Percussa is set to return to the SUPERBOOTH show in Berlin, May 12-14 2022, to present a major software update for the Percussa Super Signal Processor (SSP) Eurorack module.
Percussa has been working on a software update for the SSP since its last participation in the show in 2019, featuring a complete graphics rewrite, leveraging the previously unused GPU processor on the SSP, for accelerated 2D and 3D graphics. Additionally, the SSP’s plugin SDK has been updated to enable plugin developers to use the GPU as well for 2D or 3D graphics via OpenGL(ES).
Graphics acceleration on the SSP and GPU support in the plugin SDK were stretch goals which were not reached during the successfully funded Percussa SSP kickstarter campaign back in 2017. With this update, users will receive the features planned in these stretch goals, and the benefits of accelerated graphics and increased DSP power.
In addition to increased DSP power, audio processing optimizations, and accelerated graphics, the update features countless bug fixes and improved memory management, and comes with a new “3D wave scanning” oscillator, developed by Percussa, featuring GPU powered raytraced 3D graphics.
Since the last SUPERBOOTH show, Percussa has released several incremental updates and fixes for the SSP software, enabling 24-channel USB audio support, improving MIDI MPE support as well as improvements to the step sequencer, sampler and direct to disk recorder.
In addition to the new software update, open source developer and SSP power user @thetechnobear (Mark Harris) is releasing over 10 new plugins for the Percussa SSP, and will be demoing these daily at the Percussa SSP table at the SUPERBOOTH show. Mark has also started contributing recently to the main SSP application software, in addition to his plugin contributions, which include countless modules such as a performance mixer, matrix switchers and mixers, sample and hold modules, utility modules, and ports of open source modules such as Clouds, Rings and Plaits.
More information about @thetechnobear’s work can be found at https://forum.percussa.com/t/thetechnobears-vsts-development/941/. Including @thetechnobear’s plugins, the SSP now offers more than 50 modules in total.
The new software update is currently in BETA with the release version to be made publicly available by the end of June. The update will be available via the Percussa forum.
Percussa has also opened up pre-orders for the next production batch of SSPs. The SSP can be ordered via your favorite eurorack dealer, or on Percussa’s website.