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OTHER COOL STUFF THAT WE JUST HAPPENED TO LIKE

No, this isn’t a comprehensive list. Hey, it was an AES show, with more stuff than you could fit in three times the number of pages we have available. But here’s some of what caught our attention. Looks like Steinberg’s migration of Cubase and Nuendo to the same code base has finally borne fruit. Nuendo 3 cuts th
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No, this isn’t a comprehensive list. Hey, it was an AES show, with more stuff than you could fit in three times the number of pages we have available. But here’s some of what caught our attention.

Looks like Steinberg’s migration of Cubase and Nuendo to the same code base has finally borne fruit. Nuendo 3 cuts through the “should I use Cubase or Nuendo”? question by adding a slew of post-only features that firm up Nuendo’s niche as a post-production tool. www.steinberg.net

You never thought of a CD/DVD printer as cute, right? Well, check out Primera’s Signature Z1, which connects to Windows XP/2000 machines via USB 1.1/2.0 and prints with waterproof thermal transfer ink. Each disc takes less than a minute to print. www.primera.com

The Sony Pictures Sound Effects Series is a five-CD collection of sound effects from the Sony Pictures studio archives. That’s right — not sound effects made for movies, but sound effects taken from movies. Would that be considered “reverse engineering?” Sony also introduced their Premium Collection loop libraries — two-CD sets with 24-bit resolution. www.sony.com/mediasoftware

Digidesign’s Pro Tools 6.7 Software for Pro Tools|HD and LE Systems now offers tempo-dependent audio placement, tempo-dependent automation, graphic tempo editing, precise control of meter changes, MIDI step input, enhanced support for instrument plug-ins, MIDI Detective, and Beat Detective LE. The update also brings cross-platform parity for simplified session transfer, with major MIDI functionality enhancements to Windows. www.digidesign.com

DTS has introduced the Pro Series 6.1 Surround Encoder for Mac/PC, and the DTS Pro Series Network Encoder for large post facilities based on Apple’s Xserve RAID storage system. www.dtsonline.com

The Mackie Onyx 400F FireWire Box ($899) is a 10-channel, 192kHz-capable FireWire audio interface that features Onyx microphone preamps, along with an on-board DSP mixing matrix for latency-free headphone mixing and routing that’s independent of the DAW software. Bonus: It’s built in a 1U rackmount steel chassis, with extruded aluminum front panel with machined aluminum knobs. www.mackie.com

Like old school sound but new school control capabilities? The Resolution Audio Reso Pre 873 is an 8-Channel, remote-controlled mic pre using a vintage 1073 analog circuit design, yet is controllable directly from ProTools, a MIDI source such as a control surface or software plug-in, or the front panel. www.proaudiodesign.com

The Waves L3 Peak Limiter plug-in delivers maximum loudness, minimum intermodulation, no need for an overall wideband limiter to catch overshoots, and easy adjustment with a simple master threshold parameter. Also, Waves’ new plug-ins in the IR Convolution Reverb series include the IR-360 for multi-channel surround, IR-1 Version 2 (allows users to capture their own samples), and the IR-L, a “lite” version with simplified controls. And if you want more impulse response samples, go to www.acoustics.net, with samples from both the company and individual users. www.waves.com

API’s DSM (Discrete Summing Mixer) is basically a mini API console for DAW users who want analog summing. This rack unit provides analog summing, mixing, control room switching/monitoring, patchbay facilities, and studio I/O. Models provide 24, 48, or 72 output channels. www.apiaudio.com

The Weiss DNA1, a 2U processor for mastering, offers 24/96 de-noising, de-clicking, ambience recovery, Pow-R dithering, and L/R and M/S processing. www.weiss.ch

Holophone’s H2-PRO Surround Microphone ($6,000) incorporates eight DPA Model 4060 mics, and records up to 7.1 channels of discrete surround sound. www.holophone.com

Submersible Music’s DrumCore drum library for the Mac, and now PC, provides loops, fills, hits, and kits from 10 drummers (Matt Sorum, Sly Dunbar, and so on) and integrates with various DAWs. www.submersible.com