Hardware Synth With Plug-Ins

Say hello to the Plugiator      02/01/08

Hardware Synth With Plug-Ins

Buying Choices
Use Audio Inc has announced the release of the Plugiator, which they describe as an innovative table top synthesizer which utilizes the latest and fastest DSP technology to provide high-end plug-in technology within a most convenient portable form factor.
Here’s what they have to say about it in Use Audio's own words…
'So far, hardware synth modules were fixed-architecture, basically providing one fixed sound engine and presets which cover the range of the given architecture. In contrast, the Plugiator can store up to eight DSP plug-ins featuring very different synthesis architectures – thus hugely expanding the sonic possibilities and sound spectrum.
And while sample players only play back recordings of different instruments, the Plugiator emulates and models the actual instruments themselves. Compared to samplers, that makes a big difference in sound: the sound is more lively, more intense and just more “genuine�! Also, most importantly, you can also access and tweak all sound parameters of the model for creating new sounds. Bottom line: The Plugiator plug-ins actually sound and behave like real hardware, not just recordings of it.
The Plugiator can store up to eight different DSP plug-ins and can load any one at a time at a push of a button. Each plug-in comes with 100 presets – allowing you to store up to 800 different sounds within that cute little box which the Plugiator is.
When connected to your computer via USB, the Plug-In Manager software (for Windows and OSX) lets you tweak each plug-in via its GUI and manage your presets which you want stored in the Plugiator box.
Another unique innovation is the elegant integration of an online sound database – which allows you to listen to new user-uploaded presets with just one click of your mouse! Yes… No need to download and install sound banks: actually listen to new sounds from the internet instantly; it just does not get more convenient than that.
The Plugiator would not be a Use Audio product if the operating panel wasn’t equally inviting: Eight encoder knobs allow you to tweak major sound parameters while playing, and the ten “quick pads� let you quickly store and recall your favorite plug-in/preset combinations – just as you need it when you perform live.
The Plugiator comes loaded with four plug-ins:
  • The Minimax
    MiniMax is the highly acclaimed replica of the famous legend. Incredibly fat and responsive sound, intuitive control... tweaking its knobs is pure fun, a real performance synth.
  • The Lightwave
    While the oscillators of the LightWave are based on wavetables, the aftermath is virtual analog - giving you wide control of the sound. From complex pads to powerful leads, LightWave offers a vast range of sonic possibilities.
  • The B4000
    The B4000 turns your keyboard into the Queen of Organs. The genuine sound of a real living electromechanical 400 pound monster. Lively, authentic, emotional...
  • The Vocodizer
    That's what the microphone input of the Plugiator is for - Plug in your microphone and modulate sounds with our voice ...
    Four more plug-ins will be soon available for purchase.
The Plugiator box provides MIDI In and Thru connections, USB, a microphone input, stereo line outs and a headphone output. It will have its debut at NAMM in January (Hall E Booth 1204), and will be available with dealers from February 2008.
If you own a CME keyboard controller, the Plugiator is also available under the name “ASX – Authentic Sound Expansion� as an expansion board for the UF and VX family of keyboards, see www.asx-synth.com'
Pricing and Availability:
Available from February 2008
399 EUR incl VAT / 469 USD
More information:
  • www.use-audio.com


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