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Muse Research Receptor Rev C Rackmount VST Plug-in Player   

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Free your plug-ins from your computer and play them like an instrument!

The Muse Receptor is dedicated hardware for running plug-ins that allows you to take your virtual instruments to the stage, rehearsal space, or studio without hauling along your computer. The revision C of the Muse includes an advanced Turion AMD 64 processor with HyperTransport, a faster 400Mhz RAM bus, and a 1-GHz system bus, resulting in up to a 20-percent improvement in performance. Additionally, the processor features AMD's PowerNow power management technology for reduced power consumption allowing the system to run cooler and quieter than the previous Receptor versions of hardware.

Receptor On Stage

Muse has designed the Receptor hardware plug-in player so that performers could simply turn it on, dial up a VST plug-in, and start making music. With its lightning fast MIDI response, durability and stability, Receptor is truly optimized for live performance.

Whether syncing to MIDI beat clock, responding to MIDI performance controllers, or recalling complex patches with standard MIDI program change messages, Receptor integrates effortlessly into a live performance environment. And if your roadie kicks out the power cable, Receptor will reboot right back into its proper configuration within 5 seconds! Its flexible and intuitive architecture allows customers to create Receptor environments than can respond to patch changes instantaneously.

The Receptor is robust and portable—hosting both today's and tomorrow's best plugins in an easy to use hardware environment. Receptor conforms to the performer's workflow, not the other way around. Do you want a dedicated, stand-alone visual editing and configuration environment? Simply plug a monitor, keyboard, and mouse directly into Receptor and configure it without using a computer. Is the computer the center of your musical universe? Then connect Receptor's Ethernet cable to your computer and graphically control it directly from your Mac or PC. Do you not want to bother with monitors and mice? Receptor is completely controllable from its own front panel using dedicated knobs and buttons.

Receptor in the Studio

With its whisper-quiet fan and cool, retro appearance, the Receptor VST player belies its true identity—a thoroughly modern, software-configurable module, designed to integrate completely and effortlessly into a network of computer-hosted digital audio workstations.

The Receptor is designed for musicians. Its user interface follows a familiar mixer-analogy, allowing users to create patches containing as many as 16 simultaneous stereo plugin instruments. Insert slots, two stereo send busses and the master buss all allow the possibility of adding a whopping 57 additional effects plugins to your sonic assault.

Used individually or combined up to 16 individual synthesizers and 57 effects allow for complex sound sculptures unattainable with either computers or hardware. And, of course, all parameters can be remotely controlled via MIDI, and entire configurations can be saved and recalled with a single program change.

Muse Research is fully aware that the computer is the heart and soul of every modern recording studio, and they've designed the Receptor plug in player to integrate completely with today's studios. Up to 10 Receptors can be connected to a single computer using gigabit Ethernet. All audio, MIDI, and graphical control information is then transferred between Receptor and your computer using only the Ethernet cable. This is called UniWire—and it comes free with every Receptor.

With the UniWire plugin in your computer's sequencer, you can graphically control and edit your Receptor without ever taking your eyes off your sequencer!

The UniWire plugin transmits all MIDI and audio data between Receptor and your sequencer over a single Ethernet cable. Each Receptor that you plug into your computer network becomes an extension of your existing recording environment—allowing unprecedented sound creation potential without taxing your host computer's CPU. And all this power is accessed exactly the way your workflow requires—through a plugin running in your host computer.

The word sound is the first word in the phrase sound module, and Muse Research understands that any good musical instrument is about the sound—first and foremost. For this reason, Receptor's audio I/O was designed for superlative sonic performance, with 24-bit/96kHz converters, balanced +4dbm input and outputs on 1/4" TRS connectors, plus S/PDIF stereo digital I/O.

The Receptor is both a sound module and an effects module. Each of Receptor's 16 instrument channels are able to processes audio as well as generate it. Along with its S/PDIF stereo digital input and balanced +4dbm stereo analog inputs, Receptor features a front panel, high-Z instrument input that enables guitarists and bass players to enjoy the modern sonic palette that plugins offer. MIDI I/O supports your keyboard rig and a convenient USB port provides support for several USB MIDI devices. And, of course, you can plug your headphones into the front panel jack during those late night moments when inspiration strikes.

The Receptor virtual instrument player is designed to be equally at home on the stage or in the studio. Not only will it integrate with your studio, allowing you to incorporate hundreds of additional virtual instruments and effects into your productions, but it can be untethered from the studio and taken on stage—insuring your audience loves your live performance as much as your records.

The Receptor is flexible, adaptable, and open-ended—allowing you to run today's plugins as well as tomorrow's. It combines the flexibility and diversity of software, with the immediacy, durability, and tactile ergonomics of hardware to give musicians, producers, sound designers and performers the ultimate musical tool.

Not only does the Receptor run hundreds of Receptorized plugins—all of which are fine tuned for the Receptor and feature a harmonized installation method, but it also supports an increasing number of off-the-shelf plugins—meaning you can purchase a Windows plugin at your favorite music store and install it in the Receptor. Muse Research's plugorama.com website contains a wealth of information about available plugins, and new plugins constantly being added to the Receptor compatibility list.

Synth/Sampler Hardware that plays Virtual Instruments and Effects
It's deceptively simple to describe what the Receptor is: a 2U rack-mountable module that runs standard Windows VST instruments and effects. Receptor can process and play back 16 simultaneous audio sources, which can be either internal VSTi instruments or external analog/digital inputs. It can also run up to 57 VST effects at one time. But that barely hints at what you can do with Receptor!

Play, edit and store VST plug-ins
The Receptor plug-in player is incredibly easy to use. Just turn it on, dial up a VST plug-in effect or instrument, and start making music. Optimized for live performance, the Receptor will amaze you with a library of pre-installed plug-ins and lightning fast MIDI response.

Incredibly powerful and versatile
The Receptor is incredibly versatile. It can run VST software synths, guitar processors, and audio effects, essentially working as three products in one. And you can use it in stand-alone mode and connect a keyboard, mouse and monitor for ease of use. From its super quiet operation in the studio to its rugged rack mount enclosure, Receptor is a tool designed to help you get your act together and then take it on the road.

Mixer-style interface
Receptor's intuitive, mixer-like architecture combines up to 16 different audio sources, which can be either internal VSTi instruments or external analog/digital inputs. Each source is then routed through its own inline effects matrix that allows three VST plug-ins to be configured in every possible parallel/series arrangement. From there, each source is sent to a dedicated mixer channel, where the sound can be further processed by sending it to two dedicated effects busses, each with another fully configurable VST effects matrix. Need more processing? There is yet another VST effects matrix on the master output, for mastering and sweetening effects.

In all, the Receptor provides architectural support for as many as 16 simultaneous VSTi instruments and 57 VST effects, while further offering the ability to process external inputs using its front-panel high-Z input, its rear-panel balanced analog inputs, or its S/PDIF digital input.

Download and edit presets with your Windows or Mac computer
And, all this effects power can be harnessed through Receptor's intuitive front-panel interface, with full front panel and MIDI access to millions of internal patch locations. For those who prefer mice to buttons, you can connect a mouse, keyboard and monitor directly to the Receptor, or you can network it to your Mac or PC and control it remotely from a window on that machine.

FEATURES
  • Play, edit and store VST plug-in effects and instruments on a hardware device without requiring a computer
  • Intuitive mixer-style interface handles up to 16 internal and external audio signals at once
  • Can play up to 57 VST effects at once
  • Accepts standard keyboard, mouse and monitor for convenience
  • Connects to your Windows or Mac computer for downloading and editing presets
  • Sturdy construction stands up to live performance use
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