Muse Research Intros Receptor VIP2 Hardware Plugin Host


Muse Research and Development, makers of the Receptor line of hardware plug-in players, have introduced a new entry-level model, called the VIP2.

The VIP 2 features a 3.3GHz dual-core processor, 8GB of RAM (expandable to 16GB), and built-in compatibility with the PreSonus AudioBox 1818VSL audio interface.

Here are the details:

The new Receptor VIP2 features a dual-core Intel 3.3GHz processor with ‘massive’ amounts of L3 cache, for superior performance when running virtual instruments and effects. The Receptor VIP2 can run demanding plug-ins like Synthogy’s Ivory 2 at the lowest latency settings and still achieve high polyphony.

The VIP2 comes with 8GB of system RAM, expandable up to 16GB. The VIP2 also preserves your RAM thanks to its small memory footprint. Receptors use only 5% of the available system RAM for the OS and host app, compared to 40% used by the system in a typical computer. The result is that the VIP2 preserves over 90% of the installed memory for your musical purposes, letting you successfully manage huge sample libraries when compared to a laptop computer.

The large amount of RAM also lets you load multiple plug-ins into memory for instant access thanks to the “Live Mode” feature found in all new Receptors. This, coupled with the 1TB, 7200RPM hard drive, ensures that the VIP2 gets your data off the drive and through the sound engine at minimal latency.

The Receptor VIP2 has full-size line-level inputs and outputs for connection to mixers, amps, or other audio gear. For improved audio performance, you can connect a PreSonus AudioBox 1818VSL interface. This will give you 8 analog and 8 ADAT digital optical inputs and outputs, as well as S/PDIF stereo I/O for a total of 18 ins and outs. The inputs can accept microphones, guitars, basses, or other keyboards letting your Receptor VIP2 become a central hub for mixing, processing, and generating all your sounds.

With over $900 of virtual sounds and effects, the VIP2 provides hundreds of pianos, synths, organs and acoustic instrument presets to choose from.

Pricing and Availability:

The Receptor VIP2 will be shipping in early April with a US MAP price of $1699 without the PreSonus interface, or $2099 including the PreSonus interface. Options include a 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB Solid State Drives, as well as an additional 8GB of RAM to increase the system RAM to 16GB.

See the Muse Research site for details.

4 thoughts on “Muse Research Intros Receptor VIP2 Hardware Plugin Host

  1. Whatever happened the Musebox they were making with Peavey? I thought that was superposed to be their entry level product. I’m a drummer and would love to have something like this loaded with great VST samples like Grange and get zero latency.

  2. If Muse Research made a fireWire option with the possibility of realtime processing could they kill the Universal Audio Apollo series!

  3. I have been looking into this much lately. You have the UA Apollo and Waves Grid which are good solutions but they seem limited and you get tied in to a product line, if the company changes or goes down so does your setup and investment in that, rather than your using your own tested open workflow. So I got looking at these MOTU AVB sound interfaces. And I got to thinking that it would be a better solution be to run 3 X macs with a MOTU AVB card. 1 mac is doing the input control and final mix – plus any aux processing if needed, 1 mac is your sound sources and 1 mac is your effects, each having, i think, 48 channels to route anywhere on that network with a few ms latency – it would be like your own UA apollo setup or Waves Grid but be completely open to any software or hardware integration. I need to see a real-world setup of a MOTU network working and see how it stacks up – but it seems that would be a great powerful open setup of unlimited expandable DSP.

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