San Jose, CA (April 29, 2015)—Muse Research and Development has added a new entry-level model, the VIP2, to its Receptor line of hardware plug-in players.
The new configuration features a 3.3 GHz dual-core processor, 8 GB of RAM (expandable to 16 GB), and built-in compatibility with the PreSonus AudioBox 1818VSL audio interface (which the VIP2 can be ordered with for an additional amount). The unit comes with more than $900 of pre-installed plug-ins to get users started in the world of virtual instruments and effects.
The new Receptor VIP2 features a dual-core Intel 3.3GHz processor with a large L3 cache for solid performance when running virtual instruments and effects. As a result, the Receptor VIP2 can run VST plug-ins from companies like Synthogy, Native Instruments, Spectrasonics, Toontrack, IK Multimedia, U-He, Rob Papen, and hundreds of others with power to spare.
While the VIP2 has 8 GB of system RAM, expandable up to 16 GB, it also preserves RAM thanks to its small memory footprint. Receptors use 5 percent of the available system RAM for the OS and host app, compared to 40 percent used by the system in a typical computer. The result is that the VIP2 preserves more than 90 percent of the installed memory for users’ musical purposes. The large amount of RAM also lets users load multiple plug-ins into memory for instant access due to the exclusive "Live Mode" feature found in all new Receptors. The amount of RAM, coupled with the 1TB, 7200RPM hard drive aims to ensure that the VIP2 gets data off the drive and through the sound engine at minimal latency.
Besides a full-size MIDI jack and multiple USB ports for connecting keyboards, the Receptor VIP2 has full-size line-level inputs and outputs for connection to mixers, amps, or other audio gear.