Have you ever craved the ability to use software plug-ins or MaxMSP patches on stage — without the bother of a computer?
We’re spoiled for choice with plug-in instruments and effects, but there aren’t many options for using them on stage without a computer and interface. One of the handful of devices (see the Alternatives box) that makes this possible is the Mod Duo, which Mod Devices’ CEO and founder Gianfranco Ceccolini created for the best of reasons — he wanted one himself!
The Mod Duo is a little different from the longer-established Muse Research Receptor, because rather than supporting the VST or AU platforms, it runs Linux LV2 plug-ins, as well as plug-ins programmed in MaxMSP, Pure Data or Faust. The programming side of things obviously opens up a million possibilities if you’re into that kind of thing, but for those who want to plug and play, why choose LV2 rather than VST or AU? Well, LV2 is an open-source platform, and there are already many plug-ins available free of charge. At the time of writing, the manual currently lists 14 different developers who make plug-ins compatible with the Mod Duo, but this list is expected to grow, and Mod Devices tell me that a commercial store for third-party developers should be online by the time you read this review.
The Mod Duo is a stereo/dual-channel device that can accept...
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