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
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
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.
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
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
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
-- 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