- Engines of audio recording and mixing of integrated DSP (2 Chipsets apparently in this unit).
- Superb sound quality and no latency issues (even with plugs as recording mixer is quite impressive).
- Number of tracks guaranteed regardless of the number of plug-ins or other software programs used simultaneously: 32 tracks per unit up to 48 kHz, 16 tracks per unit up to 96kHz.
- 28 inputs, 32 outputs via 3 TDIF ports (24 inputs and 24 outputs), 2 AES / EBU / S / PDIF and 4 AES / EBU / S / PDIF (select AES / EBU or S / PDIF for each stereo pair by internal jumpers), 2 analog inputs and 4 analog outputs.
- Expansion connector allowing the use of a PCI Soundscape Mixpander providing additional DSP power and allowing a tight integration with the native system.
- Modular, SS32 combine up to 4 units for a system with 128 to 48kHz audio tracks (guaranteed), 112 inputs and 128 outputs, controlled from a single instance of the software.
- Up to 4 hard drives IDE / EIDE internal recording / playback and data storage (2 in removable drawers, two fixed). A single hard disk is sufficient to operate at full capacity.
- Up to 548GB of data storage per unit (2192 TeraBytes for a system with four units) and easy backup of any hard logic of the host PC.
- Reliability Soundscape, build quality and data security (including automatic data recovery in case of power failure during recording).
- Control via the Soundscape Editor software, easy to use, including the virtual mixer Soundscape Mixer and runs on the host PC and Windows ™.
- Connection to the host PC through PCI interface card (included) or optional parallel interface cable (for use eg with a laptop).
I bought the Studio Pack: A driving three IO896 SS32 (made by Apogee) via a PC with a Mixpander 9 (for pluggins) and card short of SS32 ...
In use, it is a pure delight: the Apogee 3 connected to outputs directly into my table and exits through the racks DB25/Jack beams, and shoo!
We created a mix with the desired effect on each input, it sticks out of the mix on tracks, you press record, and that's it!
This is the first time I use a DAW, and it's up!
The bike ran for two days almost non stop, she did not flinch, not a single bug!
No problem with the PDF manual is clear, just remember one day predict in advance to form one before moving on to the group record ...
After a few semiane of use, I just drive the point: after starting to dissect the user manual is a delight! App does not budge, sticking him in a crazy number of plugins, or by adding audio tracks, perfect, no limitations to the creation, bravo!
The converters are great (whether those of SS32, which has two analog inputs and 4 analog outputs OR the peak), there is a "Soft Limit" integrated input signals and output via diodes are shown ...
We had two days to record the main battery, and what brand is the first dynamic is very well preserved!!
The effects of bases supplied with the publisher, is already pretty good. More and pasting a compressor on each of 14 recording tracks plus equalos and time, the power of Mixpander9 tells me that only one of eight effects processors (the ninth being dedicated to routing) is used up to 8% ... There's room)
I enjoyed downloading new effects emerged since the purchase of SSL Soundscape, the équalos EACM1, EACM2 and équalo SSL ... The claque! You'd think they were "fun" to reproduce the "grain" of équalos API and Neve (1081). You really entedre low pass to Travis API and Neve emulations voice!
The équalo SSL is a little more surgery ...
I have not had time to test the plug demos such as CT, or other Drawner ... I will update this notice as and when ...
I took the time to mix, test plugs offered and paid ...
The plugs are oferta "basic", are decent, I must admit that the way to resolve is "educational".
The gate that is built is very easy to configure.
Pushed to the bottom, especially in the compressor, it does not sound like the analog (of course) ...
The plugs are paid much better:
The last two EQ Soundscape (EQ1 and EQ2 EACM emulating API and NEVE respectively) ring of fire of God, and even more than simple EQ, you can stick them in the manner of old analog EQ, as a "limiter" frequency, if you know to what limit I orient myself there ... Otherwise the "presets" are available and should not be afraid to touch them up a bit. There are settings on the Neve emulation that hit on the cymbals, guitars and vocals, and the API emulation, bass and percussion all that is changed is found ... I must buy these plugs! (A bit expensive though: 200 Euros each)
As mentioned above, I am not a fan of SSL EQ (Very effective almost surgical), but it takes something for everyone ... (300 Euros though)
Drawner the compressor is very good, transparent, not caricature or "plastic". (Same as 300 Euros though)
The compressor "CompressorX" is supposed to emulate compressors "vintage". I confess to being somewhat disappointed by it: not very ergonomic, it sounds without any special setting, of course, the threshold and compression ratios are easily changed, but I think not having spent enough time on it ... Or not enough ergonomic? In any case it sounds "vintage", but not soft enough, perhaps, if we are not careful, the result can sound "muffled" ... (179 Euros)
I have not tried the reverb, for the moment not need: I stay with the hardware, and other effects provided with the Publisher enough for me (delay, ...).
I use it for 8 days now ...
What I like most: ALL
What I like least: Ben systematic use of the mouse, but hey, it's a DAW and I think pit to invest in an area of control ... if everything is OK ...
I had a bit of a chore with Cubase and limitations related to the PC, none of that here)
Value, compared to a Pro Tools is not expensive at all))
I would do that choice again!!
Good must hesitate, try! Really use, I begin to fall in love with this system. I have what it takes in plugs (still a bit expensive these great plugs) and wiring, but really, try before investing in more expensive competitors (for the solution I'm talking about)!