Percussa has launched a new kickstarter project for the Percussa micro Super Signal Processor (mSSP) Eurorack module.
It’s the result of interaction with the Eurorack community since the launch of the Percussa Engine and Synthor System 8 at the Winter NAMM 2017 show in Anaheim, CA. The mSSP is the smaller, lower cost but equally powerful version of the successful Percussa SSP eurorack module which was funded on Kickstarter in September 2017 and which was delivered in June 2018.
The mSSP comes with the same quad-core ARM cortex A17 processor @ 1.8GHz as the SSP, one of the fastest ARM processors available, and high end AKM audio converters offering 8 in / 4 out @192kHz 32-bit.
The mSSP will be shipped with 50 modular synthesis patches offering polyphonic wavetable, granular, sampling and traditional synthesis techniques, multi-channel audio processing and much more, all in only 26HP of rack space and for only $549.
Backers will be involved in the selection of the patches for the mSSP. Of the 50 patches that will be delivered with the mSSP, half of them will be suggested and voted on by the backers with the other half decided on by Percussa.
The main differences between the mSSP and the SSP are the following:
- the mSSP has 8 in/4 out whereas the SSP has 16 in/ 8 outs
- the mSSP does not have a USB device port for audio streaming to PC/Mac
- the mSSP has a smaller display than the SSP
- the mSSP doesn’t have an SD card slot, but users can connect a USB flash drive (not included) to load and save patches/presets
- the mSSP has less pushbuttons: 8 instead of 18
- the mSSP has 4GB of internal flash, while the SSP has 16GB
- the mSSP doesn’t offer the multichannel direct to disk recorder available on the SSP
- the mSSP does not have a 2D internal patching system as is the case on the SSP, but still offers flexibility to make changes to the pre-loaded patches through changing, storing and recall parameter settings and offering the ability to re-route patch signals via toggle settings.
In terms of connectivity, the mSSP will offer 2 USB host ports supporting MIDI (MPE) controllers and USB flash drives. Storage wise the mSSP comes with 2GB of internal RAM and 4GB of internal flash, which is especially useful for loading large WAV files into patch modules.
The mSSP will run the same DSP software as the SSP, offering more than 25 built-in modules such as wavetable oscillators, granulars, samplers, filters and effects. Patches shipped with the mSSP will use a combination of these modules.
Users will have the flexibility to develop and load VST plugins compiled for Linux/ARM, switch pre-made patches on the fly, change routing of patch signals using toggles, and change, store and recall parameters. Since the mSSP comes with a smaller display than the SSP, the user interface of the software will be redesigned for the mSSP.
In terms of patch, preset and file storage, the user is only limited by the size of the USB flash drive. The mSSP supports loading synthesis patches created on the SSP by Percussa or the SSP community.
The mSSP kickstarter project offers an early bird pledge, a normal production unit pledge, special low serial number pledges, and an mSSP patron pledge for those who want a custom patch with their mSSP.
More information: Percussa