The UniWire system from Muse uses regular network cable to provide Audio and MIDI networking technology for their Receptor hardware plug-in player. What this means is that you can have one or more Receptors available to off-load processor hungry instruments and effects from you main DAW application. All you need is a Receptor and the UniWire plug-in (available for both Mac and PC). Itâ€™s kind of like having a huge shot of extra DSP available â€“ but as itâ€™s on the network, more than one unit can be hooked up to increase power when you need it. We shot an impressive demo at Winter NAMM that illustrates itâ€™s capabilities and Muse themselves have a series of tutorials on their website which illustrate setting up UniWire with various DAWs.
UniWire is compatible with most VST host computer audio programs, and the AU and RTAS versions of the UniWire plug-in are in development and should be released soon. Version 1.5 software with UniWire is a free download for all customers and is pre-installed on all new Receptors. With UniWire installed, you can run 32-channels of audio between your computer and your Receptor using a standard 100baseT Ethernet network connection, as well as providing each plug-in its own MIDI port (up to 73 ports of 16 MIDI channels each). Additionally, Receptorâ€™s Remote control software lets you view and control Receptorâ€™s graphical user interface over Ethernet using your host computer, allowing your Receptors to be remotely located yet completely controllable and integrated with your host computer.
The UniWire plug-in will transfer the audio or MIDI data over to Receptor where it is processed or created, and the audio results are sent back over Ethernet and delivered just as if it were a native plug-in running inside your computer. Since most audio / MIDI sequencers provide automatic plug-in delay compensation, the audio results will come back in perfect sync with the rest of your project. Itâ€™s as if your computer just got remarkably more powerful just by installing UniWire and connecting a Receptor.
Need more power? Add more Receptors
High-end Digital Audio Workstations use the concept of processing â€œfarmsâ€� to increase their computational capabilities. Now with UniWire, you can connect multiple Receptors to your host computer and divide the processing tasks among multiple Receptors while maintaining central control over them all. And UniWire is completely network aware, meaning that you have access to all Receptors throughout a production facility, allowing you to access any units that are idle.
Of course, each Receptor is still an entirely independent, stand-alone plug-in player, therefore it can be used locally either with the front panel controls, a local mouse, keyboard, and monitor, or using a local computer connected to Receptor over Ethernet. And of course, once the project is complete, Receptor is ready to go on the road or onto the scoring stage since it is ideal for running plug-ins live.
The update is free of charge to all registered Receptor users.