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Allows musicians to inexpensively mix and match effects via an open source format supported by pedal makers and the DIY community.
Allows musicians to inexpensively mix and match effects via an open source format supported by pedal makers and the DIY community.
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I have failed.

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Hey there,

First of all, to all of you, thank you for your patience and support.

I have failed.

I have mismanaged my money and time and I don't have the resources to finish the console.

This is what is going to happen :

1) The Console design documents, files, and information that have been done will be released to the public.

Half the budget of the Console kickstarter has been spent on actual Console design work, and the other half was mismanaged and end up getting eaten up by business and personal expenses over the course of the past two years.

I understand this is negligence on my part, and I intend on making it up to every single one of you. I know that this will mean I have lost trust in a number of my supporters and fans, and I don't expect to easily gain back that trust, but I'm going to work full time night and day as long as it takes to make it up to everyone.

Here they are : http://www.mediafire.com/download/ciz8fc7jpucilqf/ConsoleConsolidatedInformation.rar

The design information includes the Console I, II, and III base units, PCB's, cartridge pcb's, enclosure and related circuits. All of these are either completed or in the final stage of prototyping.

As I mentioned before, half the budget of the Console kickstarter was spent on the incredible design work by Ken Schurer of Infanem. I want to be very clear that Ken was in no way a part of the failure of this project. He was actually very close to finishing up the Console designs and if it had not been for my own mismanagement of time and money would have had it done a year ago.

2) The ownership of devi ever : fx is being handed over to another pedal company that will be revealed very shortly.

The past two years have proven that I am no longer capable of running a guitar pedal business properly. Between the failure of my ability to manage the Console project, the changing shape of the gear industry, and the most important thing imho : the fact I no longer have a passion for guitar gear… it is time that I move on. Fortunately I have found a pedal company who will be taking over devi ever : fx and are the kind of people I know will treat the brand and you guys with the respect you both deserve.

3) Everyone who contributed to the Console is going to get credit towards current devi ever : fx pedals or a refund, your choice.

I will be using money from subsequent royalties as well out of my own pocket to pay everyone who contributed to the Console project back, or hook you up with devi ever : fx pedals in return for your contribution to the Console.  Once again, your choice. This is my burden to bear and I aim to have it cleared sooner than later.

Although I am selling the business, I am not making much money from the direct sale, so it will be through subsequent royalties, as well as money I make via a day job, and what money I have now to give job that will be put towards paying you all back, or getting you devi ever : fx pedals in return for your contribution.

Please understand that I am in the process of finding a new job and am spending a lot of time working on video game development as my new source of income, so when you see me online promoting things related to that field, it's so that I can make enough money to pay you all back in a timely manner, as well as have enough money for daily living expenses, feed my cats, etc.

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To keep everything organized and clear of confusion I have set up a special email to discuss console reimbursement pedals, refunds, and any interest in the design documents that Ken finished.

The email to use when discussing Console related things is : console@deviever.com

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I am in your debt and I am truly sorry,

-devi ever

Paul Fazen, CJ Marsicano, and 2 more people like this update.

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    1. Jimi Smith on

      Plus one to all the sentiments posted here in this thread so far. Just to re-iterate, all the love and respect in the world for future endeveours (see what I did there!). A great Idea that I hope to see from elsewhere. Thank you for dealing with this in the manner in which you did Devi.

    2. Adam on

      I'm sorry things didn't work out. I really thought this project was a great idea.
      I'm disappointed in you for throwing the towel in this way. All of your updates until this point could be summarized as being "Sorry for the delay, but we're working and it's moving along.", then suddenly you proclaim it to be a failure.
      Kickstarter has a certain collaborative element. And your backers, myself included, believed in this project. You could have asked for help, or sounded the alarm sooner, and perhaps this could have been avoided...or at least worked out in some way.
      I have read of other projects that have gone over budget in which features are cut, or certain elements need revised. A few complain, but many are sympathetic and offer support.
      But it's ok. Things happen, and sometimes we suffer misfortune.
      Good luck in the future.

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      Jeromy on

      Sent you an email Devi. I'd be very interested in picking up the torch and have the team in place to do it. I need some more information from you though if that's ok.

    4. Brianna Lea Pruett on

      good luck in your new ventures Devi, seems like a good way to deal with this. much respect <3 B

    5. devi ever 3-time creator on

      Hey Bryan,

      As mentioned in this update, all the design files anyone would need to start producing the Console are available here : http://www.mediafire.com/download/ciz8fc7jpucilqf/ConsoleConsolidatedInformation.rar

      The company who will continue to build devi ever : fx will have no involvement with the Console. It was always meant to be an open source project and I would not feel right giving exclusivity to any one company.

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      Bryan Riggs on

      Appreciate the note - I'm sure it is hard to admit failure. That being said, I'm sure the majority of us would like to get the refund or other DE pedals. Should we just e-mail you at the new address to sort out that option, or shall we wait for a future e-mail for how best to proceed?

      Out of curiosity, did you try to sell the design/concept to other pedal companies, or is it included in the deal for the buyer of the pedal company? Would think it has some value to another specialty pedal company...at the very least would like to see it come to fruition someday, if it still is viable.

      Best of luck.

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      EightMelodies on

      This was probably really hard to write but at least you told us. The Console was an extremely neat idea though so I hope it comes to fruition someday.

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      Steve Bragg on

      Hi Devi,

      Really sorry to hear about this. Can't imagine how hard it was to send out this update. I wish you the best in your next endeavour. You don't owe me anything. It was great to receive updates about the product. Hopefully someone will pick up where you left off and run with it!

      Steve.

    9. Eric Coomer on

      I still love you. You've done great work over the years! God bless you.