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Muse Research Shipping New RECEPTOR QU4TTRO And TRIO Plug-In Players

Designed for demanding studio and live applications

By PSW Staff March 29, 2013

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Muse Research has announced the availability of RECEPTOR QU4TTRO and RECEPTOR TRIO, the latest additions to its line of dedicated hardware plug-in players.

RECEPTOR QU4TTRO is designed for demanding studio applications, film and TV composers, and touring bands wishing to simultaneously process keyboards, guitars, and/or vocals.

It is powered by a fastest-in-class 3.9 GHz (peak) Quad-Core Intel processor and is equipped with 16 GB of RAM and a voluminous 2TB 7200 RPM hard drive (or optional 256 GB or 512 GB SSD) to run even the most demanding virtual instruments and effects with ease.

RECEPTOR TRIO is a cost-effective unit suited to touring and studio applications, as well as higher-end project studios, with ample power to run many plug-ins at once. It also includes a Quad-Core Intel processor that is only slightly slower than the one in QU4TTRO—8GB RAM and a 1TB 7200 RPM hard drive (or optional 256 GB or 512 GB SSD).

Both models incorporate TetraCore, proprietary software threading and load balancing technology that prioritizes musical tasks over all others and optimizes available processing resources to extract maximum performance from those four CPU cores. In turn, this lets the system run more demanding plug-ins at lower latencies than unoptimized platforms, and makes RECEPTOR QU4TTRO and RECEPTOR TRIO feel much more like a real hardware instrument or effects processor as a result.

Supporting the new TetraCore processing engine is a new and improved 64-bit operating system with Intellibridge technology to provide simultaneous support for 32- and 64-bit plug-ins. Users can comfortably run large, multi-gigabyte sample libraries that occupy more than 4 GB of RAM while still running 32-bit plug-ins at the same time.

The extra RAM also supports LIVE MODE, a proprietary performance feature for pre-loading virtual set lists (up to the limits of the available RAM) and moving instantly from preset to preset.

RECEPTOR QU4TTRO and RECEPTOR TRIO users have an abundance of stellar sounds to use with LIVE MODE since each model comes with over $900 (USD) of software plug-ins, including Native Instrument KOMPLETE 9 and KOMPLETE 9 ULTIMATE. There are also dozens of other third-party plug-ins pre-installed in demo mode.

Also bundled is PreSonus AudioBox 1818VSL 24-bit/96 kHz USB 2.0 recording interface, a pairing that provides eight analog inputs and outputs, eight ADAT optical digital inputs and outputs, a stereo S/PDIF digital input and output, and digital word clock output for integration with other digital audio devices. This 18- channel I/O count allows users to send individual instruments to their own dedicated outputs, process multiple independent streams of audio, or simultaneously process guitars, vocals, basses, and other instruments while generating sounds using virtual instruments.

The Muse Research RECEPTOR product line is available through select music retailers in the U.S. and Canada, as well as through music equipment distributors worldwide. The Muse Research dealer network from within the U.S. offers the products at the minimum advertised prices of $1,699 USD (RECEPTOR VIP), $2,499 USD (RECEPTOR TRIO), and $2,999 USD (RECEPTOR QU4TTRO). International distributors set their own pricing for their respective territories.

If there is no stocking retailer in a particular area, a RECEPTOR can be configured to specifications and purchased via the website (, which also offers virtual instruments and effects packages for use with RECEPTOR starting at $29.99 USD.


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