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Sonic Studio Intros SACD/DSD Product Family

Sonic Studio LLC, makers of the Sonic Studio line of audio mastering workstations, announced their new family of products for DSD format mastering and SACD authoring. The three products, DSD.1, DSD.X, and SACD.1 allow facilities to tailor their investment in DSD/SACD technology to their particular workflow requirements.

DSD.1, consisting of an 8-channel processor card and the DSD version of Sonic Studio’s application software, is a multichannel DSD-native assembly system. DSD.1 features 8 playback channels with crossfades or 16 without, through an 8 channel, SDIF-3 breakout cable.
DSD.X is an optional add-on processor board for the DSD.1, containing four Sony Oxford D-MAP DSD processing and mixing modules and the Sony Oxford SuperMAC 24 channel DSD interface. The DSD.X adds eight additional channels (with cross fades) of DSD to the DSD.1 along with multichannel DSD-native EQ and dynamics processing. The DSD.1/DSD.X combination has a total channel count of 16 with crossfades.

SACD.1 is Sonic Studio’s Scarlet Book layer authoring application for SACD. SACD.1 operates integral with the DSD.1 system software or stand-alone on its own Macintosh, allowing facilities to optimize their SACD workflow by separating the mastering and authoring functions. SACD.1 affords full preparation of an SACD image, from import of any compatible DSD-IFF files, through delivery of a final Scarlet Book layer on AIT or DLT tape. SACD.1 will work with any DSD-IFF files, not just those produced by the DSD.1.
Sonic Studio expects to ship DSD.1 and SACD.1 in the second quarter of this year. DSD.X will follow soon thereafter.

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DTS XD10 Cinema Media Player

DTS has introduced the XD10 cinema media player, the first product in their new line of products being developed for the future of cinema. Engineered to deliver up to 10 channels of scalable digital surround sound, the XD10 is an expandable, reliable and user-friendly media solution for pre-show and feature film presentation. The XD10 is also compatible with both traditional film playback and emerging Digital Cinema.

Containing an internal hard drive capable of storing up to 30 feature film soundtracks, the XD10 gives distributors and exhibitors the flexibility of storing multiple languages of one title or multiple titles. The product is also capable of playing back enhanced video for alternate media, and has networking and pre-show programming features for an integrated presentation.

The XD10 also offers DTS 96/24 and DTS NEO:6 audio playback.

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AKM AK5365 A/D Converter

Asahi Kasei Microsystems Semiconductor, Inc. (AKM) has introduced the AK5365, a low-power 24-bit analog-to-digital audio converter. The device provides 8–96 kHz sampling, a 5-input selector, analog ALC, and built-in recording volume controls, making it suitable for professional audio/video devices and consumer electronic applications.

A unique feature of the AK5365 is its ALC (Automatic Level Control). This analog circuit automatically attenuates or increases the incoming signal level depending on program material. The ALC can also perform constant loudness functions or audio limiting and compression.

Available in a 44-pin LQFP package, the AK5365 is priced at $6.34 in 1K quantities. Evaluation boards and samples are available now directly from AKM.

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ISP Technologies Matrix Live Surround

ISP Technologies’ Matrix Live Surround is the only live multi-channel surround system available on the market that lets not only prerecorded music be played in surround, but live bands can perform in surround as well, according to the company.

The Matrix subwoofer can be used with any stereo mixer to decode any stereo signal. Connect the stereo output from any stereo mixer to a stereo input of the Matrix subwoofer. The Matrix subwoofer also includes a discrete 5.1 interface that allows you to use the AUX sends or bus outputs from your mixer to feed the system, providing total channel separation. The system will support a 4.1 or 5.1 output channel configuration, which is switch selectable on the Matrix interface. Simply connect four or five satellite speakers and you’re ready for a true live surround sonic experience.

The Matrix subwoofer rear controls include individual channel level controls to balance the level of the system and even includes a remote input to allow the Master system level to be adjusted from the mix position. All discrete inputs are balanced on a 25-pin D sub connector following the same standard pin configuration as the 8-channel digital multitrack recorders.

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