Thanks for the post, i've broken down your message and responded below:
“DVC 4 Gold … Suddenly for no apparent reason the interface stopped sending DMX signals. A new project to test with only one fixture, a loaded backup of the project file, nothing brought the solution.”
~You could also try using the 2nd port universe as a test to see if it is the DMX chip that is faulty, and you can also use hardware manager tool to adjust the faders manually and see if a basic connected fixture responds.
“MusicStore has a default processing time of 3-4 weeks. +Shipping time. That's up to ~5 weeks for me in which my light doesn't run fully. If the specified deadline is met.”
~In future, you can also contact Daslight support direct for an RMA as our times our usually quicker than this (depending on the courier service you use to send the device to our offices).
“I don't want to spend another 300€ for a gold interface”
~For reference, it is unlikely that the DVC4 Gold will be compatible, it may be that the DVC4 GZM is compatible as it is the flagship device, similar to only the DVC3 GZM being compatible with Daslight 4, but this is not confirmed. The DVC FUN will likely work as it is a SUT device, so this should be compatible with a Daslight 5 licence upgrade. As for the DVC4 Gold, it is unlikely this would be compatible with Daslight 5 as it is of old hardware and not a SUT device.
“If I understood that correctly, the DVC4 Fun with a Full Ugrade would be more suitable. However, it has only one output. The step to a 500€ Gzm is something that I had also not considered when changing from 3 to 4. 3000+ channels, that would be too much of a good thing.
Unfortunately I move exactly at the border around the 512 channels. Always depends on the exact fixture setup. Sometimes it is a little more than 512 times a little less.”
~Same answer as above, but new hardware is being developed for future software which I anticipate being very desirable to many users!
“If I buy now a Fun with 179 + 89 ~~ 268€ I get on 512 Channel for the future. Not well.
If I buy another gold for 379€ I have 1024 channel but probably no Daslight 5 and would have to buy a new one for first and fallback device as an upgrade! Also not well.”
~If you need a new device now, and your choice is either the DVC FUN or DVC4 Gold, I would advise the FUN as it is relatively low cost, and would advise upgrading the channels and then also to the full licence for 1 year of Daslight 4, and then see where Daslight 5 is along the development road map and decide then where to go with terms of upgrade and hardware. Whilst the DVC4 Gold is an excellent device, its compatibility with Daslight 5 is unknown, so I can’t advise for certain here.
~You could also of course purchase a Light Rider LR512, this uses a USB-C connection, has 2 XLR outputs, although it only has 512 channels currently, but it is a SUT device, so you can upgrade the channels to 1024 and use the 2nd universe in our computer software. It also has a Lifetime Light Rider licence, as well as a full 2year Daslight 4 licence.
“So I'm now faced with a decision I'd like to make based on whether Daslight 5 will bring revolutionary features to me in the next 2 years that I would miss.
(Virtual grouping with master fader for RGB dimming, fixture group dimming, fixture group color mixing, gobo grouping, ...; better keyboard input handling; better integration with VDJ, Serato, Recordbox, Mixxx?; additional Timesignatures 4/1, 8/1, ...; Custom Color Themes or at least a light and a dark one; improved stability for bulk editing (Daslight 4 is a huge mess from 15++ steps on with full channel assignment and that's not due to my i7-8700k 5GHz); by God better translations and if they come from the community; HighResScreen support (Sry that I have 2.4K display and always have to lower it down to 1080p; this is simply not acceptable in 2019); something less sensitive than MikroUSB I wouldn't mind either; and that's what I came up with in half a day, if we opened a collection here, Daslight would only need 1 requirements engineer to document all those wishes correctly)”
~We have a Daslight 5 ‘future ideas list’ and all of the above is on it, however we are yet to generate and confirm a finalised spec of features, so unable to comment currently.
“Are there already facts and data that could help me with my decision?”
~I can’t say anything more for certain other than what I have listed above. I think your best bet would be the LR512, as this gives you the most versatility, and future proof. But with either interfaces, we always have trade in offers available when new hardware is released.