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Muse Research Receptor - put Linux to good use 03/04/04
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The Receptor is a 2-rack space VST audio plug-in player. It's based around a motherboard running on the Linux OS that can run in stand alone mode to play back VST instruments and effects. So how does this help you? The arch coders at Muse Research have written a VST wrapper that will allow you to run Windows format VST plugins, that's how. Obviously, this means that the bulk of the OS is doing the stuff it needs to just for audio - such as running the on board sound card with stereo I/O (analog and digital) and the wrapper into which you load your VST plugins. Meaning that you get good performance and very low latency, making it work well for VSTi and realtime effects processing.
Receptor consists of a simple-to-use hardware front panel, a large hard drive pre-loaded with dozens of plug-ins, as well as pro-grade analog and digital I/O and MIDI interface for connection to a wide variety of other studio gear. This has been further enhanced by the recent announcement of an ADAT I/O board. You can also plug in a mouse, keyboard and monitor for setting up your patches, though all parameters are available from the front panel LCD.
There are two types of plug-in software on Receptor: innovative freeware, as well as "premium" software from the world's greatest commercial VST developers. Thirty day trial versions of all premium plug-ins are available in every Receptor.
To purchase the premium software, you download a key into Receptor's USB iLok dongle, which transports your software licenses from unit to unit.
Applied Acoustics Systems, Arturia, Dash Signature, DiscoDSP, FXpansion, GMEDIA Music, Kjaerhus Audio, LinPlug, Native Instruments, OhmForce, reFX, rgc:audio, PSP Audioware, and WaveArts are the current crop of participating VST manufacturers.
In addition to the premium software, there is a wide variety of "freeware" included with Receptor with hundreds of factory presets. These factory presets make use of Receptor's proprietary "multi" patch structure. Receptor's "multis" are user-programmable presets made up of various instruments, effects, and mixer settings all combined into one unified patch structure. This allows you to reconfigure Receptor entirely with just one MIDI program change, making Receptor a workable solution for live performance.
For guitarists, Receptor supports up to 57 plug-in effects along with amp simulation. Keyboardists love it, since Receptor supports "Multipatches" which combine all plug-ins with their individual parameters as well as all mixer settings into a single MIDI patch change. For recording engineers, Receptor offers powerful effects routing structures and a choice of digital or analog connection to your console. And since Receptor was designed to support live performance, it's ideal for fixed installations since it boots up to the last saved state in event of power loss and has a fail safe audio pass-through mode for uninterrupted audio.
"Receptor will put plug-in software in the hands of a whole new group of musicians in addition to the innovators who have been using it for years. Receptor is a solution for those who need the spontaneity and portability that only dedicated hardware delivers"
explains Chris Halaby, President of Muse Research. "Receptor is extremely useful to recording musicians as well as to live performers, and, since it works in a variety of situations, its represents a terrific value"
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