I was wondering if we have experienced the biggest wave of VST and sample development over the past few years? Is the market so saturated with great libraries, and super cheap proces, that it's not worth it for developers to continue?
I recently bought the Steven Slate "No Brainer" at AudioMidi for $20.00. I know the marketing strategy behind this, sell a ton to many at a reduced price, but is this a new benchmark for sample content?
Larger developers like East West don't seem to be creating as much content as before. Aside from their new string library we haven't heard anything new from them since Silk. VSL seems to concentrating on other types of software (MIR, etc) and haven't released much recently either. Spectrasonics have 3 core instruments that they have been working on since they beagn making VST's. Now they are amazing and there's a ton of music in all of these companies existing libraries for us to write. It just seems like the days new releases every month or so are gone.
Is it the economy? Is the market saturated? Are there no more categories to sample or create for? Or, if there are, are they so niche, that it is not worth the while.
Years ago I rode the 3D animation wave watching all of the big software developers like Alias, Softimage, Wavefront, etc leap frog over each other every few months with paradigm shifts in development. Today all of those companies have been purchased by Autodesk and, while there is new innovation, it seems the strides are fewer and shorter.
Are we at this point with VST's and samples or are we just in a development cycle waiting for the next big wave?