To the MOD Community,
With this post, I want to voice Blokas position regarding recent developments and comments made by the MOD team regarding MODEP users, as they are being dragged into an unfounded “MOD-Killers” narrative and expressing unease regarding this situation.
To note, Blokas is a self-funded lean operation with only two founders working full-time and a handful of part-time employees. The privilege of crowdfunding is the only reason why Pisound and Midihub are around, and to extend our contribution, we run non-commercial community-focused projects like Patchstorage.com and Patchbox OS.
Our goal at Blokas is to maximize the value added for our users - the same as any other business does or should do. Like MOD utilizes Open-Source projects for additional value for their hardware platform (e.g. Guitarix), we do the same with mod-ui and mod-host for the Patchbox OS and Raspberry Pi ecosystem.
Everything we did regarding MODEP is on par with the best Open-Source practices and was done in good faith - we expressed our gratitude to the MOD team publicly with all the relevant links and information highly visible on our sites. We did not produce a hardware device that would be a direct competitor to the MOD pedals. We haven’t locked Patchbox OS with MODEP for Pisound users exclusively - anyone with Raspberry Pi can use it. We even lagged behind with new mod-ui features and updates. And as many here on the forum point out - MODEP did serve as a gateway to the MOD ecosystem. If not us, someone else would have created some MODEP alternative.
I want to make it clear - we haven’t been contacted by the MOD team by any means regarding MODEP as an issue. If MODEP was, in fact, such a big burden for the MOD Devices’ future, starting a conversation would have been the most fundamental thing to do. Combining this with projects like mod-app, mod-live-usb, mod-iso, it seems that it was a conscious decision made by the MOD team to allow and encourage users to use their software on different platforms without owning the MOD hardware.
The thing that concerns us the most - both Blokas and MOD Devices operate in the same small tech-focused sonic community. Maintaining its continuous support, trust, and curiosity, is vital to ensure that companies like ours can exist in the long run. At times like these, we should look for an outcome with the least amount of dismay and not to polarize the community.
Having said all that, we do strongly believe in the MOD project and would like to be seen as beneficial and valued members of the community. Hereby we would like to offer any kind of help in our area of expertise to ensure the MOD(EP) community’s continuity in case of no reboot - be it hosting this forum and wiki or repurposing Patchstorage for plugin and pedalboard sharing. Any ideas are highly welcome. You can reach me directly via firstname.lastname@example.org.
And to the MOD Team, all in all, you did a remarkable job bringing MOD to life. In both scenarios, you should be proud of your achievements. Midihub crowdfunding units were manufactured at the start of the pandemic, so we completely understand the difficulties navigating both the pandemic and the chip shortage as once-in-generation black-swan events. I hope you will find a way to continue working on your passions!