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 @ 6:06 PM
Thank you for finally giving me a reason to buy an iPad.

Apr.06.2011 @ 6:10 PM
Computer Controlled
I've soldered my share of SMT parts for Flight of Harmony, i know how much of a PITA they can be. Those resistors ARE tiny as hell. They come on a role of paper, like those candy beads that you peel off. But, once you get hang of it, it gets easier.

Apr.06.2011 @ 7:50 PM
Adam Schabtach
SMT is certainly doable at the DIY/hobby level. There are some tools and techniques that one must acquire, but that's true of just about any DIY/hobby activity. Probably the biggest reason that we're not doing kits is that when it comes to documentation, packaging, and support, it's actually harder to do kits than to do finished products. (Ask Paul Schreiber of Synthesis Technology, who shut down the kit side of his MOTM line several years ago.) Given that we believe a majority of potential DIY customers would balk at the teeny SMDs we use, there's not much business sense in trying to make kit versions of these modules.


Apr.06.2011 @ 8:13 PM
exciting product chris, congratulations to both you and adam, your user base model seems salient as well, and it seems like i know a lot of people that will find this a great tool. brilliant way to break in on that market with a product need that has not been executed. onwards and upwards! :)

Apr.06.2011 @ 10:16 PM
The time has now come for me to jump into the Eurorack market... finally. The adm02 is the "killer app" that just pushed me over the edge.

BTW -- I hear Roland is looking for some good ideas. You guys available?

Apr.06.2011 @ 10:51 PM
I just watched about three or four disastrous Jupiter 80 demos from Germany. I'm going to assume y'all know the ones I mean. Looking to the right of the touch screen, we see sections labeled "value" and "reverb". I doubt "value" should be printed on a Jupiter 80, regardless of the context... but I digress. I'm a big fan of the SBF-325 Stereo Flanger. The big boy in that series was the Dimension D. Duh, winning! Roland could have scrapped the weak shit and included a dope, marketable effects section instead. Oddly enough, the JP-8080 has a simplified, yet effective, implementation of this very idea. Instead of letting UA get love for this branded stuff, Roland could have jammed all this classic shit into one killer section, with basic realtime control.

Why did I bring this up? Well... let's say I doubt I'd kick Fluid out of my Eurorack for eating crackers. Hey, it worked for the MXR lunchbox range!

Apr.07.2011 @ 10:09 AM
ecallender your second post looks (to me at least) like it could've been written by Mark V. Shaney...
link [en.wikipedia.or...]

Apr.07.2011 @ 10:24 AM
beauty pill
I am terrified of becoming an analog modular dude. I quite simply cannot afford it unless I drop something else in my life.

Like food.

I'm currently saving up for an FCS compressor and a pair of Cartec EQ's. This is the kind of shit I like. I like what I like.

I can't... can't.. CAN'T become a Eurorack dude. I can't!

When I think about the Eurorack scene, I become frightened of myself. Do you hear me? FRIGHTENED OF MYSELF!

- c

Apr.07.2011 @ 10:25 AM
beauty pill
(Translation: I'm tempted.)

- c

Apr.07.2011 @ 11:35 AM
I guess i have held off long enough. Time to give Shawn a call (the Tiptop stuff had me on the verge anyhow).

@CR - will end up being sold through Analogue Haven or will it be a direct sales deal?

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