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.08.2011 @ 4:44 PM
@Chris Randall

I dunno if you've divulged this info before but what modules are you packing in your Eurorack at the moment?

I know about the Rene sequencer in there but I'm wondering about the rest.

Apr.08.2011 @ 6:06 PM
Chris Randall
I've got Ren?, Intellijel uStep, Synth Tech Cloud Generator and Resampling Mini-Delay (those two are on loan, not mine), Tip Top Z3000, and Doepfer A-106-5, A-143-2, A-143-3, A-132-3, A-138, and A-190-2.

About to add adm01 and adm02. ;-)

Once I give the Synth Tech stuff back, I'll have 2/3 of a row free, so open to ideas. Adam has a mostly similar rack. We bought them for development, not music making. If I was going to put together one to meet my own needs, it would be, needless to say, significantly different.


Apr.08.2011 @ 6:49 PM
Adam Schabtach
I'll also admit that I went somewhat overboard on the modulation sources when we put together our reference systems. I was thinking a bit too hard about my own use of my own modular and how I never seem to have quite enough LFOs.


Apr.12.2011 @ 2:39 PM
D' MacKinnon
Impressive. Most impressive.
Not that I can afford to start building a rack anytime soon but it's fun to read about.

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