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Saoirse O'Shea
post Oct 4 2012, 11:59 AM
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I spent most of yesterday installing and testing the new 64 bit release version of our mastering daw. For those interested here's a link to it and there's a limited 30 trial of the daw on that site if you want to test it.

Our version is the full sound suite, which costs about £3000 (three thousand) plus about another £200 for the authorisation dongle. You don't have to have the dongle if you only use it on one pc but we also have it installed on a couple of lap tops for location and broadcast work so we need it. The entry level version is around £2000.

A few of the reasons why we use this daw for our mastering are: the PQ editing - something which is essential for mastering; the speed and depth of editing both in real time and off line. The trim window is very powerful for xfades etc and it doesnt hurt to have all the BBC editing hotkey shortcuts smile.gif; the integration with plextor CD writers.

Here's a review of it when it was first released as 32 bit back in Jan 2011.


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post Oct 4 2012, 10:22 PM
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Going to download this trial and abuse it for as long as I can. Then around the 30 day mark will start contemplating bank robberies.
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post Oct 5 2012, 12:29 AM
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The move to 64 Bit everything is really positive step IMHO. smile.gif The ability to FINALLY address more than 4 Gigabytes of RAM seems long overdue in the software world and I"m glad to see it taking shape. Now that ram is so cheap, allowing applications to have just gobs of ram open up new territory for code guys. For example, if an application has 16 Gigabytes of ram available to it, it won't need to hit the swap file on the hard drive much if at all and can process everything an order of magnitude faster as it can all stay in high speed RAM memory.

The physical hard drive has been a bottleneck for years and I"m also glad to see SSD hard drives starting to finall, finally, finally, take over for standard drives. They are not as fast as RAM, but they are WORLDS faster than standard drives so now launching big applications can be quick. And then the app can live in ram and never hit the swap!!! Brave new world smile.gif

IZOTOPE OZONE INSIDE

The BEST part is that I just noticed that Sadie comes with "Custom" IZOTOPE plugins (E.G. Ozone). Just can't get away from Ozone these days smile.gif But hey, whaddya gonna do? It really is the secret sauce of Love/Joy.

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post Oct 5 2012, 04:02 AM
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Haha laugh.gif Brett, you are funny!!


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post Oct 5 2012, 09:18 AM
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QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Oct 5 2012, 12:29 AM) *
The move to 64 Bit everything is really positive step IMHO. smile.gif The ability to FINALLY address more than 4 Gigabytes of RAM seems long overdue in the software world and I"m glad to see it taking shape. Now that ram is so cheap, allowing applications to have just gobs of ram open up new territory for code guys. For example, if an application has 16 Gigabytes of ram available to it, it won't need to hit the swap file on the hard drive much if at all and can process everything an order of magnitude faster as it can all stay in high speed RAM memory.


Recording and mixing extra ram can certainly be useful Todd but for mastering it isn't usually an issue for us. We rarely use plug-ins as pretty much all of our processing is via hardware and most of our work is 4 point editing on checkerboard two stereo lanes. Most of our dlight is more to do with no longer having the daw on an old 32 bit pc.

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The BEST part is that I just noticed that Sadie comes with "Custom" IZOTOPE plugins (E.G. Ozone). Just can't get away from Ozone these days smile.gif But hey, whaddya gonna do? It really is the secret sauce of Love/Joy.

Todd


To be honest I haven't looked at any of the Ozone plug ins as we already have better hardware and software and so don't need them. Ozone is fine for home/project studios but is off the mark at the pro end. I don't really understand why they were included as people who can afford the daw will almst certainly be pros. Now if they had included free copies of Cedar, or even Izotope RX Advanced, then it would have been a big bonus smile.gif.


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Cranesong Avocet II Monitor Controller, Dangerous Music Liasion Insert Hardware Router, ATC SCM Pro Monitors, Lavry Black DA11, Prism Orpheus ADC/DAC, Gyratec Gyraf XIV Parallel Passive Mastering EQ, Great River MAQ 2NV Mastering EQ, Kush Clariphonic Parallel EQ Shelf, Maselec MLA-2 Mastering Compressor, API 2500 Mastering Compressor, Eventide Eclipse Reverb/Echo.
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post Oct 8 2012, 09:11 PM
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I hear ya! You guys have wads of really high end outboard gear so you don't need to use software as much. For folks that lean on plugins for mastering, the ram roof being raised is a real blessing. As you mentioned it's really handy during recording/mixing.

The OZONE plugins in the Mastering DAW you mentioned are custom coded just for use in that specific DAW by ozone so supposedly they are "Mastering Grade" versions of standard OZONE plugin set. If you get a chance to compare them against the standard versions, I'd love to hear how it goes!

Todd

Recording and mixing extra ram can certainly be useful Todd but for mastering it isn't usually an issue for us. We rarely use plug-ins as pretty much all of our processing is via hardware and most of our work is 4 point editing on checkerboard two stereo lanes. Most of our dlight is more to do with no longer having the daw on an old 32 bit pc.



To be honest I haven't looked at any of the Ozone plug ins as we already have better hardware and software and so don't need them. Ozone is fine for home/project studios but is off the mark at the pro end. I don't really understand why they were included as people who can afford the daw will almst certainly be pros. Now if they had included free copies of Cedar, or even Izotope RX Advanced, then it would have been a big bonus smile.gif.
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