MOD Devices is boosting its open-source and community roots with a consolidated environment for collaborative software and hardware development.
The company is bringing together its community initiatives into the newly-found MOD Labs.
The announcement follows the launch of new products, including the MOD Duo X, and the its commercial Plugin Shop.
The concept for the MOD Labs was premiered at the last Linux Audio Conference, at c-base in Berlin, in which MOD Devices’ CPO and founder Gianfranco Ceccolini delivered the keynote presentation.
“The ‘closed company’ is quite an outdated model. Not only our own company trajectory but also recent world history shows the great importance of open and collaborative efforts,” said Ceccolini.
“In this sense, I consider the launch of MOD Labs as important as the recently launched Plugin Shop or the highly anticipated MOD Duo X, since it will strengthen the entire company moving forward. MOD Labs is an area of the company that responds and interacts with the community, it’s an interface layer that will spark innovation.”
MOD Labs will host current community activities, such as LV2 plugin development, as well as hardware projects using the MOD Arduino Shield and Control Chain, its open communications protocol.
All of these activities have already taken place in some form and, with the MOD Labs, the company is consolidating them on an institutional level, making them easier to scale up as the company grows.
Although MOD Labs is opened and anonymous by essence, it will provide some areas of deeper connection with the company that require a higher level of secrecy, such as the new beta testers program. The same will happen for potential joint development of commercial products that will be born in the open space and then migrate to the business-oriented side.
The company explained: “With its Labs, MOD is proposing a solution to a common problem in many of today’s tech companies that rely on Open Source technologies: tackling the dilemma of continuing to foster community-based projects while expanding the business in a healthy way.”
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