First of all, I thank the developers for this great application, because as soon as I found it I was surprised by how versatile and powerful it is. however I have some doubts with the way you distribute it and I apologize in advance for my misspellings (since I don’t speak English).
Zrythm is supposed to be free and open source software, so why do you have to pay for the installers? I understand that this is the economic entry for the maintenance of the program, of the website, and that you deserve it for your great work. But don’t you think it is contradictory to promote this application as free software and at the same time put a price on installers? I know that the source code is free, but don’t forget that not all users know how to compile. therefore unfortunately a large number of beginning users of free software will not be able to test the potential of zrythm because they cannot get the full installers for free, but a trial version, (as if it were a proprietary daw). For this reason, reaper’s policy is better than ardor’s.
If zythm installers were free, then more users would come, and if more users would come, more contributors would come. Why do you think LMMS, Audacity, Mixxx are so famous ?, not only for their usefulness but also for they are free. Zrythm would have no problems if it were completely free for its potential. I don’t want to appear stingy, but that’s my observation in free software.
Commonly when a user can pay for a proprietary program he chooses the most commercial one and with a good technical support such as fl studio or ableton; but unfortunately zrythm is a very new application and it is still in alpha phase and this creates mistrust in users who do pay for proprietary software. I think you would receive more financial support with a patreon account and a YouTube channel, just like the developers at Olive Editor do.
Zrythm has a lot of potential and with all the features it has, it comes to fill the empty spaces left by LMMS, Ardor and Audacity, the best thing would be to free the installers in my humble opinion, correct me if I’m wrong. Regards