Switzerland (January 26, 2007)–Merging Technologies is proud to announce the latest free software upgrade for their professional DAW platform, Pyramix. Unveiled at the same time as news of their new Mykerinos MYK-X-series PCI Express cards (the DSP cards at the heart of the Pyramix system), version 5.1 includes support for the new DSP hardware, allowing users running Pyramix systems based around the Mykerinos MYK-X-series cards to record more simultaneous tracks of audio, while playing back others if required.
With the new software and hardware, Pyramix can now record PCM audio at any sample rate from 44.1 to 384kHz and 1-bit DSD audio at 2.82MHz. (DSD fans will also appreciate the improved DSD handling in v5.1, which improves the quality of the conversion to and from 1-bit DSD to multi-bit DXD audio at 24-bit, 384kHz, for editing purposes). Card monitoring facilities are built into the new software revision, allowing users to keep an eye on a variety of parameters associated with the Mykerinos cards loaded in the system, including board temperature, output voltage and DSP load.
In addition to general improvements and bug fixes, such as faster-responding, more robust Isis Remote control communication, the new software release also provides a host of new features designed to improve compatibility and file interchange with other digital recording systems old and new, and to improve the handling of a variety of metadata associated with CD creation. Pyramix already supports the OMF and AAF interchange formats, and the addition of Final Cut Pro XML import and export facilities further widens the scope for Pyramix users to port audio and video across from or to other platforms. This makes Pyramix the first third-party DAW software to be capable of importing Apple’s Final Cut Projects without any intermediary steps.
Pyramix can now also directly create CDs from DDP (Disc Description Protocol) master files if required, and a new Sony PCM-1630 option can read audio information and PQ-code metadata from CD master tapes made with Sony’s now-superseded PCM-1630 recorders. The information may be imported via SDIF or AES digital connections, and a Pyramix CD disc image (in PMI format) can be automatically generated from the 1630 data. CD barcode compatibility has also been improved, with facilities now onboard to include UPC/EAN barcode information in CD disc images created on Pyramix, complete with barcode verification facilities. Finally, the implementation of the Unicode text standard within Pyramix guarantees compatibility and readability of projects and any text-based information written into files with Pyramix when these are used on platforms based on other languages, offering true worldwide language independence.
Last but not least, the v5.1 software is released at the same time as Purenotes, billed as “one of the highest-quality and most natural broadband noise removal tools ever developed,” which has become available in software plug-in form for the first time.
Pyramix version 5.1 is now available free to registered Pyramix v5.0 users at Merging Technologies’ web site, www.merging.com.