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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

VMachine hardware VST player - still useful in 2019?

Published on May 15, 2019 Floyd Steinberg

Don't miss the fan noise at 10:15. Update: I asked Floyd if the fan stays on and he replied: "Unfortunately, it's on all the time. In this video, the noise might seem a little louder than it is in reality, but it's loud enough to bei recognized in a studio environment."

"VMachine hardware VST player - still useful in 2019? Table of contents below! This is a small box running Linux and WINE (a Windows Emulator) which runs a VST host software. In this video, I'm playing some sounds of the preinstalled VST plugins and try to install my own plugins, with mixed success. Also: How to reset this to factory defaults when it isn't booting.

Table of contents:
00:00 demo song, sequenced with the ZOOM ARQ-96
02:02 introduction
02:48 overview
03:06 how to get the software
03:39 creating a bootable USB stick for OS reinstallation
04:18 playing some sounds (Messiah VA synth)
09:40 installing VST plugins using the "VFX" software
10:49 demo'ing the built-in analog noise generator ;-)
11:04 demo: "General Piano" free VST plugin
12:46 bla bla

Unofficial support page
Official Page
Messiah VST
General Piano
USB writer"

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  1. Unless you are recording ambiently, as with a church organ or traditional instruments, keyboards and modules are recorded by wire, so fan noise would not be an issue.

  2. This little box is a pain in the butt to set up, but once it is, it is absolutely awesome. I have acquired 3 of these and have upgraded the memory and flash storage in them. It is the most portable way to have a great sounding powerful B3 organ w/ leslie for your keyboard controller (GSi VB3), and that alone holds its worth for me. Add to that fact that it does Prophet and Oberheim synths very well (Messiah and OP-X vst's)...but even in 2019 (although it hasn't been mftrd in 8 years), there is nothing out there that does what this little box does for the price ($150 - $300). Currently working/experimenting with a new Soundforce SCF-5 controller connected to it to control the parameters on the Messiah vst.



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