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Use Audio Inc. has announced the Plugiator, an innovative table top synthesizer
that can store up to eight different DSP plug-ins allowing for flexible and
kinetic sonic possibilities.
Use|Audio demonstrate the power of their new
We talked about the new Plugiator – which is sort of born out of the
demise of CreamWare in our pre-NAMM podcast. The MiniMax and ASB synths of old were
considered to be pretty hot stuff, so now that there’s a new unit on the
scene that ships with four synths as standard (only one at a time folks) and
a further four available as a purchased add-on it’s not a bad looking system for the
We also learn that there are other synths in development that can also be loaded
onto the Plugiator. Presumably, this is still up to a maximum of 8 at any one
Most hardware synth modules are fixed-architecture — providing one fixed
sound engine and presets — however, the Plugiator allows for different synthesis
architectures in one chassis, expanding the sonic possibilities and sound
And while sample players only play back recordings of different instruments,
the Plugiator emulates and models the actual instruments themselves. You can
also access and tweak all sound parameters of the model for creating new
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 â€“
allowing you to store up to 800 different sounds within the unit.
The Plugiator comes loaded with four synth plug-ins:
the Minimax, a Moog-kind emulation
the Lightwave, a wavetable
the Vocodizer, a vocoder
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. No need to download and install sound banks: actually
listen to new sounds from the internet instantly.
The Plugiator’s interface contains eight encoder knobs — allowing you to
tweak major sound parameters while playing — and ten quick pads let you
quickly store and recall your favorite plug-in/preset
Thanks to its modular design, the Plugiator can load different synthesis
plug-ins with different synthesis architectures - enabling a wide field of sound
Each Plugiator / Plugiator ASX
comes loaded with these four great plug-ins:
MiniMax is the highly acclaimed replica of the famous
legend. Incredibly fat and responsive sound, intuitive control... tweaking
its knobs is pure fun, a real performance synth!
FifthOctave OuahBass TranceHook InDaHouse MaxDrums
While the oscillators of the LightWave
are based on wavetables, the aftermath is virtual analog - giving you wide
control of the sound. From complex pads to powerful leads, LightWave
offers a vast range of sonic possibilities.
SuperSweep WarmPad PolyGlide Filtage KingOfSnake
The B4000 turns your keyboard into the Queen of
Organs. The genuine sound of a real living electromechanical 400 pound
monster. Lively, authentic, emotional...
ShapeOfMail JimmyToKeith OrangeMan JBindaHauz TKnopf
(free registration bonus)
That's what the microphone input of the
Plugiator is for :) Plug in your microphone and modulate sounds with
our voice ...
Already the above factory selection of plug-ins
means a whole lot of fun. But as you can never have enough fun really, there are
more optional plug-ins available which you can purchase from our online store
(integrated into the Plug-in Manager Software, single plug-ins and bundle
package available) or from your dealer (bundle package only).
At the moment, the following further plug-ins are
available to further upgrade your Plugiator or Plugiator ASX:
Prodyssey (optional at 39 USD)
is modeled after the historic counterpart and rival of the Minimax.
Featuring a distinctively different character, more control possibilites
and an amazingly intuitive interface, the Prodyssey is still as exciting
today as it was "in the days"...
AboveTheClouds Duke TwistingKnobs
Pro-12 (optional at 39 USD)
polyphonic and programmable synth to become popular also became an instant
legend. The Pro-12 has all of its smooth analog sound and plenty of
presets which were heard everywhere throughout the 80ies...
5Leads Pad Fanfare
FMagia (optional at 39 USD)
A new synth creation and a journey into
great sounding FM synthesis. Thanks to its easy-to-use interface, sound
design for FM is more fun than ever before.
Digipiano ParadiseBells MansionClock TwistingOperator
Drums'n'Bass (optional at 39 USD)
Coming soon.... an amazing analog drum
machine sounds with bass section - turns your Plugiator into a groovy beat