New Software/Hardware for Audio Production

Jun 1, 2001 12:00 PM


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Minnetonka Audio Software ( is now shipping SurCode DVD Professional, a DTS Surround Sound encoder for DVD-Video discs. SurCode accepts surround recordings from any source as .WAV or .AIFF sound files, and outputs encoded files that can be used with DVD-Video authoring software. The software is licensed and certified by DTS. SurCode runs on Windows 95, 98, 2000 and NT systems; list price is $1,995.
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Propellerheads Software ( introduces ReWire 2.0, a cross-platform software that transfers MIDI and audio between applications. Version 2.0 integrates MIDI, audio and transport control invisibly by connecting ReWire 2.0-compatible applications. ReWire can also interrogate parameters in ReWire 2.0 instruments and replace controller numbers with parameter names in the application MIDI editors. Applications are synchronized, and ReWire 2.0 is backward-compatible.
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Steinberg's ( Voice Machine is a pitch processor that can process files in real time or create new ones; the software offers two effect tools for VST: The VM Generator creates up to four additional voices by triggering them via MIDI Note On/Off events, so vocal arrangements can be played along with the lead vocal with the keyboard in real time or by drawing MIDI note events in any VST sequencer. The VM Processor changes the pitch of a voice without changing the original character, allowing the user to correct intonation or change the melody. In addition, Steinberg's VST 2.0 enables parameter control via MIDI controller events. Independent pitch shift and character profile controls can be used independently — for natural pitch shifting — or used interactively to create effects, such as simulating other singing voices or imprinting the character of a male voice onto a female voice track. Other features include portamento and tune correction (VD Processor) and LFO for vibrato simulation. Retail: $149.
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Emagic ( debuts the EMI 2|6, a multichannel audio interface for USB offering six playback and two recording channels at 24-bit resolution. The compact (1.5×7.5×4.5-inch) EMI 2|6 features proprietary technology for transferring multichannel audio via USB without data reduction. According to Emagic, this lack of perceivable latency allows software instruments (such as Emagic's ES1, EVP88 and EXS24 and VST 2.0-compatible instruments) to be played in real time. Additional EMI 2|6 features include S/PDIF I/O, support for 44.1- and 48k sampling rates and a built-in headphone amp. Status LEDs indicate bit quantization, digital/analog input processing, external/internal sync, sample rate and I/O signal presence. The EMI 2|6 includes EASI and ASIO drivers for MacOS 9.0.4 and up, as well as EASI, ASIO, MME and DirectSound-compatible drivers for Windows Millennium.
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Aardvark ( announces its DirectPro Q10 audio interface, a one-rackspace unit featuring eight discrete mic preamps and two hi-Z inputs, plus headphone and monitor outs and four inserts. I/Os include eight XLR mic and eight ¼-inch line ins, plus S/PDIF I/O and MIDI and WordClock In/Out. Converters are 24-bit, and 32/44.1/48k sampling rates are all supported. The Q10 is $999, including Cakewalk Pro Audio 9 software and a PCI audio interface. AES/EBU I/O is optional.
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LocalizerDSP from Zeep Software ( is a multichannel panner for VST/MAS that simulates the acoustic phenomena of sound moving in a specific environment. The software supports 5.1, 7.1, LCRS and stereo configurations, with cross-mixing capability and a “behavior control system” for defining complex movement paths and relationships. Other features include the zVerb surround space simulator that calculates multiple discrete reflections for each speaker relative to the source position, bass management functions and parameter automation.
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New applications from Native Instruments ( include the Battery drum sampler and Spektral Delay. Spektral Delay performs real-time Fourier analysis, splitting each stereo channel into up to 160 modifiable frequency bands (up to 1,024 bands internally), with adjustable level, delay time and feedback of each band and the ability to add modulation effects. All parameters can be freely drawn or modulated with the integrated LFO, MIDI or host-based automation, and real-time sonograms display the spectrum of the audio signal at both input and output for visual reference. The Battery software drum sampler offers sound parameters for 54 instruments, each with 128 velocity layers, tuning, volume and pitch envelopes, bit reduction, shaper and FX Loop. More than 20 sound sets are included, and Battery can read Akai S1000, SF2, Reaktor Map, LM4, .AIFF and .WAV format samples. Internal resolution is 32-bit. Samples can be played and modulated via MIDI with complete VST automation. Other features include four modulators, a waveform display and a matrix editor for selecting samples across rows, columns or independently.
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The Roland RPC-VM31 Studio Pack digital recording and mixing system for Mac or PC integrates Midiman's RPC-1 R-BUS/PCI Interface Card. Using the RPC-1 card, Studio Pack owners can exchange eight channels of 24-bit audio from the Roland VM-3100 Pro V-Mixing Station to a custom version of Emagic Logic Audio software. Visit or…The SEK'D MQA Module converts between ADAT and S/PDIF or AES/EBU, and lets you “detangle” or merge the eight channels; The SEK'D MQT offers the same functionality for TDIF. Get details at www.sekd.comUniversal Audio's ( Powered Plug-Ins bundle, a family of plug-ins “powered” by the UAD-1 PCI card, includes RealVerb Pro, 1176N Vintage Compressor, LA-2A Vintage Compressor, EQ-1 5-band Parametric Equalizer, CX-1 Compressor, MD-1 Modulation Delay, RS-1 Room Simulator and the UAD-1 DSP Card, all for $995…The SoundDiver 3.03 MIDI editor librarian from Emagic ( offers new editors, new OEM versions and is now available in French. In other Emagic news, the company has become a licensee for the POW-r Consortium…Xytech's ( Enterprise Version 4.0 media asset management software offers faster processing, an improved MetaVault Library Manager, a new Job Management module and more…Steinberg released a new series of RADS (Rythmic Architectural Drum Loops) Pocket Fuel Audio Content CDs: Multitrack Drum Loops, Acoustic HipHop Drum Loops and Techno Rhythms and Loops. Visit for more information…NewTech Infosystems Inc. introduced NTI DriveBackup!, which provides backup and recovery using CD-R/RW. Visit www.ntibackupnow.comTascam is bundling BIAS Deck LE with its US-428 USB interface controller. For more information, check out or www.bias-inc.comCool Breeze Systems ( announces Cool School Interactus Logic Audio 4 and Pro Tools 5 tutorials.

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