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Emagic Ships Audiowerk8 Surround Kit
Surround mixer includes hardware plus special version of Logic

by David Nagel
Executive Producer
[email protected]

Emagic has released a new surround mixing kit called Audiowerk8 The kit includes the Audiowerk8 PCI sound card and a customized version of Logic Audio—Logic Surround—for professional surround production. The kit supports all current surround formats, according to Emagic.

Logic Surround offers a virtually unlimited number of MIDI tracks and 16 stereo audio tracks. Each audio track features a three-band EQ and two effects busses. There are nine real time DSP effects, including reverb, delay, chorus and flanger. Logic Surround offers a surround panning interface integrated into the mixing surface. It also offers total recall mix automation, including that of effects. Internal Quicktime and AVI support allows the synchronization of sound to picture. Logic Surround also supports the use of up to eight simultaneous software instruments, including the EXS24, ES1 and VST 2.0 instruments.

The Audiowerk8 is a 7" PCI recording card with two analog inputs and eight discreet analog outputs, plus SP/DIF digital I/O. The Audiowerk8 is equipped with PCI busmastering technology to both reduce the load on the computer's CPU and ensure optimal audio performance. Technical data include:

  • Record Channels: 2
  • Playback Channels: 8
  • Connectors: RCA, unbalanced
  • Nominal Level: -10 dBV
  • Dynamic Range: > 90 dB (I-O, A weighted)
  • THD: < 0.006% (1 kHz @ 0 dBFS)
  • Frequency Range: 20 Hz to 20 kHz 0.5 dB (I-O, SR: 44,1 kHz)
  • A/D Converter: 1 Bit Bitstream, 18 Bit equivalent
  • D/A Converter: 18 Bit
  • Oversampling: 128 times
  • Digital I/O Format: S/P DIF
  • Digital Audio Format: 16 Bit linear
  • Nominal Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz
  • Sample Rate Range: 40 kHz to 50 kHz, Resolution 1 Hz
  • Continuous Calibration Technology (external sync)
  • Up to 3 units stackable (24 playback channels)

The Audiowerk8 Surround Kit requires Mac OS 8.6 or higher and a free PCI slot. The cost of the kit is about $400. For more information, visit http://www.emagic.de.

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