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SYPHAnews - 29th January 2002
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For the DAW Buyers Guide we
have a new full details listing for:
- Akai - DD8plus & DD16PBplus.
For the NLE Buyers Guide we
have updated entries for:
- AIST - MovieDV
- AIST - MoviePack VE
- AIST - MoviePack PRO
- AIST - eXtreme.
NewTek Ships Video Toaster 
NewTek is now shipping Video Toaster , a live video production environment
for Windows 2000-based computer systems. It includes nonlinear editing,
live web streaming, character generation, 2D painting and compositing,
3D animation and effects, real time keying, video and audio processing,
and a comprehensive range of production tools. Options include an SDI
I/O module, and a switcher expansion module that adds component, composite
and Y/C live switching, an audio mixer and machine control. The NTSC Video
Toaster  is available immediately and retails for US$2995, while the
upgrade for Video Toaster 1.0 owners is US$495. The dual-standard NTSC/PAL
version of Video Toaster  will ship Q1 2002 and will retail for US$3495.
Compaq Announces Alliance with Avid
Compaq Computer Corporation has announced an alliance with Avid Technology
whereby the Compaq Evo Workstation W8000 will be used as the new global
standard for Avid Media Composer, Symphony and Avid Xpress systems. Other
aspects of the alliance include joint exploration of next-generation solutions,
joint product development, solution testing, and certification. According
to Compaq, its scalable Intel Xeon workstation architecture has been optimised
for demanding applications such as uncompressed video editing, and the
architecture and chassis design of the Evo Workstation W8000 provide the
scalability, robustness and system bandwidth required by high-performance
video editing systems. See http://www.compaq.com.
Matrox Ships DigiSuite MAX 7.0 with Comprehensive
Content Creation Bundle
Matrox Video Products Group has announced that the full line of Matrox
DigiSuite MAX 7.0 real-time editing platforms is now shipping worldwide.
Incorporating real time 3D DVE powered by Matrox Flex 3D architecture,
the Matrox DigiSuite MAX platforms include a comprehensive content creation
software bundle including Adobe Premiere, Inscriber CG, Boris FX, Ligos
LSX MPEG, Pixélan Video Spice Rack Lite, Sonic Solutions DVDit!
SE, and the Sonic Solutions ReelDVD. Three Matrox DigiSuite MAX 7.0 platforms
are available, and all three provide broadcast-quality analogue video
and audio I/O, and optional SDI I/O. They differ only in terms of the
compression formats used for editing. DigiSuite LX MAX provides native-DV
and MPEG-2 I-frame 50Mb/s editing and is priced at US$5995/EUR7790/GB£4395.
DigiSuite DTV MAX provides native-DV, DV50, and MPEG-2 I-frame 50Mb/s
editing and is priced at US$7995/EUR10,395/GB£5770. DigiSuite LE MAX offers
M-JPEG image quality and is priced at US$5995/EUR7790/GB£4395. The MAX
card is also available as an upgrade option. See http://www.matrox.com/video.
Quantel Connects Clipbox to Avid NewsCutter and iQ
to ITK Millennium Machine
Quantel is now offering an interface between the Quantel Clipbox video
server and the Avid NewsCutter. Designed by Marquis Broadcast, the interface
allows Avid NewsCutters to share material with transfer speeds at faster
than real time. Quantel is also offering a new plug-in to allow its iQ
platform to work with the 2k output of the ITK Millennium telecine machine.
The Millennium machine can format 2k images onto a standard HD-SDI interface
at 15 or 7.5fps, and the new HD to 2k plug-in rebuilds the 2k images for
use in post production. The resolution co-existence of iQ allows it to
work with both HD and 2k files at the same time. See http://www.quantel.com.
Linux Media Arts Taking Orders for New SD and HD
Linux Media Arts has announced that its new SD-601 and HD cards are ready
to be ordered. Both include Linux drivers and are bundled with NLE and
3D software, including 2 years of upgrade. The SD-601 card costs US$3395.95
and has a delivery time 2 weeks, and the HD card costs US$10,395.95 and
has a delivery of 4 weeks. See http://
Discreet ships smoke 5 High-Definition and 601 Editing
and Finishing System
Discreet, a division of Autodesk, is now shipping smoke 5, the newest
version of its real-time high-definition nonlinear editing and finishing
system. smoke 5 is designed to optimise the power of the SGI Octane 2
platform, allowing work in HD and traditional standard definition formats
on a single system. New features in smoke 5 include improved import support
for the OMF files; new precision time-lined based Multi-Master Editing
capabilities; and extended integration with other Discreet professional
effects systems. See http://www.discreet.com.
Digital Voodoo Announces Compatibility with Apple
Final Cut Pro 3
Digital Voodoo has announced the compatibility of its D1 Desktop 64 and
Iridium series of capture and output cards with the Apple Final Cut Pro
3 NLE software. The D1 Desktop 64 series comprises PCI QuickTime cards
for the Mac platform that offer uncompressed 10-bit SD capture to disk,
while the Iridium HD series allows users to work with uncompressed 10-bit
4:2:2:4 or 4:4:4:4 dual link video directly in YUV colourspace. The D1
Desktop 64AV, with audio features for edit, retails at US$3495. Dual channel
output, and output-only models are available. The Iridium HD retails for
US$6995. See http://www.digitalvoodoo.net.
Digidesign Announces High-Definition Pro Tools|HD
Digidesign has released Pro Tools|HD, an all-new, high-definition Pro
Tools system that offers multiple DSP power, comprehensive sample rate
support, a high track count and I/O capacity, and extensive routing flexibility.
Pro Tools|HD is available in three expandable core configurations ranging
from 32 I/O channels and 96 simultaneous audio tracks, to 96 I/O channels
and 128 simultaneous audio tracks, and must be used with at least one
of the two new HD audio interface options that support 96kHz and 192kHz
respectively. The system also supports three new peripherals options,
namely the SYNC I/O master synchronisation device, the 8-channel PRE mic
preamplifier, and the USB-powered MIDI I/O that features ten MIDI I/O
ports and supports the soon-to-be-released Digidesign Time-Stamping for
enhanced timing accuracy. Pro Tools|HD system pricing starts at US$7995
excluding an audio interface. See http://www.digidesign.com/sypha.
Cube-Tec Releases the AudioCube 5 Dell530 Workstation
Cube-Tec has released the AudioCube 5 Dell530 Workstation as an entry
level addition to its AudioCube family of DAWs. This features dual 2GHz,
64-bit Xeon processors, a 36GB SCSI audio drive, a CD-RW drive, a DVD-ROM
drive, a dual monitor card, external Ultra160 SCSI, and the Merging Technologies
Mykerinos DSP board. It supports all AudioCube software, including CubeDVD-A,
Quadriga, and the proprietary VPI mastering and restoration tools. It
also fully supports SACD mastering. A 24-channel AudioCube 5 Dell530 will
retail for less than US$12,000, including Steinberg Nuendo and Wavelab
editors, and proprietary CubeRescue and RemoteHelp software. See http://www.cube-tec.com.
Tascam Unveils US-224 Digital Audio Workstation Controller
Tascam has unveiled the US-224 Digital Audio Workstation Controller that
works with both Windows and Macintosh based platforms via USB port, and
is compatible with applications that accept standard MIDI controller messages.
Designed to provide a simple method of getting audio in and out of computers
while offering control of the most commonly-used functions, the US-224
allows control over any number of software faders via four hardware faders
that are selectable in banks. It also has a jog wheel, transport and control
functions for sequencers and DAWs, and can support two inputs and two
outputs of 16 or 24-bit audio simultaneously at 44.1 or 48kHz, via two
balanced XLR and two unbalanced line/mic/hi-Z inputs, as well as S/PDIF
I/O. The US-224 has an MSRP of US$375. See http://www.tascam.com.
Steinberg Announces VST System Link to Exploit Multiple
Steinberg Media Technologies has announced its new cross-platform, cross-application
VST System Link technology that allows Cubase VST and Nuendo users to
combine the power of multiple computers. The link is established via a
simple digital audio cable that uses a single bit of just one audio channel
to connect and synchronise an infinite number of Mac or Windows computers.
Each computer in a VST System Link network adds hard drives and increases
processing power, with the result that users can potentially access as
many audio tracks as desired, as many VST instruments as necessary, and
as many MIDI channels as required, without the usual MIDI timing difficulties.
Emagic Offers Low-Latency EMI 2|6 Driver Update
The new driver update for the Emagic EMI 2|6 Windows USB audio interface
now features latencies as low as 2ms using EASI or ASIO drivers. The update
also features 96kHz sample rate support and Windows XP compatibility.
EMI 2|6 owners can download the Windows driver update free of charge via
the download section at http://www.emagic.de.
Roland Debuts VS-2480CD and VS-1824CD Digital Studio
Roland has debuted the VS-2480CD self-contained workstation that offers
24-track/24-bit digital recording, 64-channel automated mixing, built-in
effects processing, an 80GB internal hard drive, an internal CD-RW drive,
the ability to import Wave files, and a new CD Capture function that allows
users to import selected audio directly from CD. The workstation also
has motorised faders, mouse-based control, and connections for an optional
ASCII keyboard and an external VGA monitor. The new VS-1824CD 24-bit Digital
Studio Workstation is a tabletop system based on the VS-1880 V-Studio.
It offers 288 virtual tracks, 28-channel automated digital mixing, onboard
effects including COSM Guitar Amp and Microphone Modelling, and a mastering
toolkit. It supports 8-track record or 18-track playback from a 10GB drive,
and is the first portable V-Studio to offer a built-in high-speed CD-R/RW
drive for data backup and audio CD creation. See http://www.rolandus.com.
Tascam Unveils PocketStudio 5 Portable Multitrack
Tascam has unveiled the PocketStudio 5 portable multitrack digital recorder
that uses Compact Flash card as the recording medium. It supports four
audio tracks, and has an internal MIDI synthesiser module that can play
back sequences along with the audio tracks. A final stereo mix can be
created in MP3 format and sent to a personal computer via the built-in
USB port, and this capability also allows the Pocketstudio 5 to be used
as a portable MP3 player. Its recording and editing capabilities including
auto punch in/out, copy/paste editing of audio and MIDI tracks using bars
and beats, and track bouncing. The PocketStudio 5 runs for two hours using
standard AA-sized alkaline batteries, includes an AC power supply, a 32MB
Compact Flash card, and a headset microphone to supplement its built-in
condenser mic. See http://www.tascam.com.
Digidesign Announces the Mbox Portable Pro Tools
Digidesign has announced the Mbox portable micro project/home studio that
can be used with any approved USB-compatible computer. It comprises Pro
Tools 5.2 LE software and a small two-channel USB audio peripheral that
has two TRS/XLR analogue inputs with Focusrite mic preamps and 48V phantom
power, S/PDIF I/O, front-panel gain knobs and a source selection switch,
two analogue inserts and zero-latency monitoring, and analogue output
via two 1/4" rear-panel jacks and 1/8" and 1/4" headphone jacks with dedicated
volume control. The included Pro Tools 5.2 LE software also supports the
DigiStudio collaborative tool that allows session media to be shared with
other Pro Tools users via the Internet, including raw audio tracks, MIDI
data, plug-in information and automation. Mbox is expected to ship in
Spring 2002 with an MSRP of US$495. The initial release will be Mac-only,
with Windows-compatibility to follow shortly. See http://www.digidesign.com/sypha.
Steinberg Launches WaveLab 4.0 for Windows
Steinberg Media Technologies has launched version 4.0 of its WaveLab sound
design and audio editing application for Windows. Among the new features
are ASIO support, WDM driver support, a new set of high-quality plug-ins,
support for more audio file formats, Data CD and Mixed Mode CD burning,
a complete set of real-time and offline audio monitors, a backup tool,
a CD label editor, a pitch corrector, and a DTMF generator for telephony
applications. WaveLab 4.0 costs US$549.99. See http://www.steinberg.net.
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