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TC Electronic Announces MD3 Stereo Mastering Package

Mastering tools from System 6000 - now for PowerCore (August 25, 2004)

TC Electronic is happy to announce the MD3 Stereo Mastering package for PowerCore. This package brings professional production and mastering tools previously only available in System 6000 to the realm of DAWs, and integrates smoothly with important VST- or AU compatible applications for music and post production. The MD3 Stereo Mastering package includes two first-class algorithms, MD3 Multiband Dynamics and BrickWall Limiter, and it will be shipping at EUR 995,-/USD 995,- on September 1st 2004.

"System 6000 is already recognized as an industry milestone, and it is the most research intensive audio processor ever created. It has been a long time wish for us to make some of the unique mastering tools of the System 6000 available to users of VST- and AU compatible applications", says Thomas Lund, Program Manager at TC Electronic.

MD3 features a multiband 48 bit internal resolution structure, and offers a 3-band compressor and expander, a 4-band parametric equalizer, and a limiter in one powerful algorithm. MD3 can be configured for stereo or dual mono processing, and used on single sources as well as composite stereo mixes. Alternatively, stereo material may be processed in the MS domain, or MD3 may take in MS signals and convert them to stereo with processing taking place in either the LR or MS domain. The multiband section has the advantage of adjustable look-ahead delay for gentle processing of transients, while the limiter uses its own overshoot proof micro-delay to prevent output samples above the threshold set.

BrickWall Limiter is a stereo/dual mono limiter with new features and technology. For quite some time, clipping and "maximizing" in production and mastering have been exploited to an extent where most rock and pop releases generate early listening fatigue. When audio gets squashed against a full scale - 0 dBFS - peak level in DA converters and data reduction coders (MP3, AAC etc.), it seems probable that it is higher than the level that the consumer equipment was designed to handle, and sustained distortion may be generated. We call this level "0dBFS+", and no current rules in mastering prevent such peaks from happening. The BrickWall limiter is designed to adapt to the signal, investigate if your signal is contaminated with 0dBFS+ peaks - and to remove them if so decided.

The PowerCore Platform
PowerCore is the open platform DSP engine for professional signal processing for Mac and PC. Its serious processing power seamlessly integrates with any Audio Units- or VST compatible host application. PowerCore includes ten world-class quality TC plug-ins right out of the box. Optional plug-ins are available from TC and a growing number of respected 3rd-party developers such as Access, Sony Oxford, Novation, Noveltech, TC-Helicon, Waldorf and D-Sound. PowerCore is available as a PCI card or as an external FireWire unit.

About TC Electronic
TC Electronic was founded in 1976 with the objective of developing, manufacturing and marketing first class audio products that provide lasting user value for audio professionals and musicians.

Based in Risskov, Denmark, TC sell their products through a dedicated sales force in Europe, and through sales subsidiaries located in Los Angeles (for the North American markets), Mexico (for the South American markets), Beijing (China), and Tokyo (Japan). Independent distributors cover other markets. Currently TC employs close to 185 people worldwide working in 15 different countries.

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