takes getting used to, but music production can be done online too.
Let me know what you think :)
p.s. You can use Captain plugins offline to play the MIDI you've already written. However, you need to be connected to the Internet to write new MIDI notes inside the plugins themselves. Our generators require Internet access.
Do you really understand the frustration though? The tone of your post says that you have absolutely no understanding of the point of view expressed in this thread
What do I think? There are MANY people who keep their studio machine offline for a ton of absolutely valid reasons. Me being one. I've paid for your plugins and Odesi, and frankly I hate them because they fail validation if I'm offline. Something that happens on my studio machine all the time.
And, what if I decide to get out of the house and work on some music. I go to a cafe. the wifi at the cafe is down, or even more commonly, the cafe has a time limit. After one to two hours my IP is locked out of wifi service and I can't continue to write.
There's absolutely no reason why internet could only be implemented when installing for the first time, and when updating the plugins.
You guys are out of touch with what your users want, and this is coming from someone who's paid for EVERYTHING.
Get a clue already that this is not what many of us want, or are even willing to put up with. Odesi and the Captain plugins have been nothing but a headache and at this point I'd just take my money back. But that doesn't happen software now does it. No guarantee of satisfaction, just take the users money and ignore what users request.
The Mixed in Key plugin would be useful, but guess who won't be buying it solely based on their Captian/Odesi experience?