Eddie Ciletti puts Soundscape's power in perspective

Mar 1, 2003 12:00 PM


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The Channel History

I first reviewed Soundscape in 1994 after which I purchased two systems (8-tracks each) and then upgraded both to 12 channels plus real-time effects. That the system is still running on a Pentium and only last summer did software development — which had been running concurrently with Soundscape 32 — reach the limit of the hardware is testimony to the foundation on which the system was built. Compared to that old hardware, Soundscape-32 adds 8 tracks and higher resolution, in half the rack space, with the same familiar interface. Soundscape has been in existence since 1993. Two years ago Mackie purchased Sydec — Soundscape’s Belgian parent — translating into higher visibility and more users on this side of the Atlantic.

Playing The Slots
Computers are remarkably powerful and fast, yet there is still a system performance limit as determined by the weakest link. This might include the operating system, a hard drive's performance as well as the PCI slots and what’s stuffed into them. Not all cards play well with others, not all PCI slots equally gifted.
I am a firm believer in dedicating a computer to a minimal number of tasks. That said, my own PC is a dual-processor Celeron, running Win2k, with dual monitors and five PCI slots. Four slots are stuffed with cards — Network, Soundscape Controller, Soundscape Mixpander and Canopus (for video capture). I wanted to fill that last slot with a Creative Labs Audigy2 card — it has a soft DVD-A player as well as a Game Port for MIDI (to interface with the MotorMix controller) — but as soon as that slot was filled all sorts of bizarre things started happening. That card will go into another computer. A generic sound card worked just fine in one of the ISA slots.

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