Vienna, Austria (May 8, 2007)–Switzerland’s Merging Technologies, developers of the Pyramix digital audio workstation, revealed a strategic alliance with Smart AV, the Australian manufacturer of the Smart range of console control surfaces, at NAB2007. The alliance is designed to take full advantage of Merging’s new 256-channel MassCore console mix engine, also announced at the show.
MassCore has been fully integrated with Pyramix into a newly designed range of small, medium and large control surfaces that will be manufactured by Smart AV exclusively for Merging and carrying the Merging brand.
The new MassCore engine is the result of a long-term development program within Merging to produce a fully integrated and networkable digital console/record/editing/mix solution targeted at the post-production and multi-track live recording markets. Merging’s new system, called Ramses MSC, was premiered at NAB in Las Vegas and then at AES Vienna.
The alliance between the two companies has been kept under wraps for some months until Merging’s new MassCore engine was ready to go public. Ken Barnsley, Merging’s head of marketing, explained the correlation between the new MassCore engine, Pyramix and the OEM alliance with Smart AV: “Pyramix is already one of the most powerful workstations on the market, but as the demand for more power and more tracks seems never-ending, we took the decision to develop the next version, V6.0 Pyramix, on a new generation real-time engine that did not rely on the Windows or Mac operating systems. This then avoids the inherent latencies and processing restrictions caused by using these platforms, and allows us to take the I/O channel/track count–and, importantly, the internal bus structure–to a new level.”
MassCore is scalable from 16 channels to 256 channels with up to 256 buses, according to barnsley, and also offers the world’s first fully integrated 48-channel DSD/DXD system, and retains all Pyramix’s real-time editing functionality.