[gmpi] Topic 1: Audience for and users of plugins

  • From: RonKuper@xxxxxxxxxxxx
  • To: gmpi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 14 Feb 2003 10:18:22 -0500

Questions and (my) answers follow.  Feel free to pose additional questions
and answers, too.

1. Who are our target users/customers?

Users of all MIDI sequencers and DAW systems.  This includes "shrink
wrapped" software that is installed a desktop O/Ss such as Windows, Mac and
Linux, but also includes DAWs that run embedded in a box (eg, Fairlight,
Mackie D8B), and lastly includes users of DSP that run in appliances, such
as game consoles or even standalone synthesizers.

In other words, when considering who our target user is, the analogy is
asking who the target "user" of MIDI is.  Any user of system that uses
software to process or synthesize audio or MIDI is our target user.  (Please
excuse my putting the cart before the horse and adding "MIDI" to this
statement.  We will have a separate discussion about how we see MIDI fitting
in to this picture.)

2. Who are our target developers? 

Anyone who develops software to process or synthesize audio or MIDI.

3. What kinds of plugins do people use today, and what will they want to use
in the future?

- Audio effects that replace traditional outboard gear in a studio, such as
delays, reverbs, chorus, flanger, compressor, eq, pitch shifter, etc.  These
effects have varying degrees of realtime parameter control, either through
plug-in specific interfaces or MIDI.
- Software based MIDI synthesizers.
- MIDI processors, such as quantizers, transposers, style generators.
- Audio to MIDI conversion.

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