Cakewalk SONAR 8.5 Producer
The latest upgrade of Cakewalk’s SONAR Producer offers new beat-creation and arrangement tools, a new drum instrument, enhanced audio quantizing and new multi-stage effect plug-ins for vocals and percussion. Other added features include Matrix View for simple and flexible cell-based, nonlinear audio and MIDI arranging; engine optimizations and stability improvements for recording audio while looping; the ability to hot-swap audio and MIDI devices without restarting SONAR; and access of up to 128 GB of RAM. Among its VST plug-in-compatibility improvements is BitBridgeXR, which lets users run 32-bit plugs in 64-bit environments. Price: $499.
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Minnetonka SurCode for DTS-HD
The SurCode Encoder for DTS-HD is an audio encoder for Apple’s Compressor 3. The new plug–in is capable of producing encoded streams directly from both Apple Final Cut Studio and Logic Studio. DTS-HD brings Blu-ray encoding via the Compressor 3 ($249) and QuickTime ($29) applications. The encoder plug-in can create a wide variety of .dtshd-encode types, from lossless DTS-HD Master Audio found on hundreds of Blu-ray disc titles to lower-bit-rate DTS Express, a widely used Bonus View and BD live codec. It can also encode DTS-HD High-Resolution Audio and DTS Digital Surround bitstreams at sample rates of 48 kHz and up to 6.1 channels.
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Sonic Studio secureDDP
secureDDP is a Mac OS–based DDP Utility that allows you to deliver DDPs for your clients. Studios can now provide secure delivery and playback of DDPs for their Mac OS–based customers. Advanced DDP Player supports embedded DDPs for enhanced ease of use for your customers.
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