"What does <not hardware with a VSTi interface>
- Let's say that you have an analog synth and a midi-CV
controller. If somebody writes a VSTi that sends commands
to your midi-CV controller, you have "hardware with
a vsti controller". Your analog synth behaves exactly
like from a panel but with a remote control on your
monitor. This is NOT this case!
Here you have analog sub-systems (the important ones,
like osc and filter) and a control system that controls
them in a strange way, to get what it needs. Then
you have a VSTi. It makes that controlling, uses these
data, generates the optional digital part, combines
both and generates polyphonic, velocity sensitive,
hybrid sounds. If you want more analog parts, you
can add them. I.e.: tube drive unit is on the way.
"Why didn't you do it with USB?"
Because it would have been a lot more expensive. RealThing
has been designed to be low-budget, while using best
components and solutions.
" Why design an audio-midi card and put it inside
You can buy very good converters (if you want) and
use them for everything else, too! And you won't have
"How much does it cost?"
About €350, depending on the configuration. New VSTs
and VSTis will be free.
"Can it be expanded?"
Yes. The next modules will be "Tube drive unit" and
"State variable filters". "Real tonewheels" unit is
at a more experimental stage. More: there are pre-filter
and post-filter insert paths, for hardware.
"Can you show me how <xyz> sounds? (i.e.
envelopes, pulse width mod, etc.)"
I'm trying to get "extreme" sounds in the audio demos
that you find here. If you want to hear something
special (or compare it with another synth), please
record a midi file and send it, I'll upload the resulting
"Which platform do you support?"
It is for Windows.