One of the greatest factors that can make the NDSP Quad Cortex wildly successful is the online community and the ability to download community created presets offered for free on the cloud.
One problem with the current community is there is no way to vet the quality, accuracy or consistency of any preset except to download it and try it yourself. While searching for presets, you CAN easily see the number of times a preset has been downloaded, BUT since “starring” a preset is needed to download, the star “rating” is pretty deceiving. Presets with 100s of stars does not necessarily mean people liked the preset but rather it was just starred and potentially downloaded 100s of times (in many cases they might not have even been downloaded, installed, and played through).
Having built and run a massive photography website myself with a super active community, I believe one easy thing that would help the NDSP community greatly would be to adopt an Amazon style rating system. Ideally it would have text reviews as well to help users understand what might be improved or what is great about the preset, but at the very least, a simple star system will 1) help users weed out bad and amazing presets and 2) help prevent the most starred presets from perpetually ranking high on the list even though they may not actually be useful, accurate, or complete.
The worst thing we all want for this amazing hardware and tech is for new and old users to complain that “most of the presets online are awful and useless.” If we can get the community to continue to graciously upload presets, allow users to download them for free, and have a solid feedback/rating system, I think the Quad Cortex will be more successful than the other guitar modeling options on the market.
If you really want to add gasoline to this community growth, adding some sort of Karma ranking that pushes successful users to the top and offers them free NDSP plugins after submitting so many uploads or highly ranked uploads would help incentivize power contributors to keep uploading their own presets. It would also be amazing to easily know if a user identifies as a touring musician, bedroom player, sound engineer, producer, bass player, etc etc but that is less of a priority right now.
I have already asked a few QC user groups on Facebook about this feature and it has been widely praised and upvoted which has lead me here. We all know how much work is being poured into this amazing product and these tasks take time to implement. I believe prioritizing this rating system into the online user preset database is a super low hanging fruit that will increase product sentiment, user enjoyment, and functionality to all your pre existing presets and neural captures. It seems like an absolutely no brainer.