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Digidesign Announces MasterList CD 2.3, Reverb One
ADAT Bridge now supports 24-bit via optical I/O

by David Nagel
Executive Producer
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We had a load of stories today from Digidesign. The company's showing off the forthcoming Pro Tools 5.1 and has announced the availability of Pro Tools LE 5.1. In addition, the company announced it will be offering Pro Tools 5.0.1 as a free download beginning next month.

Amid these big announcements, there were also some smaller product releases. First, the company will soon start shipping Reverb One, a reverb processing plugin for Pro Tools TDM. According to Digidesign, the plugin is dedicated to a single MIX chip on the Pro Tools|24 MIX platform and includes fully automated real-time processing of all parameters and multiple use on Pro Tools|24 MIX systems. It also includes a set of software shaping tools that allow users to customize the characteristics of the reverberant space, including equalization, modulation, decay optimizations and room reflections. Reverb One is available for both Mac OS and Windows NT Pro Tools|24 MIX and MIXplus systems. It requires Pro Tools software version 5.0 or higher. Reverb One will be available soon. Pricing information was not available, though Digidesign said it would be "affordable."

Also on deck for release is version 2.3 of MasterList CD, a Mac-only CD mastering program. Version 2.3 adds support for two new CD recorders, the Yamaha CRW8424SZ and Plextor PlexWriter 12/4/32. MasterList CD version 2.3 implements 12x write speed with the Plextor PlexWriter, allowing a full 650 MB CD-ROM to be written in about six minutes. The 74-minute record limit has now been removed, and support 80-minute media has been added. MasterList CD version 2.3 also supports all Digidesign PCI audio systems for optional higher quality analog and digital output, including Pro Tools|24 MIX and MIXplus, Pro Tools|24, PCI-based Pro Tools III, Digi 001, and Audiomedia III. MasterList CD 2.3 will be available worldwide for $495. It will be available as a free download for all registered users of MasterList CD v2.1 or higher.

Finally, Digidesign has announced that its ADAT Bridge is now available with 24-bit support via optical I/O ports. Digidesign has updated the ADAT Bridge I/O to support 24-bit transfers through optical light-pipe connectors, as well as updating the D/A converters to 24 bit. The ADAT Bridge I/O is DigidesignŐs 16-channel digital translator peripheral that interfaces Pro Tools systems with Alesis ADATs, digital mixing consoles, effects racks and synthesizers fitted with ADAT optical ports. The ADAT Bridge I/O comes with 16 channels of 24-bit ADAT I/O, 24-bit D/A converters for monitoring and separate AES/EBU and S/PDIF ports for mastering to DAT. The new 24-bit ADAT Bridge I/O is backward compatible with all software and DSP cards that are currently supported with the original ADAT Bridge I/O. Current owners of the original ADAT Bridge I/O are eligible for upgrade. Customers who purchased the ADAT Bridge I/O after June 1, 2000 are eligible for a free upgrade. For existing owners who purchased before June 1, 2000, a $295 charge will cover the complete main-board replacement, new faceplate, parts, labor and return shipping. The new 24-bit ADAT Bridge I/O is available now for $1,245.

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