Today I got quite a shock when I went to order another batch of STM chips for the CIRRUS - the price has more than tripled to when I bought the last batch a few months ago. This is apparently because the chips produced by STM are also in high demand by the automotive industry and STM has reported shortages in materials and labour due to the global pandemic. An end to this chip shortage (and associated price hikes) seems to be as far away as the first half of 2023.
THE GOOD NEWS:
Everyone who has already ordered a CIRRUS will get one!
THE NOT SO GOOD NEWS:
With the increased prices for the STM chip we will have to raise the price of the CIRRUS accordingly. I am now researching the cheapest options, but it seems the increase will be somewhere between 25 EUR and 50 EUR. It depends on supply and minimum order quantities, so I’m not quite sure yet, how much it will be in the end.
MY QUESTION TO YOU:
If you consider buying the CIRRUS, how much more would you be willing to pay? Or would you rather hold back until prices have normalised (which could take more than 12 months)?
Please let me know your thoughts; this would be super helpful for us to find a good decision.
Post by Maximillius001 on Aug 30, 2021 17:50:06 GMT
Ah no, bad news!
I'm not sure really. I guess it depends on my financial situation, right now I can't really afford CIRRUS as it is, but it's 100% on my list!
I'm maybe happy to pay a little more for it than I might usually just because of how interesting the module is, and how cheap other modules are! In terms of how much more I'd pay, I really couldn't say sorry - it depends on circumstances!
Hope it gets back to normal sooner rather than later, and can't wait to finally get my hands on one!
Ugh that's a real dilemma. Grateful to be already in the queue. I think theoretically anything more than an extra 30 would probably be the point at which i’d think about spending the money on other modules instead - that would go a very long way on the TW store after all - and wait for prices to return to normal at some point in the future. Hopefully it won’t really be all the way until 2023… The world needs more modular and fewer motor vehicles…!
To be honest, given the cost, I'm resigned to using the Granulater DSP effect in Audiomulch to achieve the same effects. Even if it means I'm having to route out from the 4/IO module and back in again!
Oh this is a really tough one; on one hand the market prices are what they are but on the other hand you should ask the question how likely will the situation get back to normal again i.e. when will these chips begin to become readily available again, will that have an influence on the price as well, as in will the prices go down again. If that were the case I would wait it out and not have the cirrus available for the moment due to chip shortage. But if chip prices never go down then the price will need to be raised but this will affect all synth and module makers no?
So this page is a search of a STM chip which is being used in MI modules, but I'm not sure if that's the one Robert uses. You can see the normal prices at the top, but all those stockists have none available. Below are the sellers that have those chips available, but look at the prices!
Could you order the SMT boards without the STM32, and buy and solder it before shipping? This could allow you to purchase STM32 stock incrementally and thusly offer small amounts of the module to people who are willing to pay higher premiums without accidentally over-ordering an expensive chip and losing money if you overproduce.
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Bad predicament to be in. On one hand Cloud clones go for $175-$250 all the time for Eurorack version .... I feel that raising the price kinda goes against the AE mythos of being the inexpensive alternative that doesn't sacrifice quality of sound.
I would probably still buy but it would probably cut / budget other modules or maybe sell off some other gear. I sold my Microcosm pedal in hopes to invest in AE and eventually buy the cloud module but if the module starts getting too high, in the $250-$300, thats where some people might consider using alternatives like a pedal or a MicroGranny or even buying a small Eurorack setup just for the readily available Cloud Clones "for now readily available lol"
I would probably prefer however adopting some other options kind of like what is being done with the GRAINS module... I love the option of flashing firmware with different options...
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I had just received my last order of modules and wires... went to the site to order Cirrus after waiting ages to get paid for my freelance work... and it is sold out. And then I came here and read of Robert's dilemma. For everything that Tangible Waves has done for me by providing this amazing system, I would pay any extra, or pre-pay whatever if that is what it takes. That said, for as much as I'd love to have Cirrus sooner rather than later, I also have 5+ rows of modules to keep me plenty busy in the meantime. Just yesterday I tried out the VMBridge with my Volca... so good. More power to you, Robert. Thanks!
Could you order the SMT boards without the STM32, and buy and solder it before shipping? This could allow you to purchase STM32 stock incrementally and thusly offer small amounts of the module to people who are willing to pay higher premiums without accidentally over-ordering an expensive chip and loosing money if you overproduce.
Indeed, I'm thinking exactly this route currently... Thanks for the suggestion!
Post by jumpinjohnathon on Sept 2, 2021 21:11:00 GMT
The original aspect to my purchasing an AE system(and all the added modules I've purchased) was because of watching you Robert on video at the Conventions stating that you wanted to provide an affordable alternative to the expensive systems out there. The idea that I could get a complete system for what many would charge for two or three modules really hit home with me.
With regards to your chip crisis. I'd probably not be one of those willing to purchase a higher priced Cirrus. We are in some very uncertain times and unfortunately many are struggling to just live, work and survive. I don't think weve seen the hyper-inflation scenario hit us yet.
Laws of Supply & Demand
I do wish you luck in moving forward and much continued success with the Tangible Waves 'brand'.
I am a new comer to ae. I have a 2-tier eurorack (mostly filters and a few MI modules) and some semi-modulars. I was very excited when I learned about ae recently. I could follow everything and was able to price out a stzndard 4-tier set up that will be very powerful and sound great. I am looking forward to integrating my bastl stuff too, very cool. As it happens I am flat out of space in my doepfer and ae is my only option for granular in modular. So I would easily pay up to 40 euro extra, just please make more!
I'm not sweating the cost factor as much as others, but I do believe it would be unfortunate for Cirrus prices to be near other Eurorack versions of Clouds. Although I'm sure the makers of those modules are affected by this shortage as well.