Montreal, Canada (March 22, 2006)–McGill University’s Schulich School of Music offers Graduate Programs in Sound Recording, offering both Master’s and PhD degrees in audio engineering. To facilitate high-level, high-resolution recording work, McGill recently added two Merging Technologies’ Pyramix system to its facility, and upgraded the existing Pyramix system already in-house.
Pyramix-equipped studio at McGillMartha DeFrancisco, professor at McGill Schulich School of Music explained the reasoning behind their decision: ”Pyramix’s editing capabilities, file management and work flow far exceed any other audio platform that we have ever known. It allows DSD and PCM recording and post production on the highest level. The most accurate and precise music editing can be performed in an amazingly easy way. The fact that many of the world’s most advanced editing projects for Classical music are performed exclusively on the Pyramix system is an indication that this is the most advanced editing tool at present.”
As well as upgrading the single system that McGill already housed, the university added two more complete systems, supplied by Merging’s Canadian distributor Sonotechnique PJL inc. represented by Patrice Delhaes, who added, “It is largely thanks to Dr. Wieslaw Woszczyk, the founding member of the Graduate Program in Sound Recording at the University, that Pyramix was chosen. Dr. Woszczyk is a Member of the Technical Review Board of the Journal of Audio Engineering Society and, as a recording producer and engineer he contributed to over 50 Compact Discs and LP records with such artists as Philip Glass, Brian Eno and Harry Belafonte.
The new systems are comprised of the following hardware–two Pyramix MB5s, with 1 AES-DSD daughter card and 1 SDIF daughter card. Each system is interfaced with a new Merging Sphynx II converter in order to record up to 8 channels of DSD. The systems also have up to 24 I/O of PCM audio.
The upgrade consisted of an extra MB5 card making 4, two extraMADI cards + 1 AES-DSD daughter card in addition to the SDIF daughter card already present. The purchase also included another Sphynx II converter to team up with an existing Emmlabs converter.
The system performance gives a maximum of 128 I/O PCM supported by Merging Pyramix v.5, up to 16 tracks of DSD, and SACD authoring option.
In addition to the hardware systems, 14 copies of Pyramix Native/Media Bundle have been supplied to students and teachers at the University.
Pascal Gelinas, product specialist at Sonotechnique, provided training for those less familiar with the software which they all now use for their editing work. Interestingly, two graduate students of McGill’s Music faculty, Johanne Goyette, owner of the Atma Classical record label and Carl Talbot producer and recording engineer of Musicom Productions inc. currently use Pyramix for recording classical music.