Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: "What does <not hardware with a
VSTi interface> mean?"
A: - Let's say that you have an analog
synth and a midi-CV controller. If somebody writes a VSTi that sends
commands to your midi-CV controller, you have "hardware with a vsti
controller". Your analog synth behaves exactly like from a panel but
with a remote control on your monitor. This is NOT this case!
- Here you have analog sub-systems
(the important ones, like osc and filter) and a control system that
controls them in a strange way, to get what it needs. Then you have
a VSTi. It makes that controlling, uses these data, generates the
optional digital part, combines both and generates polyphonic,
velocity sensitive, hybrid sounds. If you want more analog parts,
you can add them. I.e.: tube drive unit is on the way.
Q: "Why didn't you do it with USB?"
A: Because it would have been a lot
expensive. This thing has been designed to be low-budget, while
using best components and solutions. Why design an audio-midi card
and put it inside the box? You can buy very good converters (if you
want) and use them for everything else, too! And you won't have
Q: "How much does it cost?"
A: About €350, depending on the
configuration. New VSTs and VSTis will be free.
Q: "Can be expanded?"
A: Yes. The next modules will be "Tube
drive unit" and "State variable filters". "Real tonewheels" unit is
at a more experimental stage and will be available if satisfying.
More: there are pre-filter and post-filter insert paths, for
hardware. There is an audio example with hardware overdrive in it.
Q: "Can you show me how <xyz>
sounds? (i.e. envelopes, pulse width mod, etc.)"
A: I'm trying to get "extreme" sounds
in the audio demos that you find here. If you want to hear something
special (or compare it with another synth), please record a midi
file and send it, I'll upload the resulting audio file.
Q: "Which platform do you support?"
A: It is for Windows.