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 @ 8:32 AM
Trying to make a little sense of this without wading through the huge thread at Muffs...
So you plug in your iPad or laptop via USB? And, for example, I can run my Euro VCO into the input jack(s) of this thingy, it sends it to my Dr. Device VST in Ableton via USB, back out of Ableton into this thing via USB, and outputs to, say, my VCA?
Or it takes envelopes from Tattoo and turns them into CV with its outputs?
Does this thing use Silent Way/Volta, or does it negate the need for Silent Way/Volta?

In any case, neat.

Apr.06.2011 @ 8:45 AM
Jason Duerr
I manufacture electronics for a living, and my sales manager lives on PHX. Too bad I missed helping this project.

Congrats, and hopefully we can see this demo at the next Trash Audio synth meet.

Apr.06.2011 @ 9:06 AM
A super portable rig with just a eurorack modular and an iPad... Great idea!

Apr.06.2011 @ 9:31 AM
Congratulations with you guys reaching the next phase of AD taking over the world of music making :)

Apr.06.2011 @ 9:41 AM
Chris Randall
You've got questions? I've got (some) answers. In order, and two parts:

@Peppe: the chipset on this is 2-in, 2-out. The only feature on the chip we're not using is SPDIF. We thought about it, but couldn't come up with a reason to break out the SPDIF that warranted going up to 8HP. So it's pretty much as-is.

@xmodz: One thing at a time. In an ideal world, that would be the case, but that ideal world is a long way off. It took us 3 years to have any plug-in products aside from a couple delays. All things in moderation.

@darklordjames: We are making a concerted effort to source as many individual parts from the US as possible, but some things just aren't made here. That said, the PCB, the fabrication, the panel metalwork, a large percentage of the parts, and the assembly will all be done in the USA. So it's as "made in the USA" as anything can be in this modern era. (Interestingly, we get a bit of a tax incentive for making things in Arizona, so the fab and final assembly will be done here in the greater Tempe/Mesa Metroplex.)

@Jan: Let me ponder that. I'll drop you a line if we need someone.

@Trackdriver: These will only be sold as completed pre-built modules. They are almost all surface mount; very difficult for a hobbyist to build. I couldn't make one, and I'm pretty skilled at that sort of thing. It takes a special kind of crazy person (e.g. Adam) to build SMT kits. Some of the parts on this are so small I can barely see them. When I saw the resistors for the first time, I was like "you gotta be shitting me..." I'd sneeze while I was building it and lose $50 worth of parts.


Apr.06.2011 @ 9:44 AM
Chris Randall
@MrBiggs: Think of it this way: it's like like any other simple stereo audio interface, and can be used however you use those. It just has 3.5mm jacks instead of 1/4", and has a Euro-rack faceplate instead of a cheap plastic box. It has one feature specific to Euro-Land: the DC-coupled outputs. In that manner, it can be used with Silent Way and/or Volta, to do some CV stuff.


Apr.06.2011 @ 10:14 AM
ok thanks Chris. My thought was that if it's just for iPad audio, one could just use audio jacks from the headphone output. No USB necessary. I use my iPhone like that with my modular quite often, sometimes with Naughty Panther apps. If the CV is for use with computer (volta etc), that part makes more sense to me.

Apr.06.2011 @ 10:21 AM
Chris Randall
A crafty developer could make an iPad app using CV output. Nothing preventing it. Os has done that for the iPhone.


Apr.06.2011 @ 10:49 AM
Exciting stuff!

Did you guys (Adam and Chris) do the hardware design yourselves?

Apr.06.2011 @ 10:51 AM
Chris Randall
We added some Experience to the party. I'll just say that it's more than just Adam and I. adm01 is Adam's design for the most part, though.


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