About this project
Thank you backers!!!
We've been funded and the MOD Duo is going to be a reality, helping musicians around the globe to create great music.
What a roller coaster!!
All this would not be possible without everybody's help and the entire MOD Team is eternally grateful for that.
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As Harry van Harren likes to point out: "The future is a big place!"
MOD lets you create new soundscapes for your music and use them live when you record and gig.
The MOD Duo is a truly multipurpose pedal. It puts hundreds of music pedals into just one powerful little box. You won't have to buy a new pedal every time you want to experiment or even just to see how they'll sound - you'll download them all, for free, directly from the MOD's interface.
We are doing to music pedals what the smartphones did to the mobile phones!
With the MOD Duo any musician can freely install hundreds of effects and other audio apps from independent developers.
Any developer can create apps for you to use in your MOD Duo. Teaching Apps? Collaborative plugins? You name it.
You can create, load and share virtual pedalboards to achieve any tone that you can imagine – and download anyone else’s shared pedalboards in a few seconds.
Download an entirely new effect and start using it without spending a penny. Share your exact tone with a buddy three thousand miles away – and know that you’re both getting the same great experience.
We have this working, right now, in our hands.
MOD Duo, the Apps Cloud and the MOD Community are operational, and we already have musicians playing with MOD sound processors. It’s a really great product – and we want you to join us in bringing it to the world. And the best of all: It will only get better with time, because we’re constantly adding new effects and pedals and updating the internal software.
It’s not just great value for money. It is quite possibly the last pedal you’ll ever need to buy.
Invent millions of new ways to control your music in one affordable, unrelentingly-improving product.
Musicians equipments tends to get beat up hard and we want your MOD to withstand thousands of gigs. In order to last lifetime the MOD Duo is embodied in a rock solid metal enclosure.
The pictures and videos seen here are from our acrylic prototype. The final enclosure type will depend on the scale reached by this campaign.
If we reach the minimum US$65,000 goal, the enclosure will be made with folded sheet metal, the same technic used on the Quadra.
We intend to have color options, but it all depends on the size of the campaign.
If the US$150,000 threshold is surpassed, we'll use the additional funds to build a mold to manufacture a beautiful die cast aluminum enclosure.
Interactive 3D render at Sketchfab.
Exclusively on Kickstarter we are offering a Deluxe edition of MOD Duo, assembled in a premium laser etched Unibody Machined Aluminum enclosure.
The Transparent pledge!
After several messages from our early backers, we are proud to announce we now have the transparent MOD Duo pledge available!
It will be made using polycarbonate in order to have an enclosure stronger than acrylic. But as we said in this post it's not as strong as the metal enclosure.
It goes perfectly in studios or light rehearsals, but for the road, it might not be the perfect choice.
We don’t want the MOD to be a cool toy with just an okay-sounding music processor – we want it to sound amazing. For the Duo, our MOD Team designed a hi-fi soundboard following audiophile concepts.
Using special operational amplifiers, a carefully designed circuit layout, a hi-fi CODEC and passive components, the MOD Duo provides an audio interface quality level rarely found in a mass market digital sound processor.
A year before the MOD Duo Kickstarter campaign, we produced a batch of our pilot product, the MOD Quadra. Part of that batch was sold, another part remained with us and is being tested by a group of selected musicians.
The Duo has the exact same concept as the Quadra. They both run the same software, and work the same way. The main difference is that the Quadra was designed for small scale production, using some off-the-shelf components, to validate the market and concept.
Check out some artists using the MOD below. Everything you see with the Quadra can be done with the Duo.
With so many ways to arrange your effects with the MOD Duo that we quickly realized that an easy way for users to exchange their creations is essential. Before the MOD, there was no way that you could easily reproduce other musicians’ exact tones.
Now with MOD Social there’s no guesswork – you’ll be able to download and share pedalboards in seconds.
MOD Social is completely integrated with the MOD Duo – it’s not a separate address or app but a fundamental part of the MOD experience.
In a single screen you can build your pedalboards, download new effects and share/load pedalboards with other musicians around the world. MOD Social even has a live feed of all the pedalboards other users are creating – and you can try them with just a click.
Check out how simple it is to load a pedalboard from the MOD Community.
When you share your pedalboard, you can also record a sample that generates a video for you to share with friends, even if they don’t have a MOD processor. It’s an easy way to share not just what you’re using for effects and pedals and what different combinations sound like – while the video shows the MOD pedals you’re hitting in real time. Check out the MOD social feed right now at our website. Those pedalboards were shared using the MOD Quadra, our pilot product, which works just like the Duo.
This is how MOD's Graphical User Interface evolved over the last 2 years.
Access our interface and create your own pedalboard.
You'll need a webkit browser such as: Google Chrome, Safari and Konqueror.
Watch our first interface tutorial video below.
00'11" - The Digital Interface
02'13" - Creating a pedalboard
02'55" - Saving the pedalboard
03'11" - Controlling the effects
04'57" - Loading a pedalboard
05'22" - Sharing a pedalboard
05'57" - Pedalboard banks
07'03" - MOD Social
Several peripherals can be connected to the MOD Duo, using an open protocol we developed called Control Chain. Currently, MOD has three external peripherals: the Expression Pedal, the Footswitch Extensor and, for those with an inventive soul, an Arduino Shield to create new ways to control your sound.
You have infinite ways to control your effects with MOD.
Control any parameter of any effect with your foot.
Expand your controls with 4 extra foot switches.
Combine Expression Pedals and Footswitch Extensors.
You can invent new peripherals with the MOD Arduino Shield.
The MOD Duo is fully ready to operate out of the box. But if you're a hardware hacker who wants to create customized peripherals for the MOD Duo, you can use the MOD Arduino Shield add-on to control the effects with any sensor.
To control the effects, you can use a weight sensor, light sensor, accelerometer, heart beat sensor...
Actually with the MOD Arduino Shield, you can use any sensor you prefer.
Below you can see the MOD Arduino Shield in action!
These are the MOD Duo's technical specifications:
2 independent inputs
- TS connectors
- Digital input impedance selector | line / microphone / instrument
- Programmable Gain Amplifier: ± 12 dB Gain, 0.5 dB step plus a 32 dB gain stage for microphone
2 independent outputs
- TS connectors
- Volume Control: 0 to -127 dB, 0.5dB step
- TRS connector
- Digital volume control from +12dB to −33dB
True Bypass circuit
- Instrument: 500kΩ.
- Line: 75kΩ.
- Microphone: 3kΩ.
- Manufacturer: Cirrus Logic
- DAC: 104dB Dynamic Range. -90dB THD+N
- ADC: 104dB Dynamic Range. -95dB THD+N
- 24 bit / 48 kHz AD/DA
- Manufacturer: Texas Instruments
- Class AB Amplifier
- THD+N at 1kHz, 105mW continuous average output power into 16Ω: 0.1%
- THD+N at 1kHz, 70mW continuous average output power into 32Ω: 0.1%
- Dual Core ARM A7 1.0GHz
- Dual (or Quad) Core ARM A7 1.5GHz (Stretch Goal)
- 1GB RAM
- 4GB Flash Storage
- 2 knobs with LCD screen
- 2 foot switches with color LEDs
- MIDI IN connector – DIN 5 pins – for musical instruments and controllers
- MIDI OUT connector – DIN 5 pins
- Control-Chain – RJ-45 – for additional controllers
- USB HOST - USB 2.0 Standard-A type
- USB Bluetooth
- USB Wifi
- USB MIDI
- USB DEVICE - USB 2.0 Standard-B type
- USB Ethernet Adaptor
- USB Audio 2.0 (Stretch Goal)
The LV2 plugin standard
The MOD supports plugins written in the LV2 format, a modern, open and extensible plugin standard that was designed with real-time operation in mind.
See our plugin library. It's always evolving.
By being flexible, LV2 allowed us to bring effects initially intended for desktops into the MOD hardware, and to create attractive graphical interfaces. It also allows developers to create new features in order to accommodate their needs.
There is an established community of LV2 developers already creating all of the classic effects you’d want, plus many unusual ones. It’s a vibrant, active community that makes high-quality effects.
Thanks to this community we were able to release the MOD Duo with more than a hundred high quality effects for you to enjoy. Here are some of the developers responsible for it:
If you want to learn more about this community we encourage you to visit the Linux Audio consortium website.
It's not just about sound effects
Since the MOD runs a complete operating system, and thanks to the LV2 standard's flexibility, each pedal you drag and drop in your virtual pedalboards can be much more than a simple sound processor.
The Looper, that is already available, is one example of that. But this is only the beginning.
We already have ideas and are developing apps such as sequencers, samplers, co-creation apps to allow you to create music with other users, teaching apps with video-tutorials, and even games!
We want to make it easy for developers to create or adapt their plugins for the MOD.
All a developer need to create a plugin for the MOD is a regular Linux box. There are many libraries and tools that will make the development a breeze. Also, the LV2 standard is fully documented.
Once they have their plugins running they can use our freely available toolchain to easily port them to the ARM architecture used by MOD.
Developers can also use our MOD SDK, to build and test HTML5 plugin interfaces and publish them to our cloud - if the plugin meets required quality standards we will make it available to all users.
If you have any questions, you can find us at IRC freenode: #portalmod
To learn more about MOD SDK please have a look at this blog post.
US$75,000: Differential balanced outputs
US$85,00: 8GB Storage
US$100,000: 24bit USB Audio Interface
You will be able to use your MOD Duo as a high quality Audio interface. Connect it to your computer via USB and use it as a regular sound card on your record sessions. You will get 2 separated stereo inputs: one with the clean digitalized audio that is coming from the instrument and another with the processed audio after it went through your pedalboard.
US$125,000: More processing power
We will replace the A20 processor with an A23 processor. 50% more processing power; 50% more effects running simultaneously. Just like that.
US$150,000: Die cast aluminum enclosure
We will replace the two-piece folded sheet metal with a monolithic die cast aluminum enclosure. Its lighter, stronger and better looking!
Risks and challenges
This project is not simple. If you have browsed all our demonstration videos, you can see that it would be impossible to get here without a great team, a group of investors and huge efforts. Whatever new challenges arise, we are able to overcome them.
We have a working hardware prototype, running software and plugins that have been tested and refined with several months of use. We have the experience of producing a batch of our pilot product, and now we have quotes for the components, boards and case from several suppliers in China. We have talked to enough more experienced people to realize that our production plan is realistic. Still, unexpected things might happen.
One risk is that the case has not been prototyped, because our goal is to make the final product in die-cast aluminum, which can only be done in large scale due the necessity of a mold. We have done it only in folded sheet metal before. We could have made a machined aluminum for videos, but that might be misleading. Although die-cast aluminum is a well established manufacturing technique, this will be a new endeavor for the team if we reach the stretch goal.
Another risk is that we will need to ramp production of four different products: the MOD Duo and three peripherals (Expression Pedal, the Footswitch Extensor and Arduino Shield). If we achieve our goal with fewer peripherals than expected, we'll have to put in our money to ensure production. We have spent several hours thinking about this, and decided that it's a risk we can handle.
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