UPGRADES AND UPDATESEmagic (www.emagic.de), E-mu (www.emu.com) and Steinberg (www.steinberg. de) are the most recent developers to announce support for the BeOS multi- media-optimized operating system. Emagic's Logic Audio Platinum, Gold and Silver and Audiowerk 8 will offer support early this year, and E-mu's Audio Production Studio and Steinberg's NUENDO will also be BeOS-compatible this year. Visit Be Inc.'s Web site at www.be.com for the latest developments...Alesis offers a free M20 Version 2 software upgrade, featuring RS-422 9-pin synchronization, to all registered users. Visit www.alesis.com, or call 800/5-ALESIS...This month, HHB (www.hhb.co.uk) expands its range of media related products: The MO5.25GB is a magneto-optical disk, individually tested and certified for a range of equipment. Bulk-packaged CD-R discs, packed 600 to a box, feature a silver reflective recording surface to give the impression of long-run mastering and pressing. And HHB publishes a free new publication, A Guide to Choosing and Using Digital Audio Recording Media, available from the manufacturer and its dealers...DUY (www.duy.es) announces Pro Tools|24 MIX-compatible versions of all its TDM plug-ins; upgrades are free to registered users...WaveFrame (www. waveframe.com) recently signed a development agreement with E-mu-Ensoniq to support the E-mu Audio Production Studio...CD CyClone Duplication Systems introduces the T-8, a self-contained 8-drive CD duplication system featuring an interactive LCD touchscreen and 4x drives. Visit www. cdcyclone.com...Cakewalk (www.cakewalk.com), Yamaha (www.yamaha. com), Event Electronics (www.event1.com) and Digital Audio Labs (www.digitalaudio.com) recently announced they will deliver products for AudioX, Cakewalk's proposed open driver specification for audio software products to control the functionality of advanced PC audio cards. A developers' meeting was held last month in Los Angeles; watch this spot for updates. In other Cakewalk news, ScoreWriter, a low-cost, entry-level scoring application was introduced...Yamahaintroduces a hardware accelerator for Microsoft's DirectMusic application programming interface, enabling the offload of DirectMusic synthesis to dedicated hardware, reducing CPU overhead and latency. More information is available at www.yamahayst.com acSourcery (www.macsourcery.com) and AudioEase (www.audioease.com) jointly introduced Version 2.5 of BarbaBatch, a batch audio processor. New features include QDesign support and segment conversion...A cool tool for Mac users:Walnut Systems' (www.walnutsys.com) Cruise Control, an automation utility for the Macintosh, can turn your computer on and off, check and print e-mail, and power up and run virus scans and backup at night. Retail is $85.