April 6, 2011

adm02 - 2io...

by Chris Randall

Since the intrepid sleuths over at the Muff Wiggler forum essentially deduced what it is, and in order to at least have the facade of a certain amount of control over the information, we've gone ahead and released the highlights. That being the case, there's no harm in doing a "coming soon" kind of thing.

As most of you have figured out by this juncture, Audio Damage is about to wade hip-deep in to the Euro Rack modular market. The reason for this is that we wanted to start releasing hardware as the next logical step in the progression of the company, and the infrastructure provided by the existing Euro-Rack market makes an entrance in to hardware releasing less risky than, say, making a Jupiter 80.

Anyhow, market-speak aside, we've designated a new catalog line, adm (which is obviously "Audio Damage Modular"), and the first product released will be adm02, the 2io module. This is a USB1.1 class-compliant audio interface with two inputs and two DC-coupled outputs. Its main claim to fame is that it will be fully compatible with the iPad, enabling you to use any CoreAudio-compliant iPad app in a Euro-Rack modular environment.

Next, our reasoning was that in a Euro live performance rig, you might want to use plug-ins as send effects, and this would enable you to use a netbook or whatever, and a simple ASIO host, and have low latency insert effects or audio sources with your modular. (We might have a plug-in or two to recommend in that context.)

And finally, with DC-coupled outputs it can work with Volta or Silent Way as a method of controlling a modular. With only two I/O, this isn't its prime directive, but it'll work in that context, should you need it to.

Here are some pictures of the prototype:

It is a 4HP module, and is just shy of 40mm deep. And that's about all the info I have at this time. When we have panel art and videos and more pictures and all that, I'll drop info bombs left and right.

A couple points. First, you'll note that this is adm02. Yes, there is an adm01. Due to this being somewhat easier to make, it is coming out first. Second, this shouldn't affect the software side of things. We're not giving up plug-ins to make hardware. We hope to develop the two side by side, with a mind to eventual complete integration (and independence.) And finally, we don't know the price yet, nor the availability date.


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Apr.06.2011 @ 1:50 AM
very cool. slick. i'm sure there are lot's of people figuring out how to use this already.

i hope you are prepared for "20 questions" over at muff's... even though you've revealed your load.. much discussion is certainly to take place as is the way of eurocrackheads.

Apr.06.2011 @ 1:52 AM
Damn. How about building one with a possibility to expand it later by adding usb-less modules?

I think I want one, just in case. I'm currently using Silent Way with my MOTU 24i/o (the best use for that ever) and custom cables, but I'm going to need a smaller interface for my laptop.

(How about building a chassis for one module too?)

Apr.06.2011 @ 2:06 AM
Does this mean, in the future, someone might be able to have an entire rack of just AD modules from OSC to AMP and everything in between? Or are you just planning to release a very limited number of badass modules like this?

Apr.06.2011 @ 2:46 AM
Is just the prototype Made in the USA, as labeled, or are all of them going to be US product?

Apr.06.2011 @ 3:19 AM
Jan Czmok

if you need an experienced beta tester or manual writer, i'm in. Did that for multiple projects including tiptop and elektron. Just contact me off-list :-)

Apr.06.2011 @ 4:04 AM
Not that I know if I ever will afford building a eurorack but I'm curious. Will your modules be pre-built, sold as kits or just the pcb and a bom list?

Apr.06.2011 @ 4:15 AM
Brilliant. Best of luck to you and Adam with your foray into hardware. I look forward to picking one of these up.

Apr.06.2011 @ 4:47 AM
Brilliant man, Strength to Strength... thats what you guys are going from and to

Apr.06.2011 @ 4:55 AM
I'm with boobs.

Apr.06.2011 @ 8:31 AM
Mike Nickel

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