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Traditional hardware mixers have INSERT points for your outboard of choice. In the virtual world, "outboard" is written as a plug-in, the most well known of which conform to Digidesign’s TDM buss for ProTools, but there are others including Real Time Audio Suite (RTAS) and Audio Suite. RTAS and AudioSuite are also Digidesign formats; RTAS being the native plug-in format for the Digi-001. For example, Kind of Loud has announced TDM, RTAS and MAS versions of their RealVerb 5.1 plug-in.
MOTU Audio System — MAS — is another software "engine" for Macintosh. (MAS is the native format used by MOTU’s Digital Performer.) In addition, Waves, Arboretum, TC Works, Antares, Bomb Factory, Cycling 74, Audio Ease, Metric Halo Labs, DUY Research, BitHeadz, Koblo, Native Instruments, Propellerheads are all plug-in developers that support the MOTU format. AudioDesk is the audio-only version that’s bundled with their 2408 audio interface. In addition to sample-accurate transfers to and from tape, it is possiblwe to zoom in to the sample level and even nudge the audio one sample at a time.
Virtual Studio Technology — VST — is an "open" plug-in architecture from Steinberg for the Windows OS. (VST was first written for the MacOS version for Cubase. Over 250 VST Plug-ins are available.) Other Windows plug-ins are referred to as "Direct X" but the term is different than Microsoft’s DirectX set of multimedia tools (DirectDraw, DirectSound, DirectPlay, DirectInput, and Direct3D). This confusion has come from Microsoft changing the names of their technologies way-too-often. What does matter is that audio data is processed as efficiently as possible without interruption.
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LINKS TO COMPANIES MENTIONED IN THIS ARTICLE
|Creamware||Luna, Scope & Pulsar||creamware.de|
|Digidesign||The ProTools Family||digidesign.com|
|Kind of Loud||Surround Plug-ins||kindofloud.com|
|Minnetonka||MxTrax and Mx51||minnetonkaaudio.com|
|Mark of the Unicorn||MIDI TimePiece AV||motu.com|
|Studio Audio & Video||SADiE||sadie.com|
|Sonic Foundry||Acid, Sound Forge, Vegas and CD Architect||sonicfoundry.com|
|Sonictimeworks||Direct X plug-ins||sonictimeworks.com|
|Soundscape||R.Ed and Mixtreme||soundscape-digital.com|
|Syntrillium||Cool Edit Pro||syntrillium.com|
|Wave Digital||PCs for Audio Apps||wavedigital.com/|
Table One: List of some of the manufacturers mentioned in this article
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Soundscape’s MIXTREME with its Motorola 56300 DSP
Yamaha’s DSP Factory: Look at all those chips!
ADAT EDIT PCR: I/O but no DSP
Steinberg’s NUENDO: I/O but no DSP
Figures 2A, 2B & 2C Insert Images:
Zooming in to all tracks on ADAT EDIT does not reveal enough information to view and correct phase between tracks.
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The waveform edit window of ADAT EDIT
Zooming in on all tracks using Cool Edit Pro allows precise phase alignment of drum tracks to minimize low frequency cancellation.
Checking snare phase on all drum tracks using Cool Edit Pro.
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