Modula is an application external to the DAW that helps you organize plugins as if you were viewing a virtual console/mixer. Plugins can also be run in the traditional way (i.e. in the DAW) if the frame is not activated. Modula offers a limited set of features: for example mute, solo and channel bypass within a set of predefined channels.
Every time you open a Modula plugin, it will also be visualised in the external frame, offering a better workflow: all channels are visible regardless of the status of the editor. In addition, the external frame is particularly optimized for 27″ touch screens (where the fader is represented by a 100 mm control).
Modula allows you to do this too: the first version is not designed to work in client/server tcp/ip mode but it will be at a later stage.
The advantage is strictly dependent on the balance between the power of the client and the power of the server, which is also one of the reasons why we do not offer support on this feature in the first period. We have not designed Modula with the aim of having more local resources: the main functionality of the application remains to have a visual workflow similar to that of an analog console. The advantage in the consumption of resources is limited when using the native protocol of Modula, and becomes significant when using a protocol like Dante.
Not necessarily. For instance, a Mac can control a Windows server or vice versa.
Modula as a stand-alone product is known as Modula-Lite and is priced at $99. Modula-Bundle, priced at $599, is the frame plus 3 plugins and 4 skins selected by the developers to create an out of the box mixing solution.
The product is distributed by Quantica Audio Inc, an American company based in Las Vegas in which Acustica Audio has stakes.
Modula will be available for sale on the website of Quantica Audio Inc. Support will be provided partly by Quantica and partly by Acustica Audio. The product will be available for download on the Aquarius platform
The user data are present only on the e-commerce platform of Quantica Audio inc, so they will be managed by an American company. Aquarius manages an independent user, with a completely untied login and password. Acustica Audio does not have access to sensitive data of Quantica users except for the data necessary to manage the user support and to ensure the proper operation of the application.
Acustica Audio reserves the right to request access to data when necessary for technical and administrative reasons.
For easy management we recommend you use the same Aquarius credentials for all products. In this way you can see all the products within the same login session.
There will be loyalty coupons available, but with potentially different percentages from those used for Acustica Audio products. You will receive these coupons before the product launch.
Together with the frame, the Modula versions of the following plugins will be included:
These plugins have a commercial value of more than $650 and are included free.
Unfortunately not. However, we should mention that all other Acustica products could benefit from a low price – or free Modula version – for a limited period of time. The value of Modula will become more and more evident as the software available for the platform increases. For the first adopters we offer a lower entry price and this is the reason for the initial discount.
They are different plugins. Let’s take an example: if you own the Cola plugin, the Modula version will be free for current owners. The policy may change. In any case, an additional fee would only apply if the policy changes and you do not have a product license yet.
That’s the key question for us.
First of all, Modula acts like a player and has no copy protection. The protection is in the libraries. So you can freely download Modula from Aquarius, and a trial version of a library to test the workflow. The first trial library will be that of Magenta5.
Because the trial library has an expiration date, like all the trial versions offered on the Aquarius platform.
Then I could use it with a free skin that you will provide me later as a user of a product that has been designed for Modula. Really, I still don’t see why I should buy it.
We will start providing skins for Modula when they are available, but the ownership of the product is limited to having previously purchased Modula, and having it in the same Acquarius account.
For example, if you have Cola in an account and a Cola skin modula is available, you must have Modula on the same account and then the Cola skin will automatically become visible.
Remember that the skins for Modula will be designed / developed and distributed starting March 2020 and following a release order yet to be defined.
Of course, you can organize your Modula frame into many separate virtual console views, optimized according to your own workflow. Even if you use a mouse, the view of the channels conveniently renamed and organized in a console type frame will allow you to speed up your work.
They can be used anywhere in the chain, for example as channel inserts, group inserts and so on. You can use different mute/only groups, so you can have multiple plugins in series within the same DAW insert channel.
You might keep all DAW faders at unity and insert the Modula plugin as last in the chain as well.
Alternatively, a typical workflow involves using a group of mutes/only on the master, a group of mutes/only on the buses and so on.
It’s really up to you.
Many features are planned and will be developed in the future.
Not at all.
You will find the Modula application in the following path: