One of the most exciting news on this Superbooth will probably be ELK Mind Music Labs. What they had already announced for some time, they have put into reality. They have transformed a software VST plugin, in this case, Steinberg Retrologue Synthesizer into a hardware synthesizer.
The company don’t say further information about the process and not whether he can do the same as the Retrologue 2 or not. If it’s a 1 to 1 port from the plugin to a hardware synth, it would be one of the most innovative products in the Synthesizer field, to be honest. Okay, there are a lot of virtual analog synths, but it would open the door for many new hardware synths and software brands can port their own soft synths to a real instrument. Imagine an Xfer Serum or U-he DIVA as hardware synth, that would be awesome. I’m looking forward to checking out for you this news at Superbooth 19 this week, stay tuned!
“Plug-ins and software synths have brought amazing power and flexibility to computer-based recording, but now musicians want to harness all that power without the computer; there are times when you want to twist real knobs, rather than wiggle a mouse.” So says MIND Music Labs CEO Michele Benincaso, before adding: “It’s really exciting to be empowering those users with ELK MusicOS.”
This sentiment is clearly shared by Florian Haack, Senior Marketing Manager at Steinberg: “We immediately saw the potential of ELK MusicOS, and that’s why we added it to the official VST SDK [Software Development Kit]. The development of the ‘Powered by ELK’ Retrologue 2 hardware prototype has further strengthened our belief that, with the help of ELK MusicOS, VST can become a standard for not only software, as it is today, but also for hardware.”
More information here: Mind Music Labs