TC Electronic has introduced PowerCore Compact (Mac/Win; $995), a lightweight and portable version of the company's open-platform, FireWire DSP engine. PowerCore Compact supports VST and Audio Units and comes with 12 plug-ins. The list includes two reverbs, two compressor/limiters, a chorus/delay, a parametric EQ. a synthesizer, a voice channel, and a guitar amp simulator. In addition, PowerCore Compact comes with the new Noveltech Character plug-in; the dual analog-style filter bank, Filtroid; and Master X3, the virtual incarnation of the TC Electronic Finalizer. Additional plug-ins from TC Electronic, Sony Oxford, and Access Music can be purchased separately.
PowerCore Compact includes a 266 MHz PowerPC and two 150 MHz Motorola DSP chips, each with 512 Kb RAM. Multiple PowerCore Compacts can be combined with each other or with several other PowerCore devices. TC Electronic offers two additional PowerCore hardware configurations with a differentiated number of plug-ins included: PowerCore Element ($645) comes with 9 plug-ins, and PowerCore FireWire ($1,795) includes 14 plug-ins.
PowerCore Element includes Classic Verb, Mega Reverb, Chorus ∙delay, EQSat Custom parametric EQ, Vintage CL compressor/limiter, 24/7 C virtual limiting amplifier, Voice Strip voice channel, PowerCore 01 synthesizer, and Tubifex guitar-amp simulator. PowerCore FireWire now includes all of the aforementioned plug-ins plus Dynamic EQ and DeNoise, a tool from Restoration Suite.
The additional plug-ins in the new PowerCore FireWire bundle will be available free of charge for existing users from October 1, 2004 at www.tcelectronic.com. Click here to read the EM review of PowerCore 1.5