Muse Research MuseBoxItem ID: MuseBox
Virtual Instrument and Effects Module
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A Sound Module to Run Your VST Plug-ins On StageThe long-anticipated MuseBox is here! Built in partnership with Muse Research, the team behind the legendary Muse Receptor line, the Peavey MuseBox is a powerful synthesizer, sampler, and effects processor module like nothing else out there. Running on a custom Linux-based operating system and VST plug-in host environment called Duo Host, the MuseBox lets you call up a pair of your favorite VST plug-ins with near zero-latency performance. Its SoundFinder preset structure makes browsing for the perfect patch easy, letting you search for sound by type rather than by plug-in.
Peavey MuseBox Virtual Instrument Module at a Glance:
Flexible use on stage and in the studio
Hook up your keyboard or controller to the Peavey MuseBox and start using a wealth of amazing VST plug-in tones on stage and in studio. Using plug-ins in the studio is common and easy to do, using them on stage is another thing. MuseBox lets you those great virtual instrument plug-ins to the stage on a handy, easy to use device. What's more, the MuseBox can host more than just keyboard instruments, it works wonderfully with MIDI drums. It's also an amazing guitar and vocal effects processor, with front-panel combo inputs for easy access. The MuseBox even comes loaded with Peavey's ReValver HP guitar amplifier plug-in.
Ready to go right out of the box
Simply turn on the Peavey MuseBox, press the Play button, choose your sound, and you are ready go. MuseBox comes loaded with essential sounds you'll need for any gig. Installed instrument plug-ins include organs, pianos, synths, keyboards, drums, and much more. A number of plug-in effects are also preloaded and ready to go. Thanks to a state-of-the-art dedicated solid state hard drive, switching sounds is almost instantaneous.
Easy and intuitive operation
MuseBox's SoundFinder preset structure makes browsing for the perfect patch easy, letting you search for sound by type (the way you would in a traditional hardware synth) rather than by plug-in. When you want to edit or program instruments all you need to do is hook up a monitor and mouse directly to the Peavey MuseBox and start tweaking. Or you can use you own computer to remotely edit settings via the included Muse Remote software.
Peavey MuseBox Virtual Instrument Module Features:
If you're looking for a portable, versatile, and totally reliable way to take your favorite plug-ins with you onstage, then the MuseBox is it!
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Reviewsbased on 5 reviews
Virtual instrument technology
by Reginald Simmons from Helena, Ark.This is the best investment I have ever made!! Cant wait until the plugins are available!! I am a MIDI bass guitar player and I have matched the MIDI bass with the MUSE box, you won't believe it till ... read more [+]you hear it!!!!! close [-]
June 25, 2012
Music Background: Pro musician, Live Sound Engineer,Recording Engineer
by benny green from take a guessthis last guy was working with the 'peavey muse box'... and i'd have to agree, the yamaha moose box is excellent... almost as good as the muffresearch std box. excellent in all ways. makes me wonder i... read more [+]f these reviews are real or not... don't think this review will be posted... but whoever's reading this, WE'RE ON TO YOU! ! ! close [-]
May 25, 2012
Music Background: student (activist, anarchist)
Fantastic VST unit
by Daniel K from Knoxville, TNThe Peavey Musebox is everything I had hoped it would be. It has fantastic VST quality samples which can be layered. Multiple effects can be applied. When a selection of sounds plus effects is "twe... read more [+]aked" just the way you like it you can save the combination as a preset for instant recall. The Peavey ReValver software also sounds excellent for guitar and the vocal effects are great. This is very user friendly but can be very in-depth if you want. Guitarists and keyboardists alike will love the limitless capabilities and sounds available. It is truly a professional sound module/effects processor. Keyboardists: No worries with grating cheap sampled sounds like you find on many synthesizers. Musebox samples are pristine all up and down the scale. This is a "plug and play" device. Samples load within seconds and there is no latency. Computer interface works very well and is not cumbersome. Peavey and Musebox A+++. There is nothing else on the market like it. It is worth every penny. I will be enjoying it for years to come. close [-]
May 20, 2012
Music Background: amateur musician
Solid performance, decent sounds, good (not great) acoustic pianos
by Cam from Sedona, AZGot my Musebox in today and spent the evening getting familiar with it and trying out the sounds. My main interest has been to get a killer acoustic piano sound for live gigs... something as good as m... read more [+]y Galaxy Vintage-D, which is the best-sounding VST I've ever used. Of course, everyone has different tastes in pianos, and I'm partial to fairly bright ones. My perfect piano sounds like Sarah McLachlan's, or maybe Elton John's off the Honky Chateau album (i.e. Rocket Man), which is probably too harsh for most classical pianists.
June 5, 2012
Music Background: Songwriter, semi-pro musician
The Musebox has quite a few piano presets to choose from, and the star of the show is apparently the "Big" Concert Grand, which is supposedly 800 MB. Most patches load fairly quickly, but this one seems to be the biggest one in the box... close to 30 seconds. Not surprisingly, it sounded the best of all the presets, but I never did find a piano sound that was "just right". The Big grand was a bit muddy for my taste, sounding more like a Baldwin than a Steinway, and some of the velocity and dynamics seemed a bit off for my controller. These are adjustable (from your PC) and I haven't played with the settings, but I assume you can probably fine-tune them to suit both your taste and your midi controller. Other than some midi settings, you aren't really able to customize the presets too much though.
One of the presets is the True Piano "Amber", which is a VST you can buy off the Internet for $79. It has gotten generally good reviews for having a decent sound for such a low price, and it gets kudos for it's small CPU footprint. It uses modeling rather than sampling as I recall. For me it was another case of "close but no cigar"... just TOO bright and harsh, and a little artificial sounding in some parts of the keyboard.
In short, the on-board pianos aren't bad, but I don't think they compare to the best VSTs like Ivory or Galaxy.
The Musebox finally redeemed itself when I realized that you can combine piano sounds, and I came really close to what I was after by combing the muddy "Big" grand and the too bright True Piano Amber into one preset. Finally, a killer piano patch for live gigs!
So now that I'd combined two piano patches, one of which was huge, I was wondering if I'd run into CPU problems. I spent an hour playing it, and it didn't hear it glitch once.
You can use up to two instrument patches plus two effects patches simultaneously, so I next decided to run my mic through one of the on-board effects (Camel Phatt) while using my two combined piano patches. Not only did the effects mostly sound like crap, they instantly caused the pianos to hit the CPU limit. I run into limits with my dual-core I-5 PC too, so I sort of expected that would happen if I overdid it. Based on how quickly the other patches load, I doubt that any are likely to cause CPU issues like the large piano patches. To be fair, there are a whole lot of effects I haven't explored yet, but the Camel Phatt vocal effects seemed pretty useless to me.
There are a lot of Wurly and Rhodes E.P. patches as well as some really nice sounding B3, but none of these are critical to me because you can get decent patches of this sort on just about any synth. One of the organ patches has a nice B3 "growl" , i.e. distortion (maybe a bit TOO much) that I've never heard on any patch before. It is nice to be able to get all these sounds while just taking one keyboard to the gig, and I can choose the midi controller that is most to my liking.
The acoustic guitar patches sound cheesy compared to my RealGuitar VST. There are also LOTS more patches I haven't checked out yet,
Supplied software lets you create your own patches (combinations of existing sounds and effects) and modify midi settings such as keyboard velocity, transpose, etc. It's a cinch to use, although the Musebox did reboot one time when I was saving a custom patch.
In short, this is pretty much Receptor "lite", just like Muse Research says, but it seems a solid box and puts a lot of good, realistic patches at your fingertips. It's biggest drawback is not letting you load your favorite VSTs, but for nearly 1/2 the price of the Receptor I guess this is a fair tradeoff. If I were still playing professionally I;d probably go for the Receptor, but as more of a hobbyist these days the Musebox fits my needs at a reasonable price. close [-]
Peavey and Muse Research build the Peavey MuseBox. Ha, indeed.
by Frenchy Cordero from ChicagoThe Peavey MuseBox is just what was needed...a portable, highly flexible unit.
June 2, 2012
Music Background: Working Musician
Kathy, Wilmington, NC
Muse Research MuseBox
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