MERGING+MASSCORE

Say hello to the technology that provides what is truly the most powerful audio engine on the market today for Pyramix and Ovation.

Able to process up to 384 discreet Inputs and Outputs (768 simultaneous) and able to work at sample rates up to 384 kHz and even DSD256, Masscore has got completely unique abilities in the DAW world.

For engineers who need the best, MassCore is the ultimate choice.

Add MERGING+MASSCORE engine to any Pyramix or Ovation pack

Whichever Pyramix 25th or Ovation 9 pack you decide to go for, add MERGING+MASSCORE engine and benefit from our most powerful workhorse.

Plugins running on MERGING+MASSCORE

In addition to extremely low latencies and huge number of I/Os, MassCore provides a powerful platform for plugins running in VS3.

Manufacturers of outstanding plugins such as FLUX, Vincent Burel or CEDAR have developed EQs, Dynamic, Reverb, Denoisers and more in VS3 capable of running in our highest mixing sampling rate: DXD!

Masscore With Ravenna

The native connection to all Pyramix or Ovation systems running on the MassCore engine is with RAVENNA IP Audio.

Should the MassCore system require dedicated I/O throughout, Merging have also come prepared with what is fast becoming the most sought after audio interfaces on the market. Ability to address every possible in and out of the Horus, Hapi or Anubis units (and even multiple units on the same network) puts unbelievable power at MassCore users fingertips.

How does Masscore work?

Normally, in systems that provide “proprietary” audio engines, the user is required to purchase DSP cards which allow the software to make lots of calculations very quickly. The reason that cards are used rather than allowing the task to be given to the computer’s internal CPU is that for a piece of software to access the power of the Intel CPU, it has to ask for the “permission” from the operating system. This method has a single issue with it that makes it almost unusable for professional, high track count productions... and that issue is latency.

DSP cards vs. Moore's law

The even bigger though, problem is that there is an issue with investing in DSP cards as well. As technology continues to develop at lightning speeds, the usable lifespan of computer-based hardware is becoming shorter and shorter. Connectors and chipsets change, software requirements in the DAW increase, plugins require more power… the list goes on and on. This means that even though users can spend the money to enjoy low latencies and incredible power, they are bound to the simple fact that give a few years’ time, they are going to have to make that investment in new hardware technology all over again.

Until MassCore came along:

MassCore embodies the power and low latencies of DSP cards, while staying completely away from requiring a user to make large incremental reinvestments in proprietary hardware technology. And it does this by turning the whole PC into a realtime audio engine of its own.

Ovation & Horus rack at La Grande Gallerie de l'Evolution, Paris

Ovation & Horus rack at La Grande Gallerie de l'Evolution, Paris

MassCore Technology

MassCore technology “hides” one or more cores in a multiple CPU computer and then creates a “pipe” directly between the software and those hidden cores to essentially create an Intel-powered DSP based system. By doing this, the user can enjoy all the power that an Intel CPU core(s) holds (which is a HUGE amount) and does not add any additional latencies as it effectively removes the need for any requests to be made of the operating system with regards to real-time calculations.

In brief, MassCore is capable of the following in a single QuadCore system with no additional hardware required.

  • 384 Inputs and 384 Outputs @1FS (44.1 / 48 kHz)
  • 96 @ 4FS (176.4 / 192 kHz)
  • 48 @ 8FS DXD (352.8 / 384 kHz)
  • 48 @DSD256 (11.2 MHz 1bit)
  • Low Latency from Live in to Live out
Windows Task Manager with one core 'hidden' and available for the underlying realtime OS powering MassCore

Windows Task Manager with one core 'hidden' and available for the underlying realtime OS powering MassCore