There are signs that Soundspot, the developer company of numerous synth, FX, and mixing/master plugins, is out of business.
New plugin developers appear on the market almost every week. Everyone with the aim of advancing or revolutionizing digital music production with their products. The market is full of developers. If you want to assert yourself there, you have to be different or innovative. You won’t do business with bread-and-butter plugins anymore in 2023.
However, only a fraction of new developers manages to be successful over many years and thus become a name in the industry. Thus plugin companies come and go all the time. Now one doesn’t seem to have made it.
Soundspot is a developer company that has released many effects, and mixing/mastering plugins in the recent past. They also have Union, a Synthesizer plugin in their portfolio. According to sources, Soundspot has the same lead designer (JD Young) as Denise Audio. The plugins are not particularly outstanding in terms of fascinating features but in terms of prices.
Retailers like Plugin Boutique often have special deals with discounts of up to 99% etc. Yes, unbelievable prices. The question is how can a developer company survive with such prices. For example, the reputation suffers with such a discount. Why does a company have to sell its plugins like this?
Out Of Business?
Apparently, the developers’ plan didn’t work out on the cheap trip. In social media as well as forums like KVR Audio or Gearspace (of course not GS) the reports that Soundspot is out of business are piling up. There is no official statement from the company, but there are clear signs that the fire has gone out. For a long time already.
First, the developer’s website https://www.soundspot.audio/ no longer exists. Already a few months ago it was reported that the domain was offered for sale. Then the activities on social media are stopped. The Twitter account is deleted, and they published the last post on Facebook in 2021.
There have been reports on KVR Audio about support requests that have gone unanswered for some time. For example, requests for license transfers, Apple Silicon support, registrations, etc. On KVR Audio, music producers report unanswered support requests regarding license transfers, Apple Silicon updates, registrations, etc. According to the forum entry, Plugin Boutique is still in contact with the developers but cannot guarantee updates.
These are all clear signs that a developer is no longer active. So I assume that Soundspot is out of business. It would be interesting to know what role Plugin Boutique plays in this topic. The UK plugin shop and long-time partner of Synth Anatomy continues to offer all Soundspot plugins as if everything were active and normal.
However, they hide from potential customers that the plugins no longer receive updates. There are also registration issues according to user reports. From a February KVR post, PB is still in touch with the developers. The question: do they both have a deal? Who knows. But it is very bad that PB continues to sell these plugins here
My 2 Pennies
This all looks like a dead manufacturer to me. I’m sure Soundspot is gone, but I could be wrong. For this, I advise everyone to not buy plugins from the company on Plugin Boutique. You’re only going to have problems here with registrations, updates, etc.