More on Edirol CG-8, Other Video Performance Gear

Rob Read from Edirol tells CDM that, while the announcement of the new CG-8 video synth is hours old, we can expect some video samples on the site soon. Better news: Edirol hopes to show off this gear in person in New York, possibly as soon as this summer. New Yawkas, I'll see you at Eyewash. As for Korg, we'll just have to wait. Don't confuse these devices with the Viditar and Tactic, video fader boxes (one mounted in a guitar) with LCD and fancy carved-wood cases from Livid. (as mentioned on Ektopia) Other than the LCD screens, the Livid …

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Musikmesse: Cakewalk/Edirol Bundles and Project5 Date

No major new products from Windows developer Cakewalk — that came in January at NAMM — but worth mentioning: TAKE THAT, DIGIDESIGN: Audio and MIDI production environment SONAR LE will now be bundled with Edirol hardware. Windows users, this means some serious value with Edirol keyboards and audio interfaces. LE is no crippleware: 24-bit / 192 kHz recording, 14 audio effects / 4 MIDI effects, bundles two DX soft synths, 64 audio and 256 MIDI tracks, drum editing, notation, ReWire, DirectX, VST. With support for 15 UA/UM audio and MIDI interfaces, SD sound modules, and PCR keyboards, that's quite a …

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R4 Ships, DAT Dies

DAT tape is as over as eight track cassette. Edirol is shipping its R4 portable digital recorder. What's not to love? 40GB HD, 24-bit/96kHz (though we'll stick with 16-bit and 44.1 / 48, thank you), 4-channel recording, and even onboard effects and wave editor. Connect it via USB 2.0 to your computer and download files, or even swap them on CompactFlash. It even sync to cameras for video production, and now supports Broadcast WAV (BWF), which I hear means something to video people, even if it means squat to the rest of us. And, of course, the whole package is …

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R1: Tricked-out Portable Recording

If you're lucky, your portable audio player has some lousy recording capabilities. Or it may have none at all. So many people resort to MiniDisc recorders, which are decent, but employ lossy compression — and do you really want to be swapping tapes and manually copying to your computer in the year 2005? Edirol's R1 is the answer to all this nonsense: Portable 24-bit recorder Use built-in mic (sounds surprisingly good, actually), or mic or line input Built-in effects, tuner, metronome, and mic simulation Record to CompactFlash Connect via USB 2.0 (or S/PDIF out) The only bad news is recording …

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64-Bit Windows Drivers (Edirol, M-Audio)

The 64-bit Windows audio phenomenon does seem to be for real. In addition to 64-bit music computers and 64-bit Cakewalk software, drivers are starting to surface. M-Audio already has 64-bit betas, and today Edirol announced it was launching beta drivers (via Harmony Central). Of course, meanwhile on the Mac, in addition to the G5 Power Mac, we have the upcoming Tiger release which should generally optimize all processes running on 64-bit (G5) machines. It's all proof positive that the forward march of performance hasn't stopped. That's good, because as you know I like an insane number of tracks and convolution …

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