New York (July 20, 2011)–Canadian mastering engineer Ron Skinner has upgraded to the new SADiE 6 software platform.
Skinner has been using SADiE equipment since opening Heading North Mastering, his Toronto-based mastering suite, in 1999. He began with a SADiE 24/96 with 8 channels of I/O and then continued to upgrade, taking delivery of the first PCM-8 system in North America, before finally installing a PCM-H16 with SADiE 6. He has also upgraded his laptop to SADiE 6, using this in conjunction with a BB2-J and sometimes with native hardware.
“I need to keep up to date with the software in order to compete and to stay relevant for my clients,” he says. “This is why I reacted so quickly to the launch of SADiE 6. I literally upgraded the very first day it became available in North America.”
Skinner has worked with numerous local artists, including Irish Tenor John McDermott, Grammy-nominated and Juno Award-winning Jazz saxophonist Jane Bunnett, and Polaris Prize-nominated Elliott Brood and Dan Mangan. He also works as a recording engineer and producer, and is a staff producer at CBC Radio in Toronto, a position he has held since 1992.
Skinner believes that SADiE 6 offers some major improvements over earlier versions of the system. “It has a more modern, attractive look, which may be a small thing but is something that my regular clients noticed right away,” he says. “However, the most important change is the ability to switch from SADiE hardware to Native hardware and back again whenever I need to. This is especially helpful when clients bring in their own I/O. SADiE 6 also gives me the ability to record on any CD burner–not being tied to my Plextor has been great and gives me more options.”