has made some exciting announcements regarding the Mac platform — Peak and Deck, the companies flagship professional audio programs, will soon support Mac OS X.
Peak is the company’s two-channel digital audio editing program for the Mac. The Carbonized version is scheduled to be released in November, making BIAS one of the first developers to release a professional audio tool to support the new Mac operating system, according to Christine Berkley, BIAS vice president of marketing.
A Carbonized version of BIAS Deck — the multitrack audio editing, mixing, and signal processing program, with support for up to 999 virtual tracks, real-time automated mixing, and multiple plug-ins — is due soon after the Peak release, she added. Along with supporting all the enhancements provided by OS X, the forthcoming versions of Peak and Deck will also run under OS 9. In developing these new versions of Peak and Deck, BIAS is working to ensure that both programs are fully compliant with Core Audio, a key component of Mac OS X, Berkley said.
“Our customers will certainly benefit from OS X’s more publicized features, such as protected memory space for enhanced system stability, and, of course, the very cool Aqua interface,” she added. “But thanks to Core Audio, Peak and Deck will also support new generations of multichannel, multiclient hardware, with performance that can exceed 24-bit/96kHz. Just imagine, for instance, running Deck on channels 1 through 6 of an audio interface, while simultaneously running Peak on channels 7 and 8 — and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.”
Details such as pricing and new feature enhancements for the forthcoming Mac OS X-compatible versions of Peak and Deck haven’t been announced yet.
Meanwhile, Deck VST 3.0, a brand-new version of the product is now shipping. This upgrade expands Deck’s real-time effects capabilities and includes a major update to the program’s graphic user interface, Berkley said. Closely following the recent release of Deck 2.7, which included integration of Steinberg’s popular ASIO standard for third-party audio hardware, this new version of Deck now offers support for VST, Steinberg’s widely adopted real-time plug-in format. Deck VST 3.0 also ships with more that 25 free VST plug-ins, including Waves AudioTrack, featuring Paragraphic EQ, Compressor, Limiter, Expander and Gate.
“We are pleased to bring VST support to Deck,” said Jason Davies, vice president of worldwide sales for BIAS. “Deck has always been a leading native Macintosh multitrack recording, editing and mixing environment. Adding support for VST plug-ins, a standard for native audio processing on the Mac, is a natural development direction for Deck, and one that our customers will greatly benefit from.”
In addition to VST plug-in support, Deck 3.0 sports a brand-new user interface. The new interface gives the program a more modern look, a welcome addition since Deck’s graphic user interface has largely remained the same since 1997, Davies added.
Deck 3.0 is available now at a suggested retail price of US$399. BIAS Deck 2.7 owners are eligible for a free upgrade to version 3.0; owners of previous versions can choose from a variety of upgrade options. Visit the BIAS Web site for details.