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TC Electronics Updates Spark XL

Version 2.8.1 adds Audio Units in batch conversion By Dave Nagel
TC Electronics has released an update to Spark XL, the company's real-time digital audio editing suite. The new version gains several feature enhancements and bug fixes, as well as performance tweaks. It's available now for Mac OS X.

Spark XL is an audio editing suite that provides a mastering and editing environment with a variety of tools, including the Spark FXMachine and Spark FXMachine Instrument and a range of filters. Some of these include compressor, limiter, bandpass, resonance, tape delay, one- and three-band EQ, etc. The new 2.8.1 version adds support for burning multiple CDs from a single playlist; Audio Units in the Batch Converter; and mouse wheel and right click events in plugins. It also adds enhancements to speed, play list handling and views. FXMachine also receives improvements in the new version, including new MIDI options and support for Audio Units and application-independent preset handling. A complete list of changes is available on TC Electronics' Web site.

The Spark XL 2.8.1 update is available free for users of Spark XL 2.7 or newer. Upgrades from previous versions start at $99. The full version runs $599. For more information, visit

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Mac OS, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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