At Superbooth 2019, Steinberg & Mind Music Labs were showcasing their Retrologue hardware synth prototype at the Yamaha booth.
We talked with Dom Sigalas, who demonstrated the Retrologue prototype and discussed some of the capabilities that ELK Music OS offers.
The Retrologue hardware synth is a project that demonstrates the capabilities of Mind Music Labs’ new ELK Music OS, which makes it easy to port VSTs and Rack Extensions to standalone hardware. The hardware synth is based on Steinberg’s Retrologue VST running on ELK.
ELK is is an OS that’s specifically for running audio software and offers built-in I/O support, which makes streamlines building both new audio devices and synths and effects based on VSTs or Rack Extensions. It also introduces new possibilities for musicians, like sharing patches across hardware and software versions of a synth, the ability to update your synth with new instruments, the ability to use your synth as a dedicated VST controller and more.
Here’s an overview of the platform from Mind Music Labs’ Matt Ward:
At this point, no details for pricing and availability have been announced yet for the Retrologue hardware synth.