It has been a difficult few months. The bugs in the new Strad Player have finally been resolved and another new Player will be released very shortly.
We are tied to Native instruments and much of what we do hinges on them.
If there is a delay in Player releases, we are delayed. If things need fixing, we are further delayed.
Because of the long delays with the Player, there is now a large backlog of existing and new third-party libraries waiting for the new player (especially for the holidays and NAMM) along with NI's own product schedule. Combine this with a limited staff at NI and further delays occur. I am told it will probably take a month or longer to encode new masters and make it available to users.
This throws our schedule out of whack.
In all fairness to Native Instruments, they are dealing with complicated technology that works on so many platforms and they have done a great job on being on the forefront of music technology. It is very difficult to do the things they are doing and I can see why delays often plague the software industry (e.g. Microsoft Vista). They have done admirably in what they have accomplished and helped many of us to make music.
I feel at a loss when there are circumstances beyond our control. Especially since most calls and email we are receiving are people asking about the new players and new products. This is difficult and we don't like these long delays any more than anyone.
Does anyone have any ideas or solutions?
Thanks for your patience and understanding.