TC Works is holding a special Christmas promotion for SparkLE, the new real-time audio editing and authoring application for Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. From now through the end of the year, SparkLE will be available as a download for US$19.95 — the regular price is $49.
SparkLE is a real-time audio editing and authoring application for Mac OS X. It’s based on the company’s hi-end audio processing application SPARK and supports Mac OS X’s Core Audio functionality. SparkLE has the same browser view with access to the Project Database, the Wave Editor and the Play List, all found in one window.
CoreAudio code produces measurably less latency than other operating systems when running multiple applications. Long latency can result in a delay from the time a musician plays a note until they hear it on the computer — particularly annoying to musicians who are trying to record live performances.
SparkLE includes a plug-in bundle with a mastering quality audio maximizer, a flexible tempo delay and a one band EQ with selectable notch, low pass, high pass and parametric types of equalization. A real-time master window provides high-resolution metering and 4 slots for plug-in processing.
The play list section allows for fast, complex and non-destructive audio edits and CD project preparation, according to Ralf Schluenzen, CEO of TC Works. Key features are the unlimited real-time cross fading and the export in Roxio Toast format for easy CD-burning, he added. SparkLE also features enhanced QuickTime movie support, enabling audio production for digital video with frame accurate and stutter-free movie playback and instant resizing of the movie window, Schluenzen said.
All major audio file formats are supported, from AIFF, WAV, SDII and MP3 to all file formats available through QuickTime. SparkLE includes MP3 encoding for Web-authoring, featuring the original Fraunhofer codec for optimal results with bit rates up to 320 kBit/sec. SparkLE is compatible with VST plug-ins and features sample rates of up to 192kHz and bit depths from 8- to 32-bit. The real-time sample rate conversion even enables playback and editing of high-resolution files without requiring optional professional audio hardware, Schluenzen said.
In January, an advanced version of SparkLE will become available, addressing even more needs of the media authoring community with MP3 encoding, featuring the original Fraunhofer codec for optimal results with bit rates up to 320 kbps and enhanced QuickTime support.
This version will be available for $49; registered users of the current SparkLE 2.1 will have access to a special update at a reduced price of $10.