This year 13 will be the lucky number for those of us anxiously awaiting the Fishman Triple Play MIDI Guitar Controller. Last week I received an update on the product from Fishman.
“Everyone in the building is working on getting the Triple Play ready for NAMM.” said a Fishman representative close to the product, “The packaging is done. And we are making our final push.”
He went on to describe that the Triple Play hardware has been ready for some time. Units have been in the hands of testers and artists throughout 2012. Hardware design “has been tweaked a bit,” but ”has not changed significantly from the units shown at last years Winter NAMM show.”
The software package, which has been the biggest holdup, is finalized as of this month. And the official ship date? “We expect to have units at NAMM” he said, but later qualified it by referring to shipping being in “late January or early February.”
Fishman has hinted at expected ship dates, and announcements thereof, more than once in 2012. What has pushed back shipping on a nearly complete product for over a year? Software licensing. According to my source, it has taken this long to finalize contracts with third-party software vendors for the as-yet unannounced included synth and sound packages. It seems that getting “the software licenses we really wanted to get” took far longer than expected.
Apparently the ink is almost dry on those contracts and we can expect to see actual packaged retail units at the National Association of Music Manufacturers conference next week in Anaheim.
Click here for almost everything I know about the Triple Play.
UPDATE: Jan 21, 2013 – Fishman confirms that they “will be taking order from dealers at the NAMM show”. More on this soon.