From the rumor mill, purveyor of fine VST synths and effects, Audio Damage, takes steps that are the first for them and quite possibly a first for the hardware world as well with their new Eurorack USB sound card.
Designed to be completely class compliant while it sits snugly aboard your Eurorack, you’ll have instant access for routing sounds between your modular, laptop and even devices like the iPad.
From Analog Industries:
Anyhow, market-speak aside, we’ve designated a new catalog line, adm (which is obviously “Audio Damage Modular”), and the first product released will be adm02, the 2io module. This is a USB1.1 class-compliant audio interface with two inputs and two DC-coupled outputs. Its main claim to fame is that it will be fully compatible with the iPad, enabling you to use any CoreAudio-compliant iPad app in a Euro-Rack modular environment.
Next, our reasoning was that in a Euro live performance rig, you might want to use plug-ins as send effects, and this would enable you to use a netbook or whatever, and a simple ASIO host, and have low latency insert effects or audio sources with your modular. (We might have a plug-in or two to recommend in that context.)
And finally, with DC-coupled outputs it can work with Volta or Silent Way as a method of controlling a modular. With only two I/O, this isn’t its prime directive, but it’ll work in that context, should you need it to.
It is a 4HP module, and is just shy of 40mm deep. And that’s about all the info I have at this time. We’re not giving up plug-ins to make hardware. We hope to develop the two side by side, with a mind to eventual complete integration (and independence.) And finally, we don’t know the price yet, nor the availability date.