Thanks for your answers.
I am not a Beta tester by choice and I never saw any link or hint for being a tester. But even if so, I still think we need improvement in the bug reporting and tracking process. I don’t see any conflict there.
My latest device:
I bought a Rytm MK2, which was released more than a year ago. It was promised to be able to connect to OverBridge since release. That was not true until last week or so. Lets see, on Elektrons offical site:
Resources for Analog Rytm MKII
OS 1.40D - That one is more than a year old, way too many issues were fixed since than. Also, this one does not support OB at all.
If you think that the “stable” verions got less bugs to report, just look at what has been fixed since that version. Bugs are not just freezes but many things can be e.g. a live-act killer. So just an example from the bugs that have been fixed since:
[MKII] When sufficiently warm, some units would exhibit random user interface related errors, such as phantom key strokes, when the pads were played.
and the list goes on for two pages…
OS 1.45B - This one is also already over 9 months old (and full of bugs). It is the first and only official release to feature the dual VCO engine on Elektrons website (no Beta agreement). But it still does NOT support OB connectivity.
All right, so there is a new OB release, for that you indeed (standard procedure for downloading OverBridge) have to go to the Elektronauts forum.
This OB release REQUIRES an OS 1.46 Beta1 (whatever “1” means here) for the Rytm MK2 which you can download only there. Of course they write “This beta release requires you to have the listed firmware installed on respective units. These are beta OSs and are not guaranteed to work in any other setup.”
If you want to use your device with full functionality, as promised and expected on buying, you just have to take this one and only version. But hey, 1.45 was Beta too, so does it matter in this case at all? Bugs are bugs and I would like to have it easier for stuff I PAY for.
I do not really understand your motivation for arguing so harshly against such a system which could be def. much improved in a lot of ways to save time and confusion. That is indeed so and it would benefit YOU AND ELEKTRON, as you also write later. But then why do you have to tell me “its your own fault, don’t test beta if you don’t like freezes.” with such self esteem? As if it was that simple…