NuDSP has released a pre-alpha version of Mod271, a modular synthesis environment with an intuitive interface.

Mod271 pronounced as “Mode” (the 271 being a play on Euler’s constant) is really a DSP playground with unified audio/MIDI support and functionally is supposed to exist somewhere in between Reaktor, reacTable and Reason (although this isn’t the case quite yet).

NuDSP Mod271

NuDSP Mod271 – reacTable anyone?

The idea is for Mod271 to become a total modular environment where you can easily make performances just as easy as a synthesizer or effect.

Here’s what Mod271 looks like at the moment:

  • ASIO/MIDI support
  • Built with portability in mind, a mac/linux version shouldn’t be terribly difficult.
  • Everything is a full audio-rate signal which means you can do DSP type stuff to say a MIDI stream.
  • There is a VSTi version in the works but it is still pretty unusable in a general case.
  • Every node can be automated with unlimited control points and automation takes place right in the 3D environment.
  • Nodes can influence any amount of other nodes or switched into a singular state.
  • All signals are drawn at audio rate and with full hardware acceleration, although this can be disabled.
  • The entire environment is rendered in 3D.
  • Radial and linear influence modes are supported for every node.
  • All envelopes and motion are completely sample accurate, meaning you can make an oscillator out of an envelope.
  • Over 25 node types, of course this is going to grow.
  • Python node type that will allow easy extensions.
  • and most importantly it’s fun!

So currently Mod271 is only available as a Windows stand-alone application. A Mac OSX build is to follow soon, and eventually it should become available as a VSTi plug-in.

Visit NuDSP for more information and a link to download the latest version of Mod271 (since the current release is pre-alpha you are encouraged to report any bugs).