A truly beautiful ivory-white 1U enclosure, Hapi is a modular multi-channel microphone preamp and networked audio interface/converter. Like other Merging Swiss-made boxes, it is well constructed and exquisitely designed.
MERGING ANNOUNCES WORLD-RECORD BREAKING TRACK COUNT ACHIEVEMENT FOR DAW WITH PYRAMIX V6.1
Last month you could discover a preview of the amazing new features of Pyramix V6.1 in this very newsletter. Now there’s more incredible news about the impressive possibilities of this version soon to be released.
Experimenting with the latest technology Solid State Drives (SSD’s) we achieved to play (and of course mix in real-time) well over 1000 simultaneous 88.2kHz tracks ! Yes, you’ve read it right, well over 1000 tracks, and this with a set of 2 such drives in RAID0. The exact number we’ll reveal at a prize draw party evening on Saturday May 9th in Munich at AES where we invite you to participate in a little quiz (see below).
SSD’s are very likely to be the successors of current hard disks with the advantage that they are totally silent, use very low power, are expected to be quite durable (no moving parts at all) and have fabulous access times (< 0,01ms). For comparison, regular SATA drives typically exhibit around 10ms seek time.
Besides playing an incredible number of tracks (particularly demanding are one-file-per-track, where data may be scattered all over a hard-disk), Pyramix V6.1, together with these ultra-low latency drives open doors to create projects with phenomenal high density of edits and crossfades. For some of our classical music recording and mastering users 2000 to 5000 edits, or even more are becoming quite common. Multiply this by the enormous number of possible tracks and the requirement of high sampling rate, and you can imagine that such projects will inevitably benefit from storage mediums such as SSD’s.
PYRAMIX MASSCORE & WINDOWS COMPATIBILITY
Since the release of Windows XP SP3 and Vista SP1 Merging recommendation was not to install these service packs on Pyramix MassCore systems.
Meanwhile our dev team has tackled these issues. Windows XP SP3 is fully supported since Pyramix V6.0SP1. The other good news is that in the upcoming Pyramix V6.1 version, having 3GB of physical RAM is functioning well and even recommended. This should ease some bottlenecks, particularly with large Pyramix projects (or Pyramix + VCube simultaneous operation) were a total of 2 GB RAM was a clear limitation.
Vista SP1 requires a new RTX installation. We are still awaiting an update from our supplier (promised as imminent). Until we have this update and we let it go through all our regular intensive test phase, MassCore will only support non-Service Pack Vista. Most probably, we will include support for Vista Sp1 in a second phase (Service Pack ) of V6.1.
From some of the systems using the USB Sync board, a loss of the board was reported when the machine temperature exceeded 40°C. The new driver (V1.0.6 build 19) corrects this issue.
This new driver is already part of the Pyramix V6.1 installer and will be included in the next VCube installer. For all current V6.0 systems it is mandatory to update !
Please ask your local dealer for assistance.
MERGING INVITES YOU TO THE AES
Claude Cellier, Maurice Engler and Stéphane Monhart invite all attendees at AES to participate in our "AES 2009 Pyramix MassCore" quiz to celebrate the launch of Pyramix's latest V6.1 version featuring Display of waveform while recording, On the fly sample rate conversion, Safe Record Mode, Peak logger, Direct monitoring strips and the new ADR/Foley system, a totally self-contained solution integrated with VCube, the video player/recorder. The ADR solution offers a fully configurable interface and user defined functionality for users to define their own workflow procedures and to emulate existing working practices.
On demonstration, Ovation, a live sound media server/sequencer for audio and video is the latest product innovation from Merging designed for live sound applications such as theaters, auditoria, theme parks, and live show applications.
Also on show will be the Pyramix 48 ch DSD/DXD system and the Ramses MSC.
Users sometimes are very inventive when it comes to facilitating their workflow and creating the ultimate way of working for their projects and needs. Always eager to learn from our users tricks we encourage everyone of you to let us know these little secrets that simplify our lives when working daily with Pyramix, VCube, Ramses or any of our products.
This is the first tip in what we hope to become a monthly column; how to create a mixdown in varispeed…
For this issue we take advantage of the ability of Pyramix to run a digitizing session simultaneously with a normal Pyramix session. Knowing this, the first thing to do is to create a digitizing session and a Pyramix project. Make sure that the digitizing’s inputs are connected to the Pyramix’s outputs via your mixer/router/patchbay. Then launch the digitizing session in record, toggle to Pyramix and start to play. Your Pyramix output signal is now recorded by the digitizing session.
As the varispeed function in Pyramix stays fully functional you can play in whatever speed you like (50%, 75%%, etc) using the Virtual Transport Ratio or the jogspeed of Pyramix. This creates a nice mixdown with varispeed !
Very easy and straightforward, and instead of using 2 machines everything stays in the same machine. What more, the newly created file is instantly available in whatever chosen format, sample rate, folder,…
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DXD AND "NORMAL" PCM 24/352.8 ?
Fundamentally there is no difference between DXD and 24/352.8 kHz as regards to the file format. There is however a significant difference in the way a DXD and a regular 352.8kHz project will operate in Pyramix’s mix-engine.
In particular a DXD project will provide all proper mechanisms and filtering to accommodate possible high-level of HF noise (typically audio from DSD originated files will contain significant amounts of HF noise rising rapidly above 20 kHz). For proper operation of audio metering, waveform generation as well as plug-ins such as dynamics (limiter, compressor, expander) it is paramount to filter adequately away this HF noise to provide only a filtered 20-20 kHz information to VU/Peak metering or dynamics side-chain control signals wherever there are throughout the entire mixer. This of course, while leaving the actual audio path itself unfiltered and essentially unaffected to preserve the full bandwidth present in the original material be it DXD or DSD.
This of course is costly in terms of computing power but thanks to the tremendous power available with MassCore technology, it can run on a single Pyramix platform with up to 48 channels.
A regular PCM 352.8 or 384 kHz does not provide for any of these filtering mechanisms and hence is prone to erratic behaviour when confronted with high levels of HF noise material.
INCREDIBLE AND UNIQUE DOLBY E OFFER ONLY FOR MERGING CUSTOMERS
At NAB Minnetonka, our partner in Dolby software plugins, launched a special and limited offer for their SurCode for Dolby E encoder and decoder. A special price was valid when ordering before April 30 th.
Especially and only for you as a Merging customer, we are in a position to extend this offer for another 2 months !
The complete package contains the SurCode for Dolby E encoder, decoder and the
SurCode for Dolby Pro Logic II VST plug-in for a reduced and special SRP of €3’429.00/$4’499.00.
Compare this to the following MSRP prices:
SurCode for Dolby E Encoder SurCode for Dolby E Decoder SurCode for Dolby Pro Logic II VST
Total Value of the bundle:
SRP of €2’669.00/$3’495.00 SRP of €2’669.00/$3’495.00 SRP of €419.00/$550.00
SRP of €5'757.00/$7'540.00
As this is a limited offer only valid for orders reaching Merging before June 30 th., contact your dealer immediately !