New Hardware/Software for Audio Production

Apr 1, 2002 12:00 PM

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TC WORKS POWERCORE 01

TC Works PowerCore 01 is a monophonic synthesizer plug-in for the TC Works PowerCore card. Modeled after classic analog monosynths, with more than 100 presets, this Mac/PC plug-in requires PowerCore, PowerCore Software 1.5, and a VST Instrument-compatible sequencer application such as Logic, Cubase or Nuendo. Registered PowerCore users can download it for free at www.tcworks.de.

NUENDO AUDIOLINK 96 I/OS

Steinberg's (www.steinberg.net) Audiolink Series of I/Os for ASIO-compatible systems offers many features from the Nuendo PCI 96/52 card and the Nuendo 8 I/O 96k. These include 24-bit/96kHz resolution, an integrated mixer with several submixes, pro peak and RMS-level metering, and TotalMix technology for complete ASIO 2.0 direct monitoring. The Nuendo Audiolink 96 System has either an AudioLink 96 PCI or a CardBus (PCMCIA Type II) card, the AudioLink 96 Mobile, and a choice of the Audiolink 96 Digiset or Audiolink 96 Multiset I/Os: Audiolink 96 Digiset is an extended version of the Nuendo PCI card 95/52, with three ADAT I/Os, ADAT Sync In, S/PDIF I/O and wordclock I/O, two MIDI I/Os and analog line out. The multichannel Audiolink 96 Multiset has ADAT I/O, ADAT Sync In, S/PDIF I/O, MIDI I/O, Wordclock I/O and analog line output. Audiolink 96 Multiset also provides eight balanced 24/96 analog I/Os. Drivers include Windows 98/ME (MME with multiclient operation, ASIO 2.0, GSIF), Windows 2000, Windows XP (MME with multiclient operation, ASIO 2.0) and MacOS (ASIO 2.0). Latency is stated to be as low as 1 ms.

CYCLING '74 CYCLOPS

Cycling '74 (www.cycling74.com) now distributes Code Artistry's Cyclops — $99 video-input analysis system — a Max/MSP object for multimedia development. This second-generation version of the VideoIn object adds color support, a graphical editing interface and improved zone identification, and it can save user settings. Cyclops supports most QuickTime-compatible video input hardware, and from a video-capture card, USB or FireWire source, the Cyclops object analyzes the video frames and outputs Max/MSP control messages based on the images. Users can specify areas of an input image to analyze and the type of analysis to perform. The Cyclops object supports grayscale, threshold, difference (motion) or color analysis of the incoming video image, and its control output format allows integration of motion control and object tracking into the interactive Max4/MSP2 multimedia programming environment.

BIAS SUPERFREQ

New from BIAS (www.bias-inc.com), SuperFreq is a real-time, Mac OS X-native, 10-band paragraphic EQ VST plug-in. SuperFreq features -18 to +18dB gain values, variable 0.1-30 bandwidth (Q), sweepable 20-20k Hz frequencies, individual band Bypass buttons, and 24dB stereo input/output meters. Filter types include peak, notch, high-shelf, low-shelf, high-cut and low-cut. SuperFreq can optionally be launched as an 8-band paragraphic EQ, rather than the standard 10-band. SuperFreq features OS X's “Aqua” interface (a high-tech brushed-metal interface is used under OS 9), and works within any Carbonized VST host application, such as BIAS Peak 3 or Peak LE 3; it also runs under Mac OS 8.5 through 9.2.x.

MACKIE PLUG-INS FOR UAD-1

Mackie Designs (www.mackie.com) offers two new plug-ins for the UAD-1 Powered Plug-Ins Pro product. Developed in conjunction with Universal Audio, the Pultec EQP-1A Program Equalizer and the Nigel Guitar Processor are free to registered UAD-1 users and are initially available for Windows users; both plug-ins will also be available for the Mac platform later in 2002. All features of the original Pultec Program EQ are provided in the EQP-1A, including separate boost and attenuation controls and the ability to dial-in seemingly dangerous amounts of boost. All front panel controls are included, with accurate modeling of all knob tapers. The “Nigel” Guitar Processor provides a complete plug-in multi-effects solution, with a wide palette of guitar tones and effects, such as gate/compressor, phaser, wah-wah, tremolo, echo delay up to 1,200 ms, and chorus, flange and vibrato effects.

EGO SYS 192K INTERFACES

Priced from $199, the Ego Sys (www.esi-pro.com) 192 Series of PCI multichannel audio interfaces offer up to 24-bit/192kHz performance with simultaneous record/playback capability. New products include the Waveterminal 192L and Waveterminal 192X — both are 2-in/6-out PCI cards — and the 4-in/8-out WaMi Rack 192X. The half-length PCI card Waveterminal 192L ($199) has 20-bit/96kHz ADCs and 24/192 DACs, along with stereo analog line ins, a mic preamp with 12VDC phantom power, headphone out and 24-bit/192kHz S/PDIF optical digital out. The $299 Waveterminal 192X has a 24/192 S/PDIF optical digital out, and supports Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1 surround formats. Waveterminal options include S/PDIF optical digital ins, 192kHz S/PDIF co-ax I/O and a 1-in/1-out MIDI interface. The single-rackspace WaMi Rack 192X ($799) connects to a PC via a half-length PCI card, and features four discrete XLR (line/mic switchable) inputs with 48VDC phantom power, headphone out with independent level control, built-in MIDI interface, optical and coaxial S/PDIF ports, and support for Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS ES 6.1 and 7.1 surround sound formats. All 192 Series systems support the Ego Sys E-WDM driver for compatibility with Windows XP, 2000, ME and 98SE.

ARBORETUM MONTAGE

Arboretum Systems (www.arboretum.com) debuts Montage, a Mac OS X-native application allowing creators of multimedia content to organize, edit and process their media in a single environment, combining video, pictures, audio, MIDI and text in the same project window. In Montage, the notion of track assignment is eliminated; rather, editing is done in place, via direct data access at all zoom levels through the Overview window and its View Selection frame. (The Overview permanently displays the entire project, and a View Selector navigates through locations.) Montage allows processing components either individually or in groups, whether or not they belong to the same media family; processor parameter changes can be controlled via MIDI, and automation data is recorded and can be edited. Arboretum processors — such as Hyperprism and Ray Gun — are available for use directly in Montage, and new video-processing algorithms are in development.






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