NEWS

SEC – home of the 🇨🇭 Swiss Wall Of Sound. Contact us to hear it in action.

Pro Tools Get Current Promo Until 4.1.23

From now until January 4, 2023, you can purchase a 1-Year Upgrade with Software Updates + Support Plan reinstatement at a discounted price. If you have Pro Tools Studio or Ultimate perpetual license with expired updates + support plan, you can use the reinstatement to upgrade to the latest version and get back in the plan. After the reinstatement year, you can purchase normal renewals from us to keep getting the latest updates and access to Avid support.

Contact us to order, we can also activate the license directly on your Avid account without extra cost.

New Avid Carbon Pre

Avid today announced the new Carbon Pre, a 8-channel mic pre expansion for Carbon which can also be used in stand-alone mode.

When used with Avid Carbon, with 2 Carbon Pres you can create a 24 mic input AVB-networked system with remote control on all preamp channels directly from Pro Tools. And because it’s also Eucon-powered, it can also be used with Pro Tools HDX or HD native systems. Thanks to the Mic, Line and ADAT connectivity as well as AVB and ADC functionality, it can be also used as a Mic pre or Core Audio I/O with any 3rd party Mac DAW. Windows is not supported at the moment.

All in all it’s a very clever box with lots of through-out details, contact us for pricing and availability.

Pro Tools 2022.9 Out Now

Avid released today Pro Tools 2022.9 with many new features an bugfixes.

Aux I/O is a major new Pro Tools macOS feature that finally enables flexible routing of audio to and from Pro Tools to a variety of software and hardware simultaneously. With Aux I/O, you can collaborate and review mixes easily by playing Pro Tools audio over Zoom or other conferencing services. You can also route channels to and from the Dolby Atmos Renderer while simultaneously using Pro Tools | HDX Processing, and even record and monitor audio in Pro Tools from other apps.

– Pro Tools now tightly integrates Celemony Melodyne software via ARA 2 (Audio Random Access) for quick vocal tuning and creating harmonies, re-voicing instruments, fixing rhythm timing, and much more.

– SoundFlow Cloud Avid Edition introduces workflow automation to perform complicated, click-heavy tasks in a single keystroke, button press, or shortcut. Whether bouncing stems, navigating plugins in large sessions, or triggering complex workflows, you save time and to stay in your creative flow.

Other new features in the Pro Tools 2022.9 release include quantize Toolbar controls in the Edit and MIDI Editor windows, X/Y sliders for fine-tuning timecode overlay position in the video window, increased marker count from 999 to 32,000, and lots more.

Pro Tools 2022.9 update is now available for all users on an active subscription, or with a current perpetual Software Updates + Support Plan.

SEC @ IBC

Amsterdam is calling again to the biggest broadcast exhibition on the planet and we’ll be there as usual.

After the pandemic break there will be lots of new products and technologies to discover so if you’re coming as well, give us a ring or drop us a mail to set up a meeting.

Heineken and coffee are on us!

Sonnet xMac Studio and RackMac Studio Coming Soon

We’ve been selling Mac Studios like hotcakes lately which makes sense since it’s the best future-proof bang for the buck in current Mac lineup. Soon we can offer perfect companions for it, Sonnet’s xMac Studio and RackMac Studio 3U rackmount systems.

xMac Studio holds one Mac Studio and an Echo III (3x PCIe slot) or Echo I (1x PCIe slot) to add PCIe slots to your setup with easy access to all Mac Studio port. The RackMac Studio enclosure securely holds one or two Mac Studios for larger facilities with multiple studios and a shared machine room.

xMac Studio is the one-stop solution to rack all the M1 Ultra power with your HDX system. Contact us to pre-order yours now!

Atmos Workshop Almost Full – Register Now!

Our Dolby Atmos workshop 24. and 25.5. filled up quickly but we still have few seats left so register now if you want to join us!

It’s our pleasure to also have Anita Dahinden at the show presenting various Audeze headphones models, maybe the best headphones for Dolby Atmos binaural mixing.

All brand representatives are also available to answer your questions during the day. You also have the opportunity to hear our massive Swiss Wall of Sound!

Since we have attendees traveling from whole Switzerland, we won’t start too early. Here’s the schedule (identical on 24. and 25.5.):

13:00 – Doors Open
14:00 – Dolby Atmos workshop with David Ziegler from Dolby
15:00 – Dolby Atmos mixing with Genelec workshop with Eric Horstmann from Genelec
16:00 – Dolby Atmos interfacing and networking workshop with DAD with Jan Lykke from DAD
17:00 – Dolby Atmos Pro Tools workshop with Roman Weber from Avid
18:00 – Apéro
19:00 – End

Hope to see you next week in our showroom!

New DAD Core 256

DAD’s new Core 256 may not take up much space, but the power you can squeeze out of the ½ RU box is jaw-dropping. With tons of channels, a wide palette of digital connectivity, built-in SPQ processing, Eucon control compatibility, internal summing engine and drivers for macOS and Windows 10, it is a pristine digital audio interface by any measure and for just about any application.

The size and shape of Core 256 fits nicely for sharing a 1U rack shelf with a Mac Mini running Dolby Atmos Renderer, Dolby Atmos Production Suite or Dolby Atmos Mastering Suite. For immersive audio post production facilities, this solution will represent the missing link that streamlines and optimizes the multichannel workflows seamlessly. Core 256 is simply the perfect Dante and MADI interface for Dolby Atmos RMU.

The basic I/O configuration for the Core 256 interface is:

• 2 Thunderbolt 3 Ports (each w. 15W power)
• 256 Bidirectional Channels at 48 & 96 kHz
• ASIO / Core Audio Thunderbolt PCIe drivers
• MADI/BNC-Optional 2 x SFP/BNC MADI
• ADAT /Litepipe (16 Ch.)
• DANTE: 256 Ch. at 48 kHz, 128 Ch. at 96kHz (IP Core)
• WC I/O
• SPQ: 64 Ch. with 16 Filters
• Pro|Mon Support
• Summing Processor 64 Output / 512 Input Busses
• Internal Router: 1500 x 1500
• 32bit Floating Point Processing
• Avid Eucon Enabled Devices via DADman
• APPLE Silicon M1 and Intel Compatible Software
• Control via Ethernet or Thunderbolt Connection
• 12V DC External Power (Max 60W)
• ½ Rack Unit 1U Height

Further, the mini module slot can be mounted with an optional dual bidirectional MADI module with optical SFP or mini coax connectors.

Contact us for availability and pricing.

New Pro Tools Artist, Studio and Flex

With Pro Tools 2022.4, Avid introduces new naming and tier structure to Pro Tools. Pro Tools Free is gone and replaced by Pro Tools Artist, a paid but inexpensive subscription.

Pro Tools will be upgraded to Pro Tools Studio, adding many new features like doubling the track count and immersive audio and Dolby Atmos support via Dolby Atmos renderer.

Pro Tools Flex is aimed for For Audio Post facilities and high end music studios. It includes Pro Tools Ultimate subscription and is required for HDX/HD Native systems. Pro Tools Flex subscription bundles Pro Tools Ultimate with additional content and third party products. Among the new features in this latest version of Ultimate is a raising of the native IO limit from 64 to 256 channels making it very interesting to Dolby Atmos mixers.

New perpetual licences will not be available for sale after April 26th but existing perpetual licences will continue to function and you can still keep them up to date with software and support renewals. An important exception is that you can still buy Pro Tools Ultimate Perpetual license bundled with HDX or HD Native hardware.

Pro Tools 2022.4 brings also many new and cool features, details here.

Contact us for details and pricing.

DAD Introduces Thunder|Core Technology, New TB3 Interfaces

Digital Audio Denmark unveiled their new Thunder Core technology, the direct link between pristine DAD audio conversion, flexible routing and your audio computers.

With Thunder|Core, you can run up to 256 bidirectional channels at 48 kHz, 256 channels at 88.2/96 kHz, 128 channels at 176.4/192 kHz or 64 channels at 352.8/384 kHz. And you get control of the audio routing with the included DADman control software.

The Core Audio Thunder|Core driver for Apple Mac computers supports Intel as well as Silicon (M1) CPU processors with a buffer size of just 32 samples. Due to Windows OS limitations the minimum buffer size is 128 samples on Windows computers.

The Thunder|Core interface provides an incredibly fast Thunderbolt 3/PCIe connection with 2 samples latency on the connection and a total of 9 samples in the digital interface – including EQ and summing processing within the unit(!). 

The channel capacity is up to 256 audio channels at 48 and 96 kHz, and the latency at 96kHz is 95 microseconds. The total round-trip latency with an audio software application depends on the buffer size set for the application. With a  buffer size of 32 samples, the latency is 670 microseconds at 96 kHz.

Contact us for pricing and availability and register now to our Dolby Atmos Workshop to see the new DAD Thunder|Core and new Thunderbolt 3 interfaces in action. This is seriously hot stuff!

Save the Date – Atmos for Music Workshop at SEC

Join us 24-25.5. in our showroom in Uznach to discover the new Dolby Atmos workflows with Pro Tools. This time we will have hot news especially for music mixing with Atmos.

On top of the hands-on workshops, you’ll have a chance for a relaxed chat with specialists from Dolby (David Ziegler), Genelec (Eric Horstmann), Avid (Roman Weber) and DAD (Jan Lykke).

This is also a great opportunity to listen to our massive Swiss Wall of Sound with studio monitors from Amphion, ATC, Barefoot, Genelec, Guzauski Swist, Kii Audio, Neumann, Ocean Way as well as of course our 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos setup in our control room with 16-channel Trinnov MC acoustics correction.

We will soon open registration and update you on additional manufacturers which will join the workshop in our Uznach Showroom. 

Save the date and register now!