Peak LE 6, the "light" edition of Peak Pro, is now shipping. Last month, BIAS released Version 6 of Peak Pro and Peak Pro XT, the professional edition and an Extended-Technology edition that includes Peak Pro and eight plug-ins for mastering, restoration and sound design.
Peak LE now offers the ability to author and upload audio podcasts directly, without requiring an additional application. Additionally, a new DSP feature, Voice-Over Ducking, automatically lowers the music during a voice-over. Other new DSP features include Change Duration Options for optimization for vocal and musical content, and mono-to-stereo/stereo-to-mono conversion. The Peak LE Playlist has been improved in V. 6 with the inclusion of an advanced PQ sheet/text export feature, which creates custom playlist reports that include durations, index points, CD-Text info, and notes. The reports can be printed, saved to PDF or exported as a tab delimited file.
With Peak LE 6, users can quickly export audio documents or entire playlists into iTunes. Version 6 now supports three simultaneous Audio Units/VST plug-ins. Also included is a Record Timer that automatically automates record stop time and a Record Notepad for entering marker cues during recording. MP2 and FLAC support have been added. Finally, read/write metadata for most major file types, including Broadcast WAV, has been added.
Included with Peak LE and select upgrades is the Peak LE Production Pack DVD, a collection of audio plug-ins, utilities, audio content and more valued at more than $100. Highlights from the Peak LE Production Pack include SFX Machine LT, 21 real-time special effects for creative sound design; Ambrosia's WireTap Pro, which records system and Internet audio streams directly with no loss of quality; a content-limited edition of AMG's "ONE" sample loop player; six-month membership for Broadjam.com (online music promotional tools); 1 GB of audio samples, loops, special effects and production elements from Sound Ideas, PowerFX, Hollywood Edge, Frank Serafine, and ShortWave Recording SFX; plus additional audio utilities.
New retail copies have a suggested retail price of USD $129 and upgrades from previous versions of Peak LE and crossgrades from other editions of Peak are also available. BIAS is also offering special crossgrades from previous versions of Peak LE, DV and Express to Peak Pro 6 and Peak Pro XT 6. For upgrade/crossgrade pricing, additional information and free downloadable trial versions, visit www.bias-inc.com. For additional new-product announcements, visit blog.emusician.com/briefingroom.