Musikmesse: BIAS Launches “Spark to Peak” Spring Promotion

Apr 2, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors

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BIAS Inc. announced at Musikmesse that Peak 4.1 (currently shipping) is now offered at a discount to users of TC Works and TC Electronic's Spark and Spark XL audio software, available until June 31, 2004, for $299, a $200 discount.

“As we have now discontinued further development of Spark, we're pleased that BIAS is offering special pricing on Peak for our customers," said Uffe Kjems Hansen, VP of product development for TC Electronic. "Since the PowerCore platform is fully compatible with Peak 4.1, we're able to offer support for the Peak community and our hardware-based software plug-ins."

"We have tremendous respect for TC Electronic and their excellent hardware and software products and staff. This is why we have never offered a ‘competitive upgrade’ in the past," said Jason Davies, VP worldwide sales for BIAS. "We respect their customers and it is with this in mind that we now offer our solution at a discount. As a response to many direct requests from Spark customers, we're pleased to offer this special promotion. Welcome to Peak!"

Peak 4.1 offers MP and multithreaded processing, a flexible and streamlined brushed-metal interface, support for VST and AudioUnits plug-ins, and powerful new processing tools including ImpulseVerb, Sqweez Harmonic Rotate and more. It also includes Roxio's Jam 6 Mac OS X and SFX Machine LT, a limited edition of the multi-effects sound design plug-in.

TC Electronic’s PowerCore is the open-platform DSP engine for professional signal processing for Mac and PC. Its processing power seamlessly integrates with any AudioUnits- or VST-compatible host application, including Peak 4.1. PowerCore includes a multitude of TC plug-ins out of the box; optional plug-ins are available from TC Electronic and a growing number of third-party developers such as Sony Oxford, TC-Helicon, Access, Novation, Waldorf and D-Sound. PowerCore is available as a PCI card or external FireWire unit.

To qualify, customers of Spark and Spark XL must send in the cover of their user/installation guide and serial number. (Instructions are included with the Peak 4.1 cross-grade package.) Only Spark and Spark XL customers qualify (users of Spark ME, LE, Plus and other non-XL or full Spark editions are ineligible.

For additional information, visit the BIAS Website at www.bias-inc.com.

In other BIAS news, its SoundSoap Pro, a high-end audio restoration plug-in for Mac OS X and Windows XP, is now in final beta testing and is being prepared for release.

"We've had enormous interest in SoundSoap Pro since our initial unveiling at AES and are excited to soon bring this amazing restoration tool to market." said BIAS’ Davies. "Customers have been waiting for a professional restoration solution in the $599 U.S. price point and we're pleased to be offering it soon. Our unique integrated approach, state-of-the-art algorithmic technology and broad host compatibility make SoundSoap Pro an irresistible solution for those in need of professional results for nearly half the price of competing products.”

SoundSoap Pro uses a unique integrated interface that allows the user to access any tool from a single plug-in window. Tool navigation tabs are labeled "Hum & Rumble," "Click & Crackle," "Broadband" and "Noise Gate." The tabs provide parameter feedback, allowing the user to monitor the primary tool settings globally, regardless of which tool is currently selected.

SoundSoap Pro's approach to multiband noise reduction focuses on speed, usability and performance. It groups 512 bands into 12 discrete threshold and reduction sliders, which can be easily grouped with a Lock button, and 12 level meters assist in threshold adjustments. When used with SoundSoap Pro's additional attack, release and tilt controls, tough broadband noise can be easily and dramatically reduced, while minimizing the chance of any inadvertent artifacts.

SoundSoap Pro's tool area features a global real-time spectrogram, providing constant visual monitoring of spectral noise that may be in need of treatment. With its color codes, the spectrogram allows users to discern problem areas and make relevant tool adjustments, and users can easily hear the noise they are reducing by selecting "Noise Only." The Noise Only button allows the user to hear on a global level only what is being removed.

SoundSoap Pro is designed for plug-in hosts, including Peak 4 (VST/AudioUnits), Pro Tools (RTAS), Logic Audio/Digital Performer (AudioUnits), Nuendo/Cubase SX/Wavelab (VST), Sonar (DirectX) and many other compatible hosts.

BIAS SoundSoap Pro will be available soon for a SRP of $599. SoundSoap users will be offered an upgrade path to SoundSoap Pro when it is available. Additional information can be found at www.bias-inc.com/soundsoappro/.






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