BobTheDog wrote:Yeah, it was a shame it all went down the pan.
I got the Dexter update which I think was 400 quid and it never worked properly and never got fixed, it had great promise but by then I think the cash wasn't coming in.
I compare the Lemur in my mind to the Genoqs sequencers, should have taken the world by storm but arsed it up.
I got that Dexter update too - what a waste of money, although I don't think I paid full whack. Jazzmutant, (or maybe their parent company, I'm unclear) decided they wanted to pursue the touchscreen tech in non-musical ways and in their 'so long and thanks for all the fish' message they 'thanked' the users for enabling them to get to the point that they could go do that.
Then they abruptly cut all the tubes and left a budding ecosystem to wither and die. They didn't even open-source the software to let folks go do their own thing with it - I'd have been all over that. I was part of that ecosystem - I'd created a number of (free) templates in the Jazzutant template market which did some powerful modulation using the physics engine in the Lemur.
I'd also kicked off a Yamaha Motif XS voice/performance editor project with a bunch of realtime performance features using Max/MSP and the Lemur. I was even in touch with management at Yamaha about it at the time, and they were pretty interested in exploring it further, to the point they were sending me internal documentation on the MIDI sysex implementation in the XS which was way more interesting than the stuff published in the manuals.
It wasn't perfected when the rug got swept out from under my feet but it was complete enough to be useful, looked really nice and with an update or two to the Lemur firmware (which we were expecting) it would have been really cool.
The whole debacle was shocking - I felt betrayed, and I know I wasn't the only one to take it hard. The Lemur had so
much potential. I know it's now available on the apple app-store but an i-pad is a world away from the ruggedised chassis and industrial quality touchscreen that contained the Lemur innards, and I opted out of the apple closed-circuit world a while back.
After it had been gathering dust on a shelf for years I gave my Lemur to a mate who does homebrew electronic projects and such, as I felt he could make something new out of it. I couldn't bear to turn it on any more :(