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are staying busy making Mac compatible audio solutions. Already this month they’ve released SparkME and SparkLE; now they’ve unleashed PowerCore 1.5, the open DSP (Digital Signal Processing) hardware platform for any VST or MAS recording application on Macs and PCs.
Registered PowerCore users can download the new software free from the TC Works Web site — It will be in stores Dec. 7.
The included software package provides a collection of DSP Tools. With approximately 40 percent less native CPU-load per PowerCore Plug-In, PowerCore 1.5 optimizes host performance even further, according to TC Works spokesperson Claudia Steffens. Since version 1.0, the card has included the industry standard FX-package TC Tools, which sports technology from TC Electronics’ hi-end hardware products like the M5000 Reverb, TC1210 Modulation FX and Finalizer EQ Section.
PowerCore 1.5 adds a host of new plug-ins and tools, including TC VoiceStrip, a complete channel strip for voice sound processing. Formerly part of the VoiceTools package for Pro Tools, this plug-in includes Vintage Compression, DeEssing, a special 3 Band Voice-EQ, Gate and Lo Cut EQ TC SoftSat saturation for analog emulation.
The TC VintageCL is also a part of PowerCore 1.5. It employs a different compression algorithm from TC VoiceStrip, emulating the behavior of industry-standard analog compression, aiming at general purpose rather than specific applications. You can run up to 24 of these compressor/limiter plug-ins on your PowerCore. And the vintage compression model brings back the sound of analog hi-end compressors, Steffens said.
TC PowerCore 01, a monophonic virtual analog synth, will be available to registered users as a free download by end of December. It’s the first of a new kind of virtual instrument plug-in, interfacing with VST, but running the DSP code on the card, again freeing up a lot of native CPU for other processes, Steffens said.
And until March 1, 2002, MasterX3, the virtual version of the Finalizer mastering processor, is included in a time-limited introductory offer.
PowerCore 1.5 has a suggested retail price of US$1,299. Mac system requirements are a Power Mac G3 or G4 PowerMac with PCI slots, 128MB of RAM , Mac OS 9.x, y sound system supported by the VST application, and any VST or MAS-compatible recording software such as Logic, Cubase, Nuendo, Digital erformer or Spark.