The Tascam CD-RW5000CD Recorder (www.tascam. com) is a $1,299, two-rackspace unit featuring XLR and RCA analog I/Os, AES/EBU digital in, S/PDIF co-ax and optical digital I/Os, sync start and auto/manual track increment functions, plus support for all CD media. Tascam has also announced an agreement with Sonic Solutions (www.sonic.com) to provide file format compatibility between SonicStudio systems and Tascam's MMR-8 recorder and MMP-16player...A free software upgrade for Roland's VS-880 can be found at www. rolandus.com. New features include CD-R backup capability, auto mixing, microphone modeling and voice transformer effects...Cakewalk's Metro 4 has been updated with new notation editing and printing capabil-ities. The software lists at $249; upgrades are free to those who purchased Metro after September 1, $19 for other Metro 4 users. Visit www.cakewalk.com for details...Electronic DNA watermarking technology for broadcast content is the result of a collaboration between Digigram and Solana Technology Development Corp. The encoder will be included, at no charge, on Digigram cards and in developer kits...Steinberg North America (www.steinberg. net) announced it will distribute the Mixman Studio Deluxe application from Mixman Technologies (www.mixman.com). In other Steinberg news, Cubase 3.6 is shipping.