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Ucik Inc., parent company of SEK'D America, announced a new division: Swissonic America (www.swissonic.com). Founded in 1999 by MusicNetwork, Swissonic

Ucik Inc., parent company of SEK'D America, announced a new division: Swissonic America (www.swissonic.com). Founded in 1999 by MusicNetwork, Swissonic manufactures digital audio products (AD 24 and DA 24) formerly sold under the name MusicNet. SEK'D also announced TocToTape ($999), a Windows NT-based utility program that backs up Red Book Audio master files created in Samplitude or Red Roaster to data tape drives...Berkley Systems (www.bias-inc.com) introduces Peak 2.1 and Deck 2.7; both programs now offer ASIO support. In other BIAS news, Peak 2.1 is now available in a variety of configurations, including Peak 2.1-TDM Edition ($499), Peak le 2.1 ($99)-a light version-and a new lower-priced version of Peak, minus TDM support ($299)...E-mu/Ensoniq (www.emu.com) news: A development agreement with Intelligent Devices will allow for better integration of PARIS hardware with the user interface, and ensure ongoing system development. Also, E-mu/Ensoniq is now shipping EOS Link software for controlling an Emulator 4 sampler from a Mac or PC, via SCSI. The software is bundled free with E4XT Ultra, E-Synth Ultra and E-6400 Ultra samplers, and can be purchased for the E5000 sampler or previous E4 models...Frontier Design Group (www.frontier-design.com) introduced WaveCenter/PCI, a PCI card with ADAT Lightpipe, S/PDIF and MIDI I/O; it comes bundled with Cool Edit Pro SE. Price is $389...Apogee Electronics (www.apogeedigital.com) developed an AD-8000 conversion system for Steinberg's Nuendo media production system. The AD-8000 Nuendo Edition offers 24-bit A/D and D/A conversion, plus a variety of interfacing, format conversion and sync features. Speaking of Steinberg, the company's new Mastering Edition bundle of six plug-ins, for both PC and Mac, includes Loudness Maximizer, FreeFilter, Spectralizer, Compressor, SpectroGraph and Phase-Scope. Price is $499...Event Electronics (www.event1.com) announced a partnership with DSP developer Hyperactive Audio Systems. The first products to be released under this agreement will offer large-scale 24-bit/96kHz multichannel recording, with real-time DSP, polyphonic sample playback, automation and more...BarbaBatch 3.0 adds support for Real Audio G2, MP3 and QuickTime 4.0 (which includes QDesign's 2.0 codec); check out a demo at www.macsourcery.com ...Drone Archeology (www.numericalsound.com) is an audio sampling CD containing 99 stereo drones in seven categories (Nature, Science, Drama, Industry, Voice, Bell and Drones), ranging from 32 to 64 seconds in length. Price is $99.

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