Muse Research Musings October 2009
It's Fall. It's New York. We're talkin' hot dogs, hot jazz, hot Broadway shows, and some hot news from Muse Research and Development. If you did happen to drop by the AES show, first of all thanks for stopping by, and secondly, we hope you dug what we're doing with RECEPTOR these days. For those of you who didn't have a chance to get to the show, you missed our debut of the new Solid State Drive option for the RECEPTOR 2 PRO and PRO MAX, the official release of UniWire for ProTools featuring a killer track by Pat Feehan (thank's Pat!), and John Emrich showing off BFD2 running on RECEPTOR 2. Also shown was the line of VIR2 instruments from Big Fish Audio, the UVI Workstation from Univers Sons, M-Tron Pro making some classic mellotron sounds, Pianoteq 3 proving how great physical modeling can be, and actual physical proof that the PLAY engine products from East West are very near release - in the form of Goliath running off the solid state drive RECEPTOR! We also had a preview of Komplete 6 on RECEPTOR 2, which will be released very soon!
Here is some detail from our press releases, which are available in their entirety on www.museresearch.com:
We are now shipping UniWire 1.3, an update that allows the RECEPTOR 2 family of hardware plug-in players to function with Pro Tools. Now Pro Tools users can off-load power-hungry plug-ins to RECEPTOR 2 and run them "virtually" using the RTAS-format UniWire plug-in inside of Pro Tools. In addition, RECEPTOR 2 lets Pro Tools users move beyond the RTAS world of virtual instruments and effects into the immense world of Windows VST plug-ins.
In addition to Pro Tools support via the RTAS interface, UniWire also works with Ableton Live, Apple Logic, Steinberg Cubase and Nuendo, Cakewalk Sonar, MOTU Digital Performer and more. The UniWire V1.3 release is free to all registered RECEPTOR users and is available now.
Muse Research and Development, Inc. debuted a new Solid Sate Drive (SSD) technology option for the esteemed RECEPTOR 2 PRO line of hardware plug-in players at the 127th AES show in New York City. SSD dramatically increases the data throughput of the RECEPTOR 2 PRO and PRO MAX for greater polyphony and lower latency, as well as increasing the ruggedness of an already robust design by replacing the traditional rotating hard drive with solid state drive technology with no moving parts.
The SSD option is available on either the RECEPTOR 2 PRO or RECEPTOR 2 PRO MAX models, and offers either 128GB or 256GB of storage. These new storage devices dramatically enhance the performance of the already-impressive RECEPTOR 2 PRO or PRO MAX by increasing the speed at which data is read from the drive by a factor of up to 5 when compared with a standard hard drive mechanism. The result is a dramatic increase in polyphony, along with reduced boot time, faster sample loading, and the ability to run some sample-based programs at much lower latency settings.
Introducing the new RECEPTOR OS V1.8 system software. In addition to a number of performance and stability improvements, RECEPTOR system software V1.8 now allows Spectrasonics Omnisphere and FXpansion BFD2 virtual instrument users to take full advantage of RECEPTOR 2's lightning fast processing power, super-low latency and renowned stability.
RECEPTOR system software V1.8 also offers increased support for Synthogy's Ivory pianos, GForce's M-Tron Pro, and Pianoteq 3 from Modartt. In addition, V1.8 supports all IK Multimedia guitar plug-ins, including AmpliTube 2, AmpliTube Jimi Hendrix, AmpliTube Metal, AmpliTube Fender, and AmpliTube Duo, and includes support for the most recent Kontakt Player engine that gives access to a large number of sample libraries including those from Big Fish and Sonic Reality.
Coldplay has been touring the globe in support of their multi-platinum Viva La Vida album. With them behind the scenes are techs Miller and Neill Lambert. They rely on RECEPTOR night after night to deliver great sound and reliable performance. Miller shares, "The RECEPTOR is the ultimate plug-in host for the live environment. They're rock solid, hugely powerful and they sound great. I can think of no better recommendation than the fact that we programmed ours in rehearsals and over a hundred shows later, we haven't had to do any more than turn them on each day to get exactly what we want from them. No crashes, no USB cables, no spinning beach balls or hour-glasses, just rock solid gigging night after night."
Keyboardist and music director James Halwell takes the stage with British singer/songwriter David Gray night after night. With 12 million album sales under his belt and a slew of international dates, you can be sure that Gray won't compromise when it comes to his live sound. Halwell recently retired his Mac after encountering challenges on tour and replaced it with a RECEPTOR 2 PRO. He comments, "I'm just loving the machine – it's so inspiring."
The Pet Shop Boys are optimistic. In fact, they named their 10th and latest release simply, Yes, and are currently touring the planet. With 32 Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart entries, vocalist Neil Tennant and keyboardist Chris Lowe have plenty to be positive about. With them on the road are keyboard tech Pete Gleadall and tour manager Andy Crookston, and, of course, RECEPTOR. They rely on RECEPTOR to flawlessly run a wide range of plug-ins, including Reaktor, Battery 3 for all the drum sounds, and a variety of synths and pianos.
Winner of the 2008 Tony Award for best musical, Broadway show "In The Heights" pulses with a musical blend of old and new and energetic dancing that leaves both the audience and players breathless. You can bet that they want only the best sound coming out of the pit. Synth programming for the show was done by Randy Cohen, who was sure to include RECEPTOR to run virtual instruments and effects.
Not only did pop sensation P!NK take honors for a record-breaking 58 sold out shows in Australia, she's packing houses and breaking records throughout Europe and the rest of the world as well. Supporting her are a cast of amazing musicians including keyboardist and music director Jason Chapman, keyboardist/guitarist Kat Fatale, and keyboard tech Michael Bernard. For each of their dual keyboard rigs, they rely on two RECEPTORs to faithfully run virtual instruments including Ivory, Komplete and much more.
As a multiple Grammy-nominated composer, producer, songwriter and arranger, Peter Wolf's credits range from Frank Zappa to Wang Chung, Natalie Cole, Heart, Jefferson Starship and The Who, just to name a few. In addition to his career in the world of rock and popular music, Wolf has scored a number of motion pictures including the films Neverending Story III, and Weekend at Bernie's II. Wolf recently stopped by the Muse Research offices to check out the RECEPTOR 2.