Percussa has announced Modulor for AudioCubes, a software application that lets you host your software instruments (VST or AU) and quickly develop musical ideas.
The Modulor software and AudioCubes hardware work with your existing MIDI controller and professional sound interface (ASIO or CoreAudio), and becomes the center of the music-making and improvisation process, where MIDI information is recorded, looped, routed and processed, driving a rack of your software instruments.
Loops can be easily assembled by putting their physical representations together; multiple instrument parameters can be controlled directly by hand gestures, sensed by fast and accurate optical technology; and high-intensity full-color RGB LED lighting can be used for color-coding recordings and MIDI effects.
In Modulor, bringing a loop into the mix is a matter of placing an AudioCube in the network. Taking a loop out is done by removing a cube. Putting together various loops to build up musical ideas is a matter of putting cubes physically together. You can easily explore how the parts you recorded can be combined to create many unique musical ideas using the AudioCubes hands-on hardware interface. Assign colors to cubes to help you remember which part of the music goes where. Map colors to keys you''ve used while recording the loops so you know you''ll always be in key when you bring cubes of the same color together.
AudioCubes hardware connects directly with Modulor without needing drivers. The high-speed USB connection with custom protocol delivers message through its 1kHz update rate and 10-bit resolution. The way the hardware and software integrate is identical on Mac and Windows, and plugging and unplugging hardware while the software is running is no problem, requiring no software or system restart.
AudioCubes sensors can be mapped to software instrument parameters in Modulor—up to four per cube—which gives you access to a 4-dimensional parameter space.
The company recommends using Modulor with four or more AudioCubes, and has introduced a 6- and 8-AudioCube set simultaneously with the release of Modulor. These new AudioCube packages offer a significant discount over buying multiple sets of AudioCubes.
AudioCubes 6-cube set is available for an SRP of $1,599; the 8-cube set is $1,999.
Modulor is available as a free download from the company's Website.