I love the wiggly cables, they make my code run faster
actually, I don't believe the UI is the issue... ( I don't like java either btw)
for me, I think the issue is, recognising some (many?) users are 'preset' users... they will only ever take existing patches and tweak them, programming is just to big an ask.
if you look at Reaktor in particular, Id say a very high percentage, only pick up others ensembles/instruments from the library (which is fantastic) and just use them.
With blocks this is changing slightly, but only because they are 'high level' components, and are attracting modular users (or at least wannabe)
this is a completely valid use for software/hardware... not all want to 'dig in', many don't have the time, and many will find this intimidating as the first step when the take it out of the box.
for these users I believe the barrier to entry is to high. It can be lowered by:
a) User Library, needs to be rich in content
b) Videos showing what Axoloti can do for them, out of the box...
If axoloti just showed a few patches with ready to use applications it would be worth the money
- decent reverb unit
- delays/chorus/phasors, with midi control
- midi router/filtering (usb to din, din to usb)
- VA synth with obvious midi control/mapping
- drum machine/sequencing
I know we can build them, but that is a big step for many, a step to far...
think a decent H/W reverb unit will cost you more than 65 euro... a board which can be used as a swiss army knife for FX, midi mangling, synth voices, sequencing, drum machine - whats that worth?
most will look at the axoloti website, and just not get it.. they will look at the youtube videos, and just not understand it could be plug n play, it looks complicated, and time consuming
I think Axoloti is technically superior to OWL, but they recognise this.
watch the recent coverage by sonicstate, they described it essentially as an extendable system. it was said, almost only in passing, that you could program it yourself...the focus was on how easy it was to get things from the library, and instantly install them
of course, the great thing is, bring in new users for what it can do 'out of the box' and it won't be long before a few/many start tweaking it gently, and then perhaps digging in further...
these are just my thoughts...but perhaps there are more 'programmers' out there than Im assuming.