The new SADiE 6 software marks another major step in the evolution of high-quality audio recording and production tools in the computer environment, allowing a choice between proprietary audio I/O and DSP processing, or standard soundcard I/O and DSP functions running on the host computer.
In addition to the enhanced flexibility of the Windows environment for audio I/O and signal processing, SADiE 6 provides a new platform that will deliver many new and improved capabilities as user requirements evolve, including changes to the philosophy of the automation system and improved and updated capability to support 3rd-party pug-ins.
Solutions using the new SADiE 6 software fall broadly into two categories: live multi-track recording and Studio/Mastering solutions.
Live multi-track recording solutions are branded "SADiE 6 LiVE" and are essentially hardware multi-track recorders consisting of a SADiE hardware unit and dedicated Multi-track Recorder software. The full SADiE software and modules can be added, turning these into full editing systems. The combination of dedicated hardware and software retains the traditional SADiE strengths of low latency, high reliability, bit transparent digital recording in a turnkey system. Additional important features include the ability to make mirrored recordings on two hard-disks providing a simultaneous safety copy, high track counts, and the ability to connect to consoles via MADI, MADI-X, AES-3 or analogue connections.
Initially there are three versions of the SADiE 6 LiVE system:
- LiVE LRX2
A portable system for use with a Windows laptop, giving up to 64 channels of 24bit 48kHz audio over MADI-X using the LRX2 hardware and Multi-track Recorder software
- LiVE H64
a rack mounted 64 channel recorder using the PCM-H64 hardware and Multi-track Recorder software
- LiVE H128
a rack mounted 128 channel recorder using the PCM-H128 hardware and Multi-track Recorder software
Studio and Mastering solutions are based around the new SADiE 6 software and either SADiE or Prism Sound hardware or a combination of each. Examples include:
- SADiE H8 Sound Suite 6
SADiE 6 software plus PCM-H8 turnkey system
- ADA-8XR Sound Suite
SADiE 6 software plus PCM-H8 turnkey system plus Prism Sound ADA-8XR
- Orpheus Sound Suite
SADiE 6 software plus Prism Sound Orpheus
SADiE 6 is available in a range of packages, each designed with a specific application in mind and containing the components and plugins needed for that application. There is also a full package entitled 'Sound Suite' which contains all the SADiE manufactured plugins. The chart to the right shows the components included with each package.
- SADiE 6 Professional
SADiE 6 Professional is effectively the freelance version of "Radio Producer" with the same editing tools, but without the capability to be integrated into a playout system such as VCS. Some plugin options are also not available.
- Radio Producer
Radio Producer is aimed at professional radio broadcasters and radio content producers. It supports options such as VCS Dira! (playout server) integration and what are generally regarded as the fastest speech editing tools in the business.
- Post Suite
Post Suite is for audio and video post production and includes video support, but not some of the audio and CD mastering tools.
- Mastering Suite
Mastering Suite is targeted at audio mastering and therefore doesn't include video components, but does include CD specific tools needed for mastering.
- Sound Suite
Sound Suite is the flagship product of the SADiE 6 range and incorporates support for all features and plugins. The other SADiE 6 products are essentially cut down versions of Sound Suite with features deemed un-necessary in their target market removed.