This morning I posted a long writeup on my facebook wall about the mSSP campaign. See below -
Now that the #mSSP kickstarter is behind us I’d like to thank everyone who backed it and saw the value and possibilities of the #mSSP! We’d also like to thank all our friends and backers who helped spread the word.
The #mSSP was going to offer amazing value: polyphonic wavetable, granular, subtractive and physical modelling synthesis as well as sampling, all in one 26hp module and for $549, at fantastic sound quality (up to 192kHz / 32bit), just like the big SSP already does. The mSSP would come with a software editor for Mac and PC as well as a large patch collection of 50 patches, half of which the community could vote on. Unfortunately we didn’t reach our goal on time with the #mSSP kickstarter campaign for reasons we are still trying to get a grip on.
We worked hard to develop and build the prototype and to promote the campaign, including shooting demo videos as well as a 45 min walkthrough video side by side with the big SSP. Pretty much all of the work you’ve seen on the #mSSP kickstarter page has been our own. There were no teams of photographers or video editing teams and no big engineering teams. No big marketing budgets. No venture capital. Just two people with a vision who worked extremely hard, putting their heart and soul into a project.
Some people asked whether we can relaunch the mSSP campaign: maybe we will relaunch it, but not right now. We can’t do the mSSP without a large enough number of pre-orders. The campaign took a lot of effort and energy and attention and we need to focus on the big SSP now, there are units to be shipped and software updates to be posted.
There have also been questions about the campaign goal. The goal was significantly higher than with the big SSP because to do a project at a much lower price point of $549 we need to buy large part quantities and need a larger manufacturing volume (larger number of backers). Then there is also the substantial engineering work that would have to be done for the hardware (we were going to design our own CPU module!) as well as the software (UI changes, software editor, drivers, etc) and the patch collection of 50 patches we would have to design. All this means that lowering the goal is not an option. People sometimes mistakingly think that manufacturing and parts don’t cost anything. The reality is far from the truth, especially for a small company.
During the campaign we encountered a lot of misplaced hate, envy and trolling, including personal attacks, in a few instances by founders of other companies or projects. No-one should have to deal with that and we were disappointed to see this. This is a professional business and everyone benefits if we can keep it factual and stick to sportsmanship.
With that said, during the campaign we’ve also received some really nice and encouraging comments. There were always people there to cheer us on and who saw the vision and value and how the #mSSP could push the boundaries of eurorack. We made a lot of new friends and saw there are also a lot of really great people out there.
We continue to manufacture and sell the big SSP. Those who are interested in buying one can do so on the Percussa website, we’re running another production batch the coming week, so if you order one you’ll get it in about 8 weeks.
I think that’s it for now. Thanks again for backing and for your support, happy holidays and a healthy and succesful 2019!
Bert & Celine