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Usine Hollyhock

Multitouch Modular Host by BrainModular
Usine Hollyhock
Usine Hollyhock by BrainModular is an Audio Plugin Host and a Software Application for macOS and Windows. It functions as a Standalone Application. It can host VST Plugins, Audio Units Plugins and VST 3 Plugins.
Win 7 / Win 8 /Win 10

Recommended screen resolution: 1280x800
OS X 10.12.5 Sierra
High Sierra


Recommended screen resolution: 1280x800
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Usine Hollyhock is a unique piece of software which introduces several revolutionary concepts.

Usine Hollyhock Pro is the ultimate Digital Workstation made for live or studio utilizations and for artistic installation. It was created out of the need for a flexible software solution for spontaneous electronic music creation, including live sampling, effect processing, sound design, Video, DMX and Artnet use.

Usine provides the user with the ability to host AU/VST plug-ins, process and route audio, MIDI and OSC, and design personalized virtual control interfaces.

Also it's a modular environment, which means that, even if you can find many ready to use examples, the main goal is to create and customize your live set to fit it exactly to your needs.

New in Usine Hollyhock 4:

  • New Modular engine.
  • Improved modular video engine.
  • Improved Light engine.
  • Hundred of improvements.
  • More than 200 new modules.
  • New interface design.
  • New manual.

Usine Hollyhock specifications:

  • Unlimited number of Racks.
  • A grid to organize your sequences.
  • Automation curves.
  • Midi, OSC support.
  • Surround up to 64 channels.
  • 128 audio in/out.
  • Direct to disk.
  • Physics engine.
  • leap Motion integration (with Leap V2 support).
  • Native multi touch.
  • Customizable interface.
  • Share patches over the LAN.
  • Video support. (with 50 Fx's).
  • DMX/Art-net support for light management.
  • SMPTE, MIDI Timecode (MTC), Linear Timecode (MTC) support.
  • Many ready made patches in the library.
  • Serial port module.
  • Video detection.
  • Wiimote module.
  • Playlist.
  • Chat panel.
  • New open source SDK.

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Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 5.00 from 2 reviews
Usine Hollyhock

Reviewed By x.iso [all]
September 20th, 2019
Version reviewed: 3.0.189 on Windows

Although my primary reason for seeking out this DAW was multi-touch support and ability to construct custom virtual MIDI controller, so I wouldn't need additional MIDI hardware for my touch-capable laptop (which you totally can do), it turned out that Usine Hollyhock covers my needs and way beyond that. It's a fully modular DAW with all sorts of signals to process: multi-channel audio, midi, video, DMX light, serial port, text, various external hardware sensors - you name it. And unlike max/msp or even Reaktor, it's quite easy to get in and patch what you want. lots of modules that take care of some more complex stuff you might stumble upon - like quantizers for data, triggers or whole MIDI messages, and you can make 'templates' of your own by saving sub-patches. If you can code - even better, you can use script engine to do stuff that may be more efficient to do with one script module, than a whole sub-patch.

Looking forward, in upcoming version 4 features like UI modular patching will be available, which enables VCV-rack like experience, but you can actually make your own modules in convenient way or edit existing ones, all without coding skills necessary. There's also VST Brigde that will enable perfect syncing to other DAW and passing MIDI and audio channels between them.

This is overall a very powerful and affordable DAW with great support. Recommended to anyone looking into modular environments.

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