Mine will be here Monday...
I'm canceling my order for now. That's all. This thread is simply a portion of the feedback I've observed on Facebook, YouTube and elsewhere that has influenced me passing on it for now.
The "waiting at least 7 months" is irrelevant to the discussion for me because I was prepared to wait however long it took to come out if I only had their (and associated influencers) pre-release videos and virtual device list to go on. I tried my damnedest to grab a Tier 1/2 pre-order slot when some of those people canceled. I had my money lined up for Sweetwater, and was quite excited to pay at the earliest possible opportunity.
In the interim, some concerns popped up that dampened my enthusiasm. You say Cloud metadata won't be a factor to you, but that's a big part of the experience for me. Reading upload after upload of nondescript, vaguely-labeled captures of varying volume levels and configuration is not the "elegant" experience I had come to expect. There's no way of knowing what you're downloading most of the time. Managing the captures on the device from the first-hand experiences I read here and the FB groups sounds like a cumbersome chore. The people I was looking forward to buying from are hamstrung by the lack of a viable marketplace. It's too close to chaos for my taste.
Neural also seems to be a step behind, development-wise, even reading Doug's update here this morning. I love that they're actively engaging and listening to feedback, and I truly believe them getting up to speed is their number one priority. That being said, even a lot of what's in there now - such as chorus/flanger/phaser mod effects - seem to need work. I'm not really a huge user of mod effects, but I DO use them.
In short, a team that's been chronically late on delivery timelines now has to add missing effects/pedals/amps, flesh out underdeveloped existing effects, completely revamp their Cloud user experience, develop a desktop editor, stand up a capture marketplace AND shoot down any and all associated bugs. And that's just to get to the 1.0 status they promised when they launched the device! That's a lot even for a team firing on all cylinders to nail at the same time.
I do believe Doug and the team will get there at some point down the line. But I'd be lying if I said I believed it would be "soon". Buying a QC now just to drum my fingers waiting for "soon" doesn't make a lot of sense to me. Right now, it's a fun-to-use great-sounding device in a compact form factor, but I already mostly have that with Helix and FM3. I wanted QC to bridge the gaps between the two, and it's not there yet. When it is, I'll be waiting...
@psychodave If you were being serious:
Not set up to record. Very cool so far but already waiting for the first big update.
Being a first adopter means running into some pretty obvious bumps early - at least
in most cases others have reported the same shit.
And Castro has been staying active in the threads saying an upgrade is being worked on
to address stuff that's legit problems.
Excellent unit and so far I'm not missing any amps - so that's all that matters.
Although that BE-Mini.......