From version 3.6.11, Steinberg’s VST plugin format will natively support the integration of the ELK MusicOS, allowing VST-based plug-ins to run seamlessly in Powered by ELK musical instruments and audio processors.

ELK is the first available embedded platform to officially support all plug-ins developed under VST 3 specification, allowing manufacturers to offer their customers access to an enormous range of VST instruments and processors

“We were very impressed by the performance and stability that the ELK Music Operating System has to offer. And this is the prominent reason that we decided for it to become the first platform for hardware musical instruments within the VST domain.” is how Yvan Grabit, senior developer and tech lead at Steinberg, presented this collaboration.

As a continuation of this official partnership Steinberg and MIND Music Labs joined forces by bringing a brand-new, co-developed desktop synth prototype to SUPERBOOTH19 in Berlin.

“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.” – Florian Haack, Senior Marketing Manager at Steinberg

“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. It’s really exciting to be empowering those users with ELK MusicOS.”Michele Benincaso CEO MIND Music Labs

The proof-of-concept Powered by ELK Retrologue 2 desktop synth prototype — running the full Retrologue 2 VST desktop version, successfully emulating the warmth and fatness of classic analog synthesizers — was showcased for all to see and hear in Steinberg-owner Yamaha’s booth at SUPERBOOTH19 in Berlin.


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