updated 10:00 am EST, Tue January 14, 2003
At XL 2.7, an update to its realtime digital audio editor that will include direct CD-Burning from within Spark XL's Play List. This version will only support Mac OS X. (Version 2.6, released last November, featured hi-end dithering and Noise Shaping MegaBitMax, AAC/MP4 support, and W64 file format support.) The free update to the $600 application is due at the of February.
The company also showcased Assimilator, an innovative processing tool for PowerCore that processes the EQ-curve of any reference mix onto any target material. It can be used for any application from sound design to mastering, using its phase-linear processoring and FFT (Fast Fourier Transform) to achieve results that are "comparable to 1000s of common equalization bands running." It began shipping in December for $399 and is currently compatible with Mac OS 8/9.
TC Works has also announced a Mac OS X driver for its PowerCore DSP card ($1,200). This update also adds Apple AudioUnit Plug-In support and a further enhanced system performance. All users of Emagic's Logic Audio, Steinberg's Cubase SX or other applications with VST or AudioUnit Plug-In support can take advantage of the new OS X driver. A version for MOTU will follow later this spring. PowerCore includes nine rackmount-quality processing plug-Ins. PowerCore 1.7 for Mac OS X will be available in March.