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Plugzilla Rackmount VST Effects Processor Demonstrated at AES

New company Manifold Labs founded by three audio industry veterans By DMN Staff Writer
Plugzilla prototype (click image for larger view).
The Plugzilla rackmount effects processor was demonstrated at the 113th AES Convention, a new effects processor from Manifold Labs that will run any VST plugin. Based on Steinberg's open VST standard, Plugzilla adds a user interface, high quality audio performance, advanced copy protection, and wraps it in a 2-U package.

Plugzilla is the brainchild of Tony Agnello, Marc Lindahl and Joe Waltz, industry veterans who between them have worked for Eventide, Lexicon, dbx, Sonorus and other audio companies. Agnello credits Waltz with the Plugzilla concept, and says the three founders then put together a team of top engineers and designers to build it.

Agnello himself invented the the original Harmonizer pitch shifter and SP2016 effects processor, and has been involved in DSP since the 70s, including founding Ariel Corp and leading it through its IPO in 1995. Waltz is a veteran of both Lexicon and Eventide, and worked on the JamMan and Lexicon 300 products, the TEC Award nominated Eclipse and Orville processors, among many others. Lindahl went from dbx, Inc. to starting his own audio company, Sonorus, and doing design work for Avid, Mackie, TC Works, Swissonic, Midiman, Event and others before joining Eventide.

At least one plug-in developer, Wave Arts, has already pledged its support for the Plugzilla platform.

No pricing or shipping date information is available for the Plugzilla yet.

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