Sometimes I think about not buying certain products where there is a lot of confusion involved. A great example is the upgrades in your Izotope account. IK is another one when it comes to upgrades.This is one of those things that I find frustrating - I don't mind paying a fair price for software, I do mind having to hunt them down and finding different deals all over the place.
This crossgrade is a wonderful example:
JRR shop is here in the US, while Plugin Boutique appears to be in England, and there are fees associated with currency conversion no matter how you pay. So it probably is a wash, or very close.
- At Izotope it is on sale for $249 until until 3/31
- At Plugin Boutique it is on sale for $349, with the Reuben's coupon it is $198.14
- At JRR shop it is on sale for $249, with their "group" coupon it is $209.16.
Maybe I'm the odd man out, but sometimes this makes me weary, and annoyed. Do I spend time checking with every reseller and chase developer's discounts? Do I just pay whatever the going rate is on a specific day? (I generally make purchases when I need things, or better yet just before I need them so I have time to learn them).
I like RX and Ozone, I'm still using Ozone 6, not sure I really need to upgrade, but I am thinking about it.
I have yet to feel really burned by a huge discount down the road, but the lack of consistency is starting to grow old, or at least it is starting to really influence my purchasing habits, and not in a manner that benefits developers.
I think NI made a huge miscalculation with their NKS deals, although my paranoid self wonders if they aren't actually trying to undermine 3rd party developers - which I still think is a misstep.
Which is not to suggest I haven't taken advantage of a couple of those deals.
And I've gotten enough use from Repro and Diva so I have no regrets about paying full price for them, but I imagine someone that purchased them 31 days (or whatever the time window is) before the sale was announced would feel (justifiably) a little bitter.
OK, that's enough whining for one day...
As I discovered, one gotcha with Ozone (at least Elements, but I assume other versions too) is that it's tricky to install for a non-Admin account in Windows 10.The Izotope portal seemed to have issues with installing Ozone 8. At least on my system. I watched what it said it was doing a couple of times (during which, nothing appeared in the directories it said it was installing stuff into). Yes, it asked for permission to make changes and I gave it. Nada. It only worked when I downloaded an offline installer, and ran it as administrator. FWIW. Neutron was fine.
Plug for plug, I like FF and opted for their FX bundle over this a while back. Izotope does offer a few products that FF doesn't though. I hate unnecessary duplicates, but at this price, I'm wondering as well.
I absolutely love Fab Filter plugins. Izotope tends to be the solution I reach for when time pressure is mounting and I need a "quick master". I use Fab Filter for finessing when I have a bit more time.
If the code is the same as the one I was emailed, then it expires at 23:59 today (31 March) so there's not long to decide if you wanted to use it. I'm assuming that's 23:59 UK time, which is less than 5 hours from now but I could be wrong.
Yeah as someone trying get my feet wet in production music I feel like I could make the mixing process a little less arduous for myself if I've got something that does some heavy lifting. I know I could recreate everything Izotope does with Fab Filter stuff, but perhaps I'd be able to mix faster with Izotope. Tripping at the finish line, not sure if I'm going to get the bundle.I absolutely love Fab Filter plugins. Izotope tends to be the solution I reach for when time pressure is mounting and I need a "quick master". I use Fab Filter for finessing when I have a bit more time.