Dear friends in Grenoble,
I really appreciate your development as a company and I am impressed by the way how you developed your portfolio over the years. You made the unusual step from software to analog hardware. The current top instrument, a very impressive monophonic synthesizer immediately caught my eye – the MatrixBrute. And then some weeks ago, straight out of nowhere, you introduced a new analog drum machine – the DrumBrute. Needless to say I ordered that one, too.
However, I have so say that you disappointed me, too. Unfortunately, not just once.
For any company it is hard these days to develop new products and sell them at prices the market accepts. I can understand that for a mid sized company it is even harder. Therefore it is a wise decision to release a product only when it is finished and working. And I think this is the main driver behind the many postponed release dates of the MatrixBrute.
We are all aware of the ongoing discussions for example on gearslutz.com. If the same people would spend their time to make music, the world would probably be a better place. Somehow now I feel the urge to join in with those disappointed voices. And now, I’ll tell you why: yesterday I was told (again and again and again and again) that the delivery of my MatrixBrute is delayed – now to January 2017. If you count the „agains“ then you get an idea of how often the scheduled date was postponed.
And with the DrumBrute you are doing exactly the same! At first it should have been delivered at the beginning of November, then it was delayed by a week, then to November 21st and now I was told that it should arrive at the beginning of December. Well, let’s see…somehow I have my doubts.
Now, with January 2017 as delivery date for the MatrixBrute in mind, I hope you are aware of the fact that Winter NAMM will take place in Anaheim at the same time. I am pretty sure we will see some new things there. And guess what…I am thinking about not waiting any longer. If the MatrixBrute is good, which I believe and truly wish for Arturia, then I will maybe get one at a later date – 2nd hand. Because what I have learned from this experience so far is, that I don’t really need the MatrixBrute.
ps: If you check all the products I registered on your webpage, you will see that I am a loyal Arturia customer. 🙂
ADDENDUM November 18th – IMPORTANT NOTICE:
To be fair – I just received the information that my Arturia DrumBrute will be delivered on Monday or Tuesday next week. Thumbs up and thank you friends! The DrumBrute will for sure help me to wait until the MatrixBrute arrives.