Greetings from Muse Research!
Ahh... Spring (OK, it's just about summer now...). Gotta love Nature busting out all over, with all the flowers and new growth. Of course here in California we've been inundated with rain, which is the perfect environment to hunker down in the office and write a ton of new software, get a bunch of new plug-ins qualified on Receptor, make a few tweaks to UniWire™, which by the way, IS NOW SHIPPING!! That's right, Version 1.5 software is now officially released and UniWire support for VST is now golden. Be sure to check out the new features we've added to V1.5 later in this document.
In other news, we did manage to work in a trade show despite all the rain, visiting Frankfurt Germany for the Musikmesse / Pro Light and Sound Exhibition. Of course it rained there as well, and between downpours, we managed to announce the release of a bunch of new plug-ins. Did someone say Musikmesse (cue the lights, fade up the music): its time for our Musikmesse Wrap-up!
Musikmesse Pro Light and Sound
We were located in our distributor's booth (Hyperactive), and it looked kinda like this:
UniWire blows people's minds at Messe
Fayoum Blue entertains the crowds at Musikmesse
Here's what Michael had to say about Receptor:
"I spent two minutes with the manual and several hours playing music – exactly the way it should be. Setting up and loading / programming my personal Guitar Rig sounds into Receptor was a total no-brainer.
What also impressed me was playing the awesome guitar amp sounds of Nomad Factory's "Rock Amp Legends" with snappy 32 samples latency through Receptor. That's 0.73 ms at 44.1 kHz sampling rate, as far as my calculating skills go...!!
Even as the picky vintage gear slut that I happen to be, I must admit: In the world of amp simulation, the "spank" and the "thump" are definitely back with Receptor!"
Keyboardist Lothar Krell was also impressed:
"Without even looking at the manual I was able to create a complex setup of VST instruments running on Receptor in a snap. Realizing that even when playing with extremely low latency the CPU load rarely goes over 50%, which saves my nerves (and fingernails) when using VSTs live on stage! I will keep the other computer for doing my emails, though!!"
NEW PLUG-INS NOW AVAILABLE ON PLUGORAMA
The following plug-ins are available now for download into Receptor and feature 14-day (Nomad Factory) / 30-day (AAS) fully functional demo periods before you have to buy the license from Plugorama:
The following plug-ins are NOW AVAILABLE on PLUGORAMA, with installers that allow you to install your store-bought copy of the plug-in on Receptor:
A couple of old favorites have also been updated recently. New installers are now available for download for:
KILLER DEALS AWAIT THOSE WHO HURRY TO PLUGORAMA
Check the Plugorama website for the latest limited-time "Spring Specials" for Receptor owners, before they go away!
A|A|S Bundle: This great new bundle is available until the end of July, 2006, for the incredibly low price of just $349! It consists of Applied Acoustics Systems' awesome Lounge Lizard EP-3, String Studio VS-1 and Ultra Analog VA-1, which usually retail for a combined total of $697! That's HALF PRICE!
Recent Artist purchases of Receptor include KingJamesII, the R&B / Hip Hop producer and engineer who works at Daddy's House Studio (owned by Sean Combs), The Rippingtons keyboardist Bill Heller, and Frank Stauss, keyboardist with Sir Tom Jones!
Other recent artists adopting Receptor include the talented Jason Halbert, MD and Keyboardist for Kelly Clarkson, who is now using Receptor on Kelly's upcoming world tour, the incomparable Herbie Hancock, who now uses Receptor for playing a wide variety of plug-ins live, and Thom Hall, the keyboardist for George Benson, who is also adopting Receptor for use on his upcoming tour!
Be sure to check out the latest artists using Receptor at our Artist showcase.
By the way, just to set the record straight, there are no paid artist endorsements at Muse Research.
What's new with Receptor?
UNIWIRE IS IN NOW SHIPPING! Finally, Receptor integrates so tightly with your host computer it is as if Receptor was operating INSIDE your system, thanks to UniWire. UniWire allows you to connect Receptor to your laptop or desktop computer (Mac or PC) and then run a UniWire plug-in in your host software (currently supporting Cubase, Nuendo, Ableton Live, with support for Sonar, Logic, Performer, and ProTools coming soon!).
ALSO NEW IN VERSION 1.5: Mixer Snapshots! This amazing feature lets you switch from one plug in to another instantly, with no need to load samples... perfect for those of you who need to move from one sampler playing say piano, to another, playing, say, strings or brass. Admittedly, snapshots will consume a fair amount of RAM since all the plug-ins you have loaded stay loaded in RAM, but by selective bypassing and un-bypassing the plugins of interest you can keep the maximum amount of CPU horsepower available for the plug-in you want to focus on. You simply have to check out this new feature – it is amazing!
Snapshots in a nutshell: Here's how to make your own Mixer Snapshot bank (this feature requires version 1.5 system software, that you can download for free from Plugorama.
SNAPSHOTS is a great feature for live use where you need to switch from one plug-in to another and where samples are used as this features keeps your samples loaded at all times.
Bank Select Defeat: Thanks to feedback from our customers, we are now aware that some keyboards don't adhere to the MIDI spec when it comes to bank select messages. Those offending keyboard manufacturers shall remain un-named, but we have decided to add a feature that will eliminate unpredictable behavior when using certain keyboards. As a result, we now provide the ability to IGNORE bank select commands coming from your keyboard, allowing you to stay within a selected bank regardless of what your keyboard might be transmitting.
WELCOME BACK RICK!
After a brief foray into another industry, Rick Escobar has returned to Muse Research to head up our customer service and S/W QA group. Also please welcome Anne Perez to Muse Research who will be handling the manufacturing chores from this point forward.