Musikmesse 08: Play your plug-ins anywhere with V-Machines
Like Muse’s Receptor, SM Pro Audio’s V-Machines are designed to take your favourite VST plug-ins out of the computer and onto the road (or anywhere else you might fancy running them). Three new products are in the pipeline: the V-Box, the V-Rack and the V-Pedal.
Designed for keyboard players and DJs, the V-Box is the most compact of the three devices. This enables you to load multiple plug-ins into bank/preset memories for immediate access (you can also create plug-in chains) and supports the use of external MIDI controllers.
The V-Rack offers similar functionality to the V-Box but brings audio inputs and additional outputs to the party. This is more of a studio tool, and is designed to be used as an outboard effects unit, multiple output synth module or mastering device.
Finally, there’s the V-Pedal, a V-Machine for guitarists. This can host your favourite guitar amp and effect emulations (and other plug-ins, too) and features mic/line inputs, programmable stomp switches, rotary encoders, a TFT display, an expression pedal and more.
The V-Machines, which are powered by VFX technology, are Mac- and PC-compatible and connect to the computer over USB. Prices are still to be confirmed, but we’re told that all three models will be shipping in the fourth quarter of 2008.
Find out more at the SM Pro Audio website.