The terms of that agreement were simple, 32 and 64 bit support for VST plug. The deal was done, and 64 bit could not be accommodated, so the deal was lost. I know that guy, and it was an absolutely HUGE deal lost...I'd mention more of what it was about, but I'm under NDA so I can't, but lets just say, 64 Bit is an absolute must, no question about it. Without it, there is almost zero future for sm developed plugs past another year and a half, after that forget it.
People can argue and say why 64 bit is not important, but it is, and it is coming fast. It will be lack of 64 bit support that kills SM. If no one wants to run a 32 bit vst, then no one will want to develop them. Very simple...
It does not matter whether we can see usage for it, its whether the user sees usage for it. If the user sees they have to run bit bridge, or j-bridge, then they'll find options where they don't have to run that, those options will come in the form of other VST plugs that run native 64 bit and our plugs will simply not be used.
Some here awhile ago theorized that SM was a dieing product that Outsim had lost interest in it, well if they don't implement 64bit then that will tell you straight away that the product is on the way out. 64Bit should be at the very top of the list for things that SM needs to survive.
Just my 2 cents..