Genex Audio, a developer of multiformat digital recorders andconverters, recently supplied a GX9048 48-track multiformat digitalsystem to Final Stage Mastering, one of Nashville’s most advancedmastering facilities. The new machine will be used to capture stereoand multichannel DSD recordings during mixdown and for playback atFinal Stage during CD and SACD mastering/authoring.
“We need flexibility in our facility,” said Final Stageco-owner Randy LeRoy (pictured). “The new Genex GX9048 iscurrently configured to handle 8-track recordings but is expandable upto 48 tracks. Because the GX9048 can be used to record in either PCM orDirect Stream Digital mode—and play back either format—wecan offer our Nashville clients an added flexibility beyond anythingthat was previously possible with conventional mastering machines.It’s a major breakthrough for the country musiccommunity.”
Final Stage Mastering will use the new GX9048 within the greaterNashville and surrounding areas to introduce producers to the conceptof acquiring their stereo and multichannel mixes in 1-bit Direct StreamDigital format, as an alternate to conventional 16/44.1, 24/96 andother PCM-based formats.
Recently, Final Stage Mastering used its GX9048 on the new Sam BushKing of My World album of bluegrass music for Sugarhill Records,and will be capturing mixes on a number of important sessions duringthe coming months. “The system worked flawlessly,” LeRoyenthused, “and handled 88.2/24-bit PCM files real well. Thebuilt-in Genex GXR software made mix management easy. I can’twait to put the Genex GX9048 through its DSD paces!”