RAX software.Minneapolis, MN (September 11, 2007)–Audiofile Engineering, a developer of audio solutions for the Mac, has acquired Rax version 2 software from Plasq, makers of Comic Life and other software tools.
Rax is virtual rack software for Mac OS X that enables musicians to organize and control Audio Units plug-ins via a 16-channel virtual mixer and 25 virtual effects racks in a user interface with onstage performance features.
“We are very proud of the work we have done in Rax,” said Cris Pearson, Plasq CEO and designer. “With our changing focus from audio to visual, Rax needed a new home to continue this work. Audiofile Engineering is the perfect place.”
A high-contrast user interface makes Rax viewable while on stage. Each knob now features a pop-up “value bezel” which shows the values of each parameter. The OnStage feature makes the important features large and hides the rest. Racks can be organized into songs, and songs into sets. Set lists can be built and controlled via MIDI and the Apple Remote for a seamless live performance.
Rax also features Visualizer support to assign and control a visualizer for each song in a set using MIDI and audio within Rax. Low CPU, high-quality visualizers are supplied with Rax, or users can make their own with the free Quartz Composer application included with OS X 10.4, which is the engine powering Rax’s visualizers.
“As one of the few, pure Cocoa audio applications developed at the time, Rax was a major inspiration for us in creating Audiofile Engineering,” said Audiofile’s Matthew Foust. “We’re absolutely thrilled to now have it as part of our catalogue.”
Rax is Universal Binary and is designed to take advantage of the power in the new Core Duo-based laptops, with the two cores working independently on visuals and audio.