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Muse Research Musings Spring 2010

Vir2 RECEPTOR 2 Bundle

Muse Research & Development and Big Fish Audio have teamed up to introduce the Vir2 RECEPTOR 2 Bundle. Featuring five essential, superb sounding virtual instrument libraries that come pre-installed and ready to go, the Vir2 bundle consists of the RECEPTOR 2 Hardware Plug-in Player, plus a selection of Big Fish’s Vir2 instruments including Acoustic Legends, BASiS, Mojo: Horn Section, VI.ONE, and SyntAX. Total value if purchased separately is $3500, this bundle is available now for only $2499, exclusively from!

Vir2 RECEPTOR 2 Bundle


The RECEPTOR 2 line of Hardware Plug-in Players now supports the Native Instruments KOMPLETE 6 bundle of virtual instruments and effects. In fact, the RECEPTOR 2 can be purchased with KOMPLETE 6 pre-installed at a significant savings. Now you can run these top-quality instruments and effects on the best-sounding, most reliable platform available!


KOMPLETE 6 brings together seven cutting-edge products that no studio should be without. Containing groundbreaking and multi-award winning samplers, synths, guitar/bass amps and creative effects, this collection represents Native Instruments’ most powerful software tools. From hip-hop to film scores, pop to techno, rock to classical and beyond – KOMPLETE 6’s 7,000 presets and 60 GB of samples have it all covered.

This bundle is available on the RECEPTOR 2, RECEPTOR 2 PRO or RECEPTOR 2 PRO MAX

RECEPTOR 2 powers the main stage at Musikmesse 2010

Muse Research & Development provided dual RECEPTOR 2 Hardware Plug-in Players to power sound production on the Agora Stage at Musikmesse 2010 in Frankfurt, March 24 - 27. Each RECEPTOR 2 was loaded with Native Instruments KOMPLETE 6, enabling performers to use a suite of the hottest, best-sounding virtual instruments and effects running on RECEPTOR’s awarding-winning, super-stable sound platform.

Featuring sixteen performances a day for each of the four days of the Musikmesse fair, the Agora stage actually consisted of two active stages that made up the center performance arena for a wide variety of musicians of all styles and genres. Highlights included daily performances by an Allstar Band featuring Uli Jon Roth, Elliott Rubison, and Carmine Appice/Dave Lombardo plus several performances by Herman Li, Sam Totman and Dave Mackintosh of DragonForce.

Muse Research at Musikmesse
Muse Research & Development at Musikmesse

Muse Research selects Ultimate Sound Bank as the core sound set for MuseBox

Peavey, Muse Research and USB MuseBox, currently under development by Muse Research and Peavey Electronics and winner of a Mix Magazine Pick Hit Award at the 2010 NAMM show where it debuted, will ship with a comprehensive sound set that includes acoustic pianos, electric pianos, organs, plus synth leads and pads – all the essentials required by the gigging keyboardist. Currently, it is expected that the core sound set will approach 4GB in size, drawing from the extensive Ultimate Sound Bank library.

“We’re really excited to have the team at Ultimate Sound Bank on board to supply the core sounds for MuseBox,” comments Bryan Lanser, VP of Product Development at Muse Research. “Ultimate Sound Bank has created some incredible virtual instruments, and the UVI engine powers virtual instruments that are used by the top bands and performing artists around the world. We are very happy to announce this association, and look forward to making a great product with them,” he adds.

“The MuseBox is certainly one of the most exciting pieces of hardware I’ve seen for a long time, and it’s an honour for us to power the MuseBox with the UVI Engine and provide the most playable soundset from our collection,” said Alain Etchart, Founder and Director of Marketing at Ultimate Sound Bank.


Electronic Musical Components distributes RECEPTOR in Germany

Muse Research & Development has announced a new partnership with German distributor Electronic Music Components (EMC). EMC will now exclusively distribute and service Muse Research’s RECEPTOR line of hardware plug-in players throughout Germany.

“We are very excited to partner with EMC and expect that their expertise and dedication will be the perfect match for the RECEPTOR,” commented Chris Halaby, CEO of Muse Research. “Their involvement with technology rich products and their understanding of the needs of customers of those products will surely be a benefit to Muse Research.”

In addition to the RECEPTOR, EMC represents Radikal Technologies products and was named “Distributor of the Year” by MOOG. “We at EMC are very proud to be the distributor for Muse Research. The cutting edge high-end technology fits in perfectly with our portfolio of top brand products,” said Michael Hein, Vice President EMC.

Muse Research RECEPTOR on display at the EMC booth
The Muse Research RECEPTOR was on display at the EMC booth at Musikmesse

KVR Audio Celebrates 10 Years with a Year-Long Giveaway:
Over $10,000 in Prizes to be won!

KVR TENThis year KVR Audio is celebrating 10 years as the number one news and information resource for audio plug-ins! To mark this special occasion they are having a huge giveaway contest for the whole year (until the end of Jan 2011)! Every month you can win a prize from a major software developer, gear manufacturer or educational institution.

KVR TEN: Prizes!


GForce BundleFive Super Hot Synths At An Even Hotter Price!

Get all the virtual synths from GForce Software ready to go for your RECEPTOR. OR, get a great deal on a RECEPTOR 2 with the GForce bundle pre-installed.

RECEPTOR 2 with GForce Bundle pre-installed: $1999!

GForce Bundle only: $499!

You get:

  • Oddity: modeled on the classic ARP Odyssey synthesizer.
  • impOSCar: a menagerie of synthesis: subtractive, additive, monophonic, duophonic, polyphonic, and much more!
  • Minimonsta:Melohman: it’s the Minimoog on steroids and with plenty of attitude.
  • VSM: an intuitive but highly powerful Virtual String Machine.
  • M-Tron Pro: a remarkable emulation of the classic Mellotron®, the unique tape playback keyboard.


RecepTOURCarrie Underwood is now RECEPTOR powered. Jonathan Hamby, keyboardist for Carrie Underwood, recently retired his MacBook and picked up a RECEPTOR 2 PRO. Jonathan reports that he really likes his RECEPTOR, and when he isn’t playing live he uses it with his Logic system as an accelerator.

Trace Adkins’ keyboardist Bruce Sunderland is picking up a RECEPTOR 2 PRO for his new tour starting up soon. Apparently Trace was so impressed by the sound of tour partner Toby Keith’s keyboard rig played by RECEPTOR artist Rex Mauney. Even Trace’s FOH engineer commented that Rex had the best live piano sound he had ever heard. And since we have no secrets here, Rex uses Native Instruments Akoustik Piano live and in the studio.

American IdiotAmerican Idiotopens on Broadway... powered by RECEPTOR. The smash hit musical by Green Day called “American Idiot” moved directly from hits debut at the Berkeley Rep to the Great White Way. Randy Cohen programmed three RECEPTOR 2 PROs for use in this show that is destined to rock Broadway for a long time to come.

Speaking of Broadway, the Tony Award Winning Music “In The Heights” is now on tour, and yes, they are taking audiences to new Heights using RECEPTORs, also programmed by Randy Cohen. Read more about Randy here.

Korel TunadorThe Goo Goo Dolls are finishing up a new album and launch a new world tour. And joining the boys will be Korel Tunador, fresh off his tour with Katy Perry, armed with four new RECEPTOR 2 PRO MAX units... two for his main rig and two for his “B” rig for fly dates. Reportedly, RECEPTOR also made it on to the album as well.

Alicia's KeysNative Instruments made a HUGE announcement that they have worked with Alicia Keys to sample her very special Yamaha piano and release it as a special artist library. We’re pleased to report that Alicia has chosen to run her namesake library on RECEPTOR 2 PRO’s with solid state drives... talk about a match made in heaven... Awesome piano sounds delivered with super low latency via RECEPTOR. Gotta love it.

Billy and Elton on tour: Dave Rosenthal from Billy Joel’s amazing band came through the Bay Area as part of the Billy Joel / Elton John Face 2 Face tour. Dave’s RECEPTOR is providing classic organ and FM sounds to his impressive rig, chronicled by Stephen Fortner from Keyboard magazine in his excellent video available here.

David Rosenthalís rack
The RECEPTOR is a key component of David Rosenthal’s rack.

Michael Bublé’s guitarist Dino Meneghin is about to take delivery of a RECEPTOR 2 PRO MAX for use on the road so he can have the power of his entire studio in one compact combo of his RECEPTOR 2 with his Macbook.

RECEPTOR at the Grammys: What was that dead center on the Grammy Awards’ stage with the Black Eyed Peas? Yes, the RECEPTOR took center stage as Fergie and the boys whooped it up with another killer performance. And speaking of Grammys, that stunning piano playing behind P!nk as she sang and spiraled was none other than keyboardist Paul Mirkovich playing Ivory on the RECEPTOR!

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