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Sep 1, 2008 12:00 PM, By David Weiss

THE LATEST MULTICHANNEL DAW SOFTWARE UPGRADES

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News from MOTU (www.motu.com) comes via Version 6 of its Digital Performer software. New features include a user interface redesign, a CPU-efficient ProVerb convolution reverb plug-in, the MasterWorks Leveler limiting amplifier plug and six new virtual instruments. Also included is XML file interchange with Final Cut Pro, track comping, support for interleaved broadcast WAV audio files, enhanced support for operation as a software front end for Pro Tools HD systems, prerendering of virtual instruments, the ability to “bounce and burn” directly to an audio CD and numerous other productivity enhancements.

PowerTracks Pro Audio from PG Music (www.pgmusic.com) has added Audio Chord Wizard 2, which figures out the chords from any audio CD track, MP3, WAV, or WMA (Windows Media Audio) file and writes the results in PowerTracks' chords window.

RML Labs remains sharp with its SAWStudio (www.sawstudio.com) Basic, Lite and Full — now at V. 4.2. Among the updates to this PC-based DAW are enhanced MIDI Controller API functions to handle the Frontier AlphaTrack's special functions. Sample Edit mode in the SoundFile view has been modified to switch samples at the midpoint between samples instead of at the start of each sample, making Sample Edit control much easier when the user is modifying sample values. The DAW's Video Track Viewer 3 now has added compatibility for some HD MP4 formats and extended compatibility for more MPEG and QuickTime formats.

Digital converter specialist Prism Sound made many changes with its acquisition of SADiE (www.sadie.com), resulting in the current SADiE Series 5 package. Integration with other manufacturers' equipment has been thoroughly addressed, so SADiE can easily transfer between OMF, AES-31 and AAF into its own EDL format, and can now import/export MP2 and MP3 files. as well as record/replay from Mac-formatted drives. The integrated PQ editor, integral to CD creation, has been enhanced: DDPi creation, along with CD text, can now be done directly from the playlist. Waveforms are now automatically created as material is recorded, allowing for editing while recording; more customizable functions and hot-keys bring virtually every single function within the SADiE system under user-definable control.

Sonic Studio (www.sonicstudio.com) cuts in with soundBlade V. 1.2.2. iZotope's MBIT+ redithering and support for AIFC import has been added as part of the base package, User interface and functionality improvements have been made to the QuickTime Interlock option. Sonic EQ LE, a free version of Sonic Studio's minimal-phase equalization, has also been added as part of the base soundBlade package, and the Quartet DynPEQ option — a dynamic equalizer plug-in for soundBlade from Wholegrain Digital Systems — is now shipping. DSD Import has been announced, and export of LPCM files as DSD data is supported.

Released this month are Steinberg's (www.steinberg.net) Cubase 4.5 Essential and Cubase 4.5 Studio. New features include improved support for Yamaha Motif XS and the KX USB Music Studio Series, 45 new acoustic instruments for HALion One by Sonic Reality (including the Yamaha S90 Grand), 250 new drum loops by Big Fish, and Sequel V. 2 Project Import and Sequel V. 2 Content Pack compatibility. The flagship Cubase 4.5 offers seamless integration with the new Steinberg hardware MR816 CSX and MR816 X Advanced Integration DSP Studio, CC121 Advanced Integration Controller. Sequel 2, an update of Steinberg's new software app for music creation and live performance just released last year, offers a range of new features including Track Freeze, hardware controller Learn mode, track icons and more.

Orion 7.5 from Synapse Audio Software (www.synapse-audio.com) now has a new audio engine boasting double-fast operation on processors with multiple cores. Other new features include Windows Vista compatibility, enhanced workflow and interface design, updated VST implementation to V. 2.4 and a new limiter effect modeled after the 1176LN.


David Weiss is Mix's New York editor.






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