Interview with MOD
What is the MOD project?
The MOD is a hardware audio plugin processor based on Arch Linux, JACK and the LV2 plugin standard. MOD devices are autonomous processing units that have an embedded ARM CPU running an Arch Linux based OS. Users can connect remotely to their MODs and assemble virtual pedalboards with the plugins. There is also a Social Network where users can exchange their pedalboards.
Awesome! So why did you choose Arch as the distro?
The choice of Arch Linux is based on a few key points. The assembly of the OS starting from a very minimal install and building the pieces on top of it based on features demand, using a very modular approach. The system philosophy is not targeted towards automation but to performance. Our system needs to be as lean possible, so easily customizing the install is necessary. The flexible and practical package management provides this ease to create and manage .tar.gz packages, and this is very valuable to the MOD.
Question: How can Arch developers get involved with MOD?
Both the plugins as the OS can have involvement from the community. All our code is open source and it is possible to run the MOD software in desktops machines. It is all hosted at www.github.com/portalmod. We have an SDK to create the HTML plugin interfaces so DSP coders can publish their plugins with beautiful and appealing graphic interfaces.