It’s something different.
Hey people? You remember when I could design something and get 100 units of it on the Mutable Instruments online store 3 months after?
I can no longer do that and it sucks.
Initial batches are now 1000 units – which means that it’s way too much work to correct any mistake in the firmware or hardware after launch – which means I have to get everything right the first time, which means more time testing, testing, testing. I don’t even know how I’m going to do for “Clouds 2”, given that the initial demand exceeds 5000 modules. Any mistake on that one and poof, I go bankrupt.
FCC/CE tests take 6 to 9 months, all decent labs surrounding Paris having been bought by a gigantic, moronic, overbooked entity whose name I won’t mention but which I strongly associate with puke.
So whenever something is prototyped and working… it still takes more than a year to get launched.
I’m having doubts as to whether my focus on quality and playing by the rules is really paying off or is a gigantic millstone around my neck. Makes me very jealous of all the small brands (including the µCloners) who don’t care that much and do their releases punk rock style.