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Been awhile since I checked: in 2021 what's the best version of an AUM-like environment for PC?

My gut tells me it's prob. still Reason in terms of a non-DAW oriented audio environment.

Maybe Bidule?

Anyone know of anything else that snuck out in the last year on PC that emulates the mixer paradigm like AUM?

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  • edited January 13

    Do you mean in terms of routing audio and MIDI? If so, I would suggest Ableton Live, as it has good routing options.

    Can’t think of something that falls outside of the definition of a DAW for PC.

  • edited January 13

    1) VCV Rack with VST Plugin Addon
    2) Bitwig or Ableton

    VCV Rack is the closest I've gotten to a non-DAW environment I like using on desktop.

  • @michael_m said:
    Do you mean interns if routing audio and MIDI? If so, I would suggest Ableton Live, as it has good routing options.

    Can’t think of something that falls outside of the definition of a DAW for PC.

    Nope, that's exactly not what what I'm talking about. I don't care about "DAW stuff" like timeline, etc. etc.

    If i wanted AUM but DAW I'd go Bitwig, but I want more of audio mixer, routing, control, etc. Thus why I think Reason is still prob. the big dog here for "live rack" type idea.

  • @auxmux said:
    1) VCV Rack with VST Plugin Addon
    2) Bitwig or Ableton

    VCV Rack is the closest I've gotten to a non-DAW environment I like using on desktop.

    Yea, VCV may be a good option. I'm worried it's too unconstrained so I'll never get anything "done" :)

    It's one thing I like about AUM on ios... After a point, it get's too cumbersome to keep adding stuff. So I can make "instruments" that actually have an end-state I can play... As opposed to the bottomless pit of pure modular.

    VCV rack hosting Reason as VST which hosts VCV rack as VST...

    Modularception

  • I haven’t used this in over ten years but when I did I thought it was pretty gosh durn cool and made a bunch of neat Stuff...

    http://www.audiomulch.com/

  • Plugin Alliance's Gig Performer may be in the ballpark?

  • @MonkeyDrummer said:

    @auxmux said:
    1) VCV Rack with VST Plugin Addon
    2) Bitwig or Ableton

    VCV Rack is the closest I've gotten to a non-DAW environment I like using on desktop.

    Yea, VCV may be a good option. I'm worried it's too unconstrained so I'll never get anything "done" :)

    It's one thing I like about AUM on ios... After a point, it get's too cumbersome to keep adding stuff. So I can make "instruments" that actually have an end-state I can play... As opposed to the bottomless pit of pure modular.

    VCV rack hosting Reason as VST which hosts VCV rack as VST...

    Modularception

    Been there, it's great. Maschine in VCV Rack is so much fun! You can make it as constrained or not as you like, same reason I love AUM.

  • @MonkeyDrummer said:
    Anyone know of anything else that snuck out in the last year on PC that emulates the mixer paradigm like AUM?

    not from last year... it was 20 years ago today :D
    The Creamware (now Sonic Core) Scope system, a mixed hardware/software environment, like UAD. Needs a classic PCI slot (5V) motherboard, though.

    Such cards (2nd hand) start at $50 (3 or 4 DSPs), 6 DSPs about $250 and are cascadable.
    If you try a small one and like the system, you can add up to 2 bigger ones and processing power increases linear.
    A single small card can do all the audio/midi routing between hardware and software ports.
    You may have multiple mixers (different layouts exist), but synth/fx resources are limited.

    The strongest point of the system is it‘s almost latency free input/processing/output within 3 to 5 samples due to the Sharc DSP processing and the extremely versatile routing.
    You can do signal chains without adding latency, sample accurate parallel and even feedback (if a ‚security‘ module is insterted).

    The GUI is similiar to modular with virtual cables and you can grab any point of the „circuit“ for monitoring or recording.
    No need to worry about stretching things too far: the audio processing is top notch and quite DSP hungry. ;)
    4 DSP cards have 2 analog in/out, coax S/PDIF, midi and 2 Adat ports (16 channels)
    6 DSP cards have an exchangable io-plate with the same ports as standard
    3 DSP cards have a custom Firewire port instead of Adat

    Highlights included: a full modular synth, Model-D (Minimax), Prophet 6, Prophet 2k like (Vectron), VDAT (virtual Adat) for tracking within the DSP environment.

    Of course this is not an entirely serious suggestion, but in 20years of use I never regretted to have invested in that system. It was expensive back then...

  • Though it has limits and is not exactly the same thing, Blue Cat's PatchWorx is the thing I use for hosting synths and effect chains.

    https://bluecataudio.com/Products/Product_PatchWork/

  • @drewfx1 said:
    Though it has limits and is not exactly the same thing, Blue Cat's PatchWorx is the thing I use for hosting synths and effect chains.

    https://bluecataudio.com/Products/Product_PatchWork/

    I agree that it’s great, but I’d say the difference is that it doesn’t have the same mixer-like interface that AUM has, and it entails a bit more work to set things up.

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