I wouldn't use a cracked OS or DAW but I have had very few problems with the various try before you buy VSTs and VSTIs I have used over the years. If you know where to go and which crackers stuff to search for then it's generally ok.j2j wrote:Crash wrote: Sorry (I agree to disagree ), but in my experience that's mostly myth in order to keep people from using cracks.
No ways mate. Cracks don't work. It is not a myth. You've just been lucky. They are definitely filled with virus's, and instability. Either you are lying to yourself, or you honestly don't know.
Having said that I think it's important to support some developers and I have generally paid for those plugs I have appreciated as time has gone on. Conversely some developers deserve to have their shoddy crap ripped off and not receive reimbursement for their dev time. e.g. NI Intakt, Replicant (some AD products are excellent I would point out). And it's utter rubbish software like this that increases the market for warez. Who wants to lay down a few hundred quid for something that might not work?
And the magazines have a lot to answer for too - they only review if the developer buys advertising space and then the developer expects a good review - and gets it 99% of the time, so it's all a stitch up. Bring on the warez!!!
Which all raises an interesting point - it's ok for developers to release half finished buggy shit, and no-one talks about 'goods not fit for sale', 'misrepresentation of goods' (sold as "working" or "useful" for example), or talks of sueing software houses for compensation for artist's lost time (due to irrecoverable crashes of improperly tested software for example), but everyone shits their pants about using cracked software. Sheeesh....come on guys...
Bottom line is: if it's your primary most important piece of software and generally is known to be good quality, take the long term view - Ableton are more likely to fix more people's bugs if they have the capital to employ the staff to do it than otherwise, so it makes sense to buy the software if you are in it for the long term.