SM Pro Audio has begun shipping the V-Machine standalone VST player (Mac/Win; $599) in the United States. The V-Machine is a compact VST/VSTi hardware playback module that lets you access plug-ins directly—without a computer.
You can load multiple plug-ins into the V-Machine's bank/preset memories for immediate access, as well as combine them into chains, splits, and layers. Full external MIDI controller support allows you to access the available loaded plug-in parameter controls, such as virtual dials, switches, and faders.
Load your VST/VSTi plug-ins on your computer for auditioning, sound-set creation, and bank/preset memory assignment prior to transferring to the V-Machine for standalone use. According to the manufacturer, transferring plug-ins to the V-Machine via USB transfer takes care of all required user data and program memories; once in the main unit, you will have instant access to all instrument and effects for the stage or studio.
The V-Machine's sturdy metal chassis houses a number of connections and is designed to withstand the rigors of the road. The unit has stereo inputs and outputs; a headphone output with dedicated volume control; a MIDI In jack; three USB connections for supporting computer transfers of VST applications, streaming of sample content from external hard drives, connection of USB controllers, and copy protection dongles.
The The V-Machine ships with control configuration software (Mac/Win), IK Multimedia Sample Tank SE, and a set of sound samples. For more information, please visit smproaudio.com.