SADiE announced the imminent availability of software Version 5.3 for its Series 5 range of digital audio workstations. Timed to coincide with the launch of the new SADiE PCM-H64 large scale multitrack post-production DAW (discussed later), the update introduces many new multitrack editing features.
In the update, streams or clips do not have to be grouped or recorded simultaneously or have exactly the same start time to allow the normal playlist editing modes to be used. This feature can be used with the Edit Group Selection. A vertical toolbar on the left of the playlist allows the user to select particular sets of streams for editing or record enabling. Multiple groups of streams can be defined (such as drums, rhythm, solos, vocals, backing vocals, etc.) and then selected with a single click for operating upon the contents.
Support has been added for the Yamaha DM2000 mixer, which will be able to control SADiE’s core functions. It is anticipated that control command support from other consoles such as the Mackie HUI will be possible by the time of release.
SADiE will now be able to operate as a slave device to an RS-422 9-pin controller. In addition, the new version provides improved video support for the Matrox Parhelia video card to provide greater stability and improved sync performance at high-quality settings. Users can edit the video stream within SADiE. Also, the company’s AAF implementation is now fully compliant with the Edit Protocol (AAF V. 1.1). In addition to AAF, the optional Pro Tools 5.0 plug-in will offer much easier import from Avid and Digidesign equipment.
The PCM-H64, a new large-scale multitrack DAW for post and music applications, features the company’s TNG3 processor card, which is . capable of the editing, equalization, control of dynamics and mixing into full surround of up to 64 channels of 48 kHz/24-bit audio, or up to 16 channels at 192 kHz/24-bit. All editing and processing are performed in real time.
The SADiE PCM-H64 system is fully modular in terms of processing power and input/output capabilities. Inter-card busing enables complex mixer structures to span multiple processing cards. Input/output options are extensive and will include high-quality analog, digital and MADI at standard or higher sample rates. Up to four cards can co-exist in the same system, providing 12 Gflops of DSP power in a single computer dedicated to processing audio.
The hardware will be supported by the new SADiE Version 5.3 software, providing numerous audio post-rich features, including true multitrack editing, edit group selection, interface to the Yamaha mixer range, 9-pin slave functionality, improved AVI video support (including direct editing of the video stream and specialized hardware solutions) and full compliancy with AAF V. 1.1, including the Edit Protocol, with greatly improved import capabilities from a variety of other applications.