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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!

Focusrite Pro Chooses SEC

Focusrite makes audio interfaces, and that’s all they do. It’s the job of an audio interface to sit between you and your sound being shared with the world, and Focusrite is one of the best in the world at making that happen.

We’re proud to announce that Focusrite professional audio interfaces are now available at SEC. Contact us for info and quotes.

Andrew Scheps Mixing with Dolby Atmos

Check out how Andrew Scheps uses his Pro Tools HDX, Avid MTRX and DAD DADman software with Dante and MTRX’s Sample Rate Conversion for his Dolby Atmos workflow.

“The realtime samplerate conversion is astounding! I have to say that the MTRX interface – A/D, D/A, samplerate conversion, all of it – is the best-sounding interface I have ever used. It’s insane how good it sounds!” – Andrew Scheps

We’re Hiring

We’re looking for another passionate pro audio professional for our growing team. Do you have firm pro audio and IT background with sales, support and management experience? Are you looking for new challenges?

If so, drop us a line, we’re hiring! We offer a chance to work with interesting projects and customers at the very high end of music, broadcast and film post worlds.

Have a look at our website and Instagram feed and you get pretty good idea what we’re doing and who we are dealing with. Looking forward to see your CV!