I definitely now feel secure ref Matthew’s long term commitment to VCV although I must admit I would prefer it if he offered his wares via the VCV Plugin Manager. Considering VCV is still a pre v1 beta, I value those developers that are an active part of the VCV community (inclusive of the VCV Plugin Manager). I understand that I’ve come to the VCV community a year or so into its development and this forum is a relatively new home (with Facebook being the previous official online community/support mechanism) but we’ve already seen developers like Animated Circuits and Blamsoft abandoning the platform so the cohesion of a united platform for VCV and it’s 3rd party developers is greatly appreciated from my admittedly personal perspective.
With regards to Floats specifically, the question I’ve been asking myself is whether a Maths clone serves the same purpose in virtual form as it does in my hardware modular. The versatility of Maths is greatly appreciated when rack real-estate is an issue but the majority of things Floats provides are possible with individual modules from a variety of other 3rd party VCV developers. Rampage (Befaco) covers many of those bases alone and the remaining gaps should be possible via other modules.
I think Floats is an awesome option for someone using VCV for learning purposes before they make a more substantial investment on a hardware modular setup. And on that basis, I think the £35 asking price (over £40 by the time local European taxes are added) is on the high side for something that has to be purchased blind (there’s not even any videos available where Floats can be compared to Maths - apart from a single short video from about 12 months ago by a Floats customer). Hardware Maths can be nabbed for around £150 so that compounds the value proposition question with relation to a third party clone.
I think Mathew could learn a trick or two from Vult, who offer free modules that cover the majority of bases - which is perfect for learners looking to see if modular is apt for the way they’re wired. And premium modules with refined tweaks that more experienced synthesists will appreciate.