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  The Plugiator

The Plugiator is an excitingly 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.

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.

Listen to these Sound Demos Demo 1 (2,8 MB) Demo 2 (4,1 MB) - all sounds you hear are factory presets with effects from the Plugiator, recorded and mixed (just levels). Absolutely no further processing or mastering was done. What you hear is what you get!

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.

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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 box provides MIDI In and Thru connections, USB, a microphone input, stereo line outs and a headphone output.

 

What others say about the Plugiator:

“Plugiator is brilliant in more ways than I can adequately describe....
If you’re in the market for a new suite of synths and you thought that software instruments were the only economically viable way for you to expand your sound, think again. The synth world just became a much
more interesting place.” -- Future Music 06/2008, Jojo Buchanan
 

“Plugiator is a gem: There's serious cost-effectiveness, sound quality, ease of use, and low latency... with editing software to complete the package. (...) this unassuming little box delivers major bang for the buck.” -- Harmony Central 10/2008, Craig Anderton

“Seriously, this little gem is the digital answer to almost every one of your analog wet dreams. (....) straight up the “Plugiator” rocks! Value for money, you get way more than you pay for. It’s easy to use, portable, well built, looks good and sounds great. It’s every live keyboardist’s dream come true and studio composer’s new best friend.”
-- Australian Musician 09/2008, Jason McNamara

“The sounds themselves are amazing. They’re not just evocative of the originals, they come close to perfect emulations, the dedicated DSP hardware providing a level of realism that most nativesoftware models can’t touch without bringing even a strong computer to its knees from CPU overload.” -- Recording Magazine 02/2009, Mike Metlay

Also see: 
Plug-ins for the Plugiator

The Plugiator ASX expansion board for CME US and VX keyboard controllers

Download the Plugiator User Manual v1.00 as PDF (1.1MB)

   

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