So, it looks like R2R has already cracked Helix Native. This is why we can't have nice things. Probably another reason we'll never see a plug in version for Fractal.
This would eventually be decrypted, flashed on to Raspberry Pis and sold for $30 unfortunately.They could if they required hardware to do the off-CPU processing. Much more than a dongle... imagine a lightweight hardware interface/re-amp'er that acts as a key to the VST.
This is what Steven Slate is doing now with his plugins...Maybe Line6, and Fractal for that matter should instead opt for a subscription model. $10, maybe $15 a month and you get full access to the latest version. Maybe that's cheap enough to keep the paupers from downloading a cracked version? Just like Spotify and Netflix are cheap enough to keep many from illegally downloading music and movies.
I think the best way to avoid getting software hacked is to sell it super cheap. If FAS came out with a plugin and sold it for $50, I don't think most people would waste their time trying to find a hack or risk installing a virus and would buy it.
I guarantee Helix Native and Superior Drummer 3 will be on Pirate Bay in less than a month after release because they're too expensive for the average hobby musician.
The problem with software is that it becomes worthless when a new version is released, so there's no way to sell it or trade it. We'll be able to sell our Axe-Fx II's when the Axe-Fx III gets released, so it won't be as hard to come up with the $. Even the original Axe-Fx and Ultra still sell for a decent amount. I hardly doubt anyone would be willing to pay even $5 for the original Toontrack Superior Drummer or Line 6 Gear Box even though they still sound decent and many great recordings were made with them and still sound good.
Not being reliant on a computer is one of the best features of the AFX. For a lot of reasons, but one is latency - not everyone has a lightning fast PC, and latency IS a drag, even in small doses.How you gonna decrypt audio hardware??
If you think about it, the Axe-Fx is just a dongle required by Axe-Edit.
To be fair, latency has not been an issue for me with VSTs for about 8 years or so. That is like a million years scaled for computing gizmos. I tend to buy high end boxes but even the cheap stuff is trouble free nowadays so this is not a particularly compelling argument (in my mind anyway)... now messing with audio interfaces, drivers, and signal levels? Yes, pain in da bottom.Not being reliant on a computer is one of the best features of the AFX. For a lot of reasons, but one is latency - not everyone has a lightning fast PC, and latency IS a drag, even in small doses.
Latency would be a big issue with Fractal modeling. If you look at all the Amp parameters that are independent, they're must be a lot of iterative processing that you just don't see in your typical VST.To be fair, latency has not been an issue for me with VSTs for about 8 years or so.