This probably is no real surprise to anyone but there is a world wide shortage of ICs at the moment, a month or so ago it was pretty much just micro controllers, but now it seems op-amps and even voltage regulators are in short supply. To cap this off a number of IC vendors are seeing this as a chance to “end of life” a few parts as well.
Add on top the complete train wreck that is brexit and the additional costs of buying and selling goods outside of the UK and things go from bad to worse.
And to cap it off, we’re also now seeing supplier issues in the UK, shortages of materials, courtesy of Brexit, and increased costs for parts and manufacturing. Add that in to the previous mix and that finding suppliers who are reliable and consistent in the UK has become almost impossible.
What does this add up to? well, a perfect storm for UK manufacturers like Dove Audio, creating a lot of stress and uncertainty.
The result? Building modules and synths has become somewhat of a chore, dealing with suppliers, HMRCC, taxes, shipping, supply issues and has taken the ‘fun’ out of building synths.
So we’ve taken the decision that we’re going to be pressing pause on things for a while, we’re not closing up, we’re just going to put everything on pause for a while. We’ll be keeping an eye on IC supplies and all the other fun things going on, but for the moment we’re taking a break.
Stay safe, Look after yourself and see you soon.