Muse Research and Development is debuting a new Receptor called Receptor VIP (Virtual Instrument Player).
Receptor VIP makes use of a new user-interface inspired by the MuseBox, and includes a simple front panel hardware interface to find and manipulate your virtual instrument and effects presets. Sporting a new 2U rack-mount design, this product is suited for customers who need more power and channels than a MuseBox. The Receptor VIP is designed to provide a lower-cost alternative to the Receptor 2+ Pro and Pro Max models. The Receptor VIP model will replace the existing base model Receptor 2+, and will ship in March, 2012, with a MAP price of $1599.
The Receptor VIP is a new design. It features stereo inputs and outputs on the rear panel, a MIDI input, a footswitch input for incrementing or decrementing through presets, as well as front-panel guitar and microphone inputs (with phantom power). The front panel volume control and headphone output round out the I/O, letting you listen in private.
The front panel hardware interface is new, featuring backlit buttons for selecting presets and changing channels, as well as a backlit blue 2-line LCD. The "PLAY" mode of Receptor VIP lets you browse factory presets with the turn of a knob, and calling up presets is done by pushing a button.
Like all Receptors, the Receptor VIP features a dual-core processor with 4GB of high speed RAM and a 1TB hard drive.
Receptor VIP features Dongle Garage, a place to keep your iLok dongle safe during transport but accessible for adding licenses.
Tying the new hardware together is a software platform called Muse OS2.0. Muse OS2.0 provides the VST hosting benefits of previous Receptors, but adds new user interface features. For example, MuseOS 2.0 features the SoundFinder feature for navigating through the factory presets. Additionally, the graphic user interface features a drag-and-drop interface for creating your own sounds, letting you run up to 16-instruments or effects at one time. Also new to MuseOS 2.0 is MIDI Learn functionality, designed to let you marry your Receptor to your controller keyboard or MIDI guitar foot pedal. The stereo mix channel with configurable effects is designed to make this a device "suitable for any performance situation."
Unlike a computer, Receptor VIP has virtual instruments and effects built in with presets. Receptor VIP comes with MusePlayer by Universons pre-installed, as well as virtual instruments and effects from Camel Audio, Applied Acoustics, ForeFront, WaveArts, MuVoice Technologies, and others. Also installed in demo mode on Receptor VIP are various virtual instruments and effects that you can try in a demo period before purchasing.
Finally, you'll have the Native Instruments Komplete 8 collection and the IK Multimedia Total Workstation Bundle pre-installed in demo mode and ready to authorize.
Pricing & Availability:
Receptor VIP will ship in March 2012 and will have a US MAP price of $1599.