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SYPHAnews - 28th August 2001

Welcome to SYPHAnews - a newsletter designed to keep you up-to-date with nonlinear audio and video news, as well as developments at http://SYPHAonline.com (incorporating http://NLEguide.com and http://DAWguide.com).

We will deliver this service to you free of charge every month - unless there is some major news or event which we think you should know about sooner.

New at SYPHAonline.com

The all new DAW Buyers Guide - a buyers guide to digital audio workstations, audio cards and software packages, disk-based multitracks and tapeless recorders - is now launched @ http://DAWguide.com.

If you're interested in random access audio recording and editing products, this is the Web site for you! Now you have FREE online access to our database of over 250 products and can search by application, system type, host platform, audio quality, replay channels, cost range, manufacturer and name.

For the NLE Buyers Guide @ http://NLEguide.com we have a new full listing for:

  • Xpri - Sony

and new entries for:

  • Hollywood DV-Bridge - Dazzle Multimedia, an SCM Microsystems brand
  • DVRaptor RT - Canopus
  • VideoStudio 5.0 DVD Edition - Ulead Systems
  • Igniter LT - Aurora Video Systems
  • Igniter RT - Aurora Video Systems

NLE news

* IBC2001 Preview.
* Digital Voodoo's D1 Desktop 64AV is Certified for Apple's Final Cut Pro 2.
* Accom Adds Audio and Video Interpolator Options to WSD/HD.
* StageTools Announces MovingPicture Plug-in for FASTstudio.
* Videomedia Announces V-LAN Deal for Adobe Premiere Users.
* LaCie Breaks the Hard Disk Throughput Barrier with 35MB/s FireWire Desktop Hard Drives.
* First Avid World and Pro Tools Conference Announced.
* Quantel Calls for Artist of the Year Entries.

* IBC2001 Preview
The news this month is dominated by previews for the International Broadcasting Convention 2001, 14 - 18 September, RAI Amsterdam - some of which is embargoed until the exhibition opens. The next issue of SYPHAnews will contain a full roundup, but until then, here are some highlights:

  • Matrox Video Products Group (stand 7.121) and Leitch (stand 8.331) will both show the Leitch VR445 broadcast video server, which incorporates the latest Matrox DigiServer DTV dual-channel multi-standard audio/video codec card.
  • Eagle Research (stand 7.711) will introduce the EditPro/M portable nonlinear editing system.
  • Dayang (stand 7.610) will show the new X-Edit nonlinear editor and the DayangNet A/V Network system with MPEG4 offline editing.
  • 5D (stand 7.611) will show upgrades to its Masher offline rendering system which opens the Quantel Henry, HAL and EditBox solutions to plug-in effects and 3D, including 5D Monsters and other 3rd party tools such as Maya.
  • FAST Multimedia (stand 2.231) will extend its FASTstudio-based product line and its colour range with blue, offering native editing in all formats.
  • Panasonic Broadcast Europe (stand 10.331) will show the AJ-HDR150 server and the AJ-DE97 DVCPRO 50 version of QuickCutter.
  • Quantel (stand 7.221) will launch iQ for the post industry with new effects and more application and plug-in partners, and Clipbox Studio for broadcasters. Also featured will be Editbox and the Editbox Choice built-to-order option.
  • Incite Multimedia (stand 7.518) will demonstrate the Incite Editor integrated with the Matrox MAX card and real time VIA support, and the Incite Audio Plus using the Merging Technologies Mykerinos PCI card.
  • Discreet (stand 7.421) will announce edit 6.5, and the fact that version 5.0 of both its smoke and fire editing and finishing tools are shipping worldwide.
  • Accom (stand 8.159) will feature the WSD/HD digital disk recorder, the Windows Media and WSD/HD turnkey solution supporting universal Windows Media Encoding of standard and high definition video formats, AFFINITY with new Dimension 8.2 software, and AFFINITY/san.
  • Editware (stand 7.201) will showcase the Fastrack VS hybrid editing system designed for use with video servers such as the Grass Valley Group Profile, the Sony MAV-555, and the Accom Abekas 6000.
  • Optibase (stand 2.249) will launch the MPEG MovieMaker 200S PCI encoding board and the 2nd generation D1 version of the OBAS VideoPump HD-SDI I/O and SDI I/O boards.
  • Fast Forward Video (stand 7.800) will demonstrate its Omega Deck line of digital video recorders and its new OEM board level version of the Recon ultra compact DVR.

* Digital Voodoo's D1 Desktop 64AV is Certified for Apple's Final Cut Pro 2
Digital Voodoo has announced that its D1 Desktop 64 AV has been certified for Apple's Final Cut Pro 2, and that it is compatible with the newer G4s announced at MacWorld 2001 and the new dual head nVidia graphics card. The D1 Desktop 64AV is an uncompressed 10-bit SMPTE 259M SDI standard definition QuickTime video card with audio features for Apple Macintosh G3 and G4 series workstations. The retail price for the D1 Desktop 64AV is US$3,495. See http://www.digitalvoodoo.net.

* Accom Adds Audio and Video Interpolator Options to WSD/HD
Accom showcased the WSD/HD (Work Station Disk/High Definition) recorder at Siggraph 2001 with new digital audio and video interpolator options. The digital audio option provides eight tracks of AES/EBU audio for standard digital audio editing as well as multitrack surround sound production. The video interpolator option allows for smooth playback in speeds slower than normal play for field-interlaced standard definition or high definition material. It processes the video so that it prevents the material from hopping up and down, and image quality is also improved in slow motion playback. See http://www.accom.com.

* StageTools Announces MovingPicture Plug-in for FASTstudio
StageTools has added support for the FAST Multimedia FASTstudio to its MovingPicture pan and zoom application. MovingPicture takes scanned images up to 4,000 pixels and allows for perfectly repeatable pans and zooms directly from a Windows or MacOS platform or as a plug-in to third party editors. MovingPicture is priced at US$199. See http://www.stagetools.com.

* Videomedia Announces V-LAN Deal for Adobe Premiere Users
Videomedia has announced that until 1 October 2001, anyone purchasing a V-LAN Express module from Videomedia will receive a free V-LAN/Adobe plug-in, making a saving of US$250. The plug-in adds frame-accurate device control to an Adobe Premiere editing system. See http://www.videomedia.com.

* LaCie Breaks the Hard Disk Throughput Barrier with 35MB/s FireWire Desktop Hard Drives
LaCie has announced that its high-speed external FireWire hard drives will have a new FireWire controller that provides double the data throughput performance of previous FireWire drives. Available in 20GB, 40GB, 60GB and 75GB capacities, the 7200rpm drives stream data to the computer at a sustained transfer rate of 35MB/s and provide burst performance up to 50MB/s. This makes it suitable for large-volume video and graphic files or capturing video from DV camcorders. The cost is US$229 for 20GB to US$429 for 75GB. See http://www.lacie.com.

* First Avid World and Pro Tools Conference Announced
Mindshare Ventures and Future Media Concepts, with cooperation from Avid Technology and Digidesign, announced the first Avid World and Pro Tools Conference to be held October 7-10 2001, at the New Yorker Hotel, NYC, US. The event will include a two day exhibition, educational classes, and keynote speeches. The seminars and sessions will cover editing and designing tips and techniques for users of Media Composer, Symphony, Avid|DS, Xpress DV, Unity and AvidProNet Review and Approval. There will be separate Pro Tools seminars. See http://www.avidworldeast.com.

* Quantel Calls for Artist of the Year Entries
Quantel has sent out a call for entries for its Artist of the Year Award which is run in conjunction with the Promax and BDA associations. There will be a series of regional competitions over the coming months and the overall winner will be announced at the BDA and Promax annual convention in January 2002. To qualify, any work submitted must have been at least partially undertaken on a Quantel system. To register for an entry pack see http://www.quantel.com/artist but hurry as the submission deadline for Australia/New Zealand is 3 September.

DAW news

* IBC2001 and 111th AES Convention Preview.
* Mackie Ships the MDR24/96 24-Track Hard Disk Recorder.
* Zoom Releases the MRS1044 Multitrack Workstation with FX.
* Tascam Launches CD-R/CD-RW Writer to Partner its 788 Digital Portastudio.
* Fairlight Announces New Appointments.
* Mackie Assumes Distribution of Soundscape Products.

* IBC2001 and 111th AES Convention Preview
The news this month is dominated by previews for the International Broadcasting Convention 2001, 14 - 18 September, RAI Amsterdam and the 111th Audio Engineering Society Convention, 21 - 24 September, New York - much of which is embargoed until the respective exhibitions open. The next issue of SYPHAnews will contain a full roundup and we are expecting some major product announcements, but until then, here are a few highlights:

  • Sonifex (IBC, stand 9.136) will feature the Courier digital portable recorder with a new USB interface.
  • Mackie (AES, stand 1110) will display the new MDR24/96 24-track hard disk recorder.
  • AMS Neve (AES, stand 134) will demonstrate the AudioFile SC editor, with DSP plug-ins and compatibility with Digidesign Pro Tools, and the Logic 3SC offering editing and mixing.
  • Digigram (AES, stand 1444) in conjunction with Audio Precision (AES 2001 stand 400) will unveil a Digigram version of the Audio Precision Application Note for PC Audio Device Performance Tests.
  • Synchro Arts (AES, Digidesign stand 1018) will show the VocALign suite of automatic audio alignment and editing software, VocALign PRO including TimeMod mono and stereo time compression/expansion function, the TITAN solution for soundtrack conforming, and the range of ToolBelt audio utilities.

* Mackie Ships the MDR24/96 24-Track Hard Disk Recorder
Mackie Designs has started shipping the new MDR24/96 24-track hard disk recorder. It is fully compatible with the Mackie HDR24/96, and includes an internal 20GB Ultra-DMA hard disk and a built-in drive bay for Mackie Media M-90 recording drives and Mackie Media Project backup drives. It ships with 3x 24-bit, 48kHz analogue I/O cards as standard, sync and clock capabilities including MIDI MMC and MTC, SMPTE, video blackburst and word clock, and a 100BaseT Ethernet port. The U.S. street price for the MDR24/96 is US$1999 (introductory pricing). See http://www.mackie.com.

* Zoom Releases the MRS1044 Multitrack Workstation with FX
Zoom has released the new MRS1044 10-track digital project studio. It includes a built-in 15GB hard drive, and a mixer section with two-band EQ and a fader for each channel, and velocity-sensitive rhythm trigger pads. It features 44.1kHz sampling, 10 virtual tracks per track, six simultaneous digital effects, built-in drum sounds with a dedicated stereo drum track, bass sounds with a dedicated bass track. The list price for the MRS1044 is US$1,199.99. See http://www.zoom.co.jp.

* Tascam Launches CD-R/CD-RW Writer to Partner its 788 Digital Portastudio
Tascam has launched a dedicated CD-RW recorder to partner its 788 digital Portastudio. The CDR788 plugs into the high-speed SCSI port on the 788 and provides CD-mastering and file-backup facilities, and writes to both CD-R and CD-RW. The record speeds are 12x for CD-R and 10x for CD-RW, and replay speed is 24x, giving an average sustained data-transfer rate of 2.8MB/s. The retail price for the CDR788 is GB£299 including VAT. See http://www.tascam.co.uk.

* Fairlight Announces New Appointments
Fairlight ESP has named John Lancken as Chief Operating Officer and Karl Seglins as Vice President of Marketing. Lancken will be based at Fairlight headquarters in Sydney, Australia, and assumes complete responsibility for the development and execution of worldwide strategy, product development, marketing and operations. Having previously served as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales, CEO of Fairlight U.S.A. and Director of Sales and Marketing, he is a 10-year veteran of Fairlight ESP. Effective immediately, Seglins assumes complete responsibility for the development and implementation of the company's marketing communications programmes, and will report directly to Lancken. Seglins is a five-year veteran of Fairlight ESP having served as Marketing Services Manager.

* Mackie Assumes Distribution of Soundscape Products
Mackie Designs has announced that it plans to assume all distribution activities for products developed by Sydec under the Soundscape brand name. Sydec was acquired by Mackie earlier this year, and this move ends the distribution agreement between Mackie and Soundscape Digital Technologies, the company that has been marketing and distributing Sydec products under the Soundscape brand name since 1993. Under this new arrangement, Mackie will assume responsibility for the distribution and marketing of Sydec-developed Soundscape products worldwide. See http://www.mackie.com.

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