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turtletone

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Re: Anybody know what happened to Soundblade?
« Reply #30 on: April 07, 2006, 11:37:36 am »

Well, it looks like us mac freaks have about a ton
more options as of Wed. Apple released a program for
free that will allow the new intel macs to boot in
either OSX or windows XP. 36 secs to boot into another
operating system. from all accounts i've read, it runs
both systems great. Besides some quirky things like the
isight camera not being recognized in XP. So now
if I want to use any windows program, I can. That is
when I buy one of those new intel macs.
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Re: Anybody know what happened to Soundblade?
« Reply #31 on: April 07, 2006, 01:16:01 pm »

TurtleTone wrote on Fri, 07 April 2006 11:37

Well, it looks like us mac freaks have about a ton
more options as of Wed. Apple released a program for
free that will allow the new intel macs to boot in
either OSX or windows XP. 36 secs to boot into another
operating system. from all accounts i've read, it runs
both systems great. Besides some quirky things like the
isight camera not being recognized in XP. So now
if I want to use any windows program, I can. That is
when I buy one of those new intel macs.


My local Apple store is going to let me play with this for a couple hours in the store.  I'm allowed to install Wavelab, an audio interface and even a Plextor drive to make sure that the core of my daily routine will function properly before plunking down my hard earned cash on an Intel based Mac.  I was planning on a new Mac purchase anyway but now I might wait for the new Power Macs instead of going with a current G5 model.  Could be interesting.  I'll report back after the weekend with how it all turns out.
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Jerry Tubb

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Re: Anybody know what happened to Soundblade?
« Reply #32 on: April 07, 2006, 02:06:10 pm »

TurtleTone wrote on Fri, 07 April 2006 10:37

Well, it looks like us mac freaks have about a ton more options as of Wed. Apple released a program for free that will allow the new intel macs to boot in either OSX or windows XP.


Now that's what I call big news... possibly revolutionary.

We shall see, after it's released... let 'em work out any bugs.

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Re: Anybody know what happened to Soundblade?
« Reply #33 on: April 07, 2006, 03:29:33 pm »

After not getting a reply from SonicStudio for several days, I wrote to the European distributor MediArte, asking about Soundblade. Here is the answer I got, in free translation:

"getting closer...

we will likely get version 1.0 for AES in Paris (20th May). At the moment we are (still) in beta.
Soundblade CD will come out as a stereo mastering application including the well-known source-to-destination editing and the Edit Fade module. Audio in/out will be realized through AudioCode via Sonic Studio's Firewire interface or any other interface of your choice (Apogee etc). Delivery will be to any connected CD recorder at maximum speed (hard to imagine for Sonic users) or optionally to DDPi. VST and AU are supported. The multi-channel version will follow later this year with the working title StudioX.

Prices will be around 1300 Euros for soundbladeCD and 3500 Euros for the package including Firewire Interface."
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Barry Hufker

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Re: Anybody know what happened to Soundblade?
« Reply #34 on: April 07, 2006, 06:58:02 pm »

For 1300 Euros ($1573.00 at today's exchange rate), it had better be some damn fine software.

Barry
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Re: Anybody know what happened to Soundblade?
« Reply #35 on: April 07, 2006, 07:54:01 pm »

Barry Hufker wrote on Fri, 07 April 2006 23:58

For 1300 Euros ($1573.00 at today's exchange rate), it had better be some damn fine software.

Barry


Actually if that price included surround editing & DVD authoring to a high level that I would expect in it too I'd think it'd be reasonably priced.  For just stereo editing & processing / DDP / PMCD burning that does seem a bit steep though.  

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Re: Anybody know what happened to Soundblade?
« Reply #36 on: April 07, 2006, 08:24:21 pm »

Barry Hufker wrote on Fri, 07 April 2006 15:58

For 1300 Euros ($1573.00 at today's exchange rate), it had better be some damn fine software.

Barry


Maybe I'm crazy, but that sounds cheap to me. Sequoia (which would likely be my choice if Sonic doesn't pan out) is considerably more, isn't it? For a pro mastering platform that creates the masters that are your bread and butter, I can see no reason not to spend that kind of money. A $1,500 EQ or compressor most would say is not mastering quality, but the main platform that makes it all happen... I dunno, sounds reasonably priced to me. At that price it'll be just about the cheapest thing in the room.

As for the Windows on Mac thing, I played with it on a dual 1.8 gig Intel power book today, and it absolutely screamed. Left the Wintel box next to it in the dust. I and others present were shocked. Didn't load any audio apps into it, but ran a few apps and surfed the net etc. and it was very cool.
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Re: Anybody know what happened to Soundblade?
« Reply #37 on: April 07, 2006, 09:03:55 pm »

Jay,

You have certainly put the cost of the software in perspective.  That is important and I thank you.

I guess I now realize my point is: If I'm giving them any money the damn thing better:
1. Sound good
2. Be truly useful
3. Have good support

I am fearful of at least a couple of those items and so I guess I see the money as a lot for a (possible) gamble.

Barry
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Re: Anybody know what happened to Soundblade?
« Reply #38 on: April 07, 2006, 09:33:12 pm »

jfrigo wrote on Fri, 07 April 2006 19:24

As for the Windows on Mac thing, I played with it on a dual 1.8 gig Intel power book today, and it absolutely screamed. Left the Wintel box next to it in the dust. I and others present were shocked. Didn't load any audio apps into it, but ran a few apps and surfed the net etc. and it was very cool.


Then Wintel PC users have absolutely no reason not to switch to a Mac !!!

Sounds like we may have just won the Mac -vs- PC battle!  Very Happy

Steve Jobs has done it again?  We shall see...

WRT expensive software, bought Logic Pro 7 for $900+ just to get WaveBurner.

Paid many thousands for a Pro Tools HD system.

These are our tools... well worth the expense.

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Re: Anybody know what happened to Soundblade?
« Reply #39 on: April 08, 2006, 12:40:14 am »

Barry Hufker wrote on Fri, 07 April 2006 18:03

Jay,

You have certainly put the cost of the software in perspective.  That is important and I thank you.

I guess I now realize my point is: If I'm giving them any money the damn thing better:
1. Sound good
2. Be truly useful
3. Have good support

I am fearful of at least a couple of those items and so I guess I see the money as a lot for a (possible) gamble.

Barry


I definitely feel your pain on this stuff. Sonic doesn't get a free pass on this one with what has come before. I know it was the "old" Sonic and all, but these guys have inherited the baggage whether they like it or not. They have to show us the goods before we show them the green.
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Re: Anybody know what happened to Soundblade?
« Reply #40 on: April 08, 2006, 06:55:31 am »

I think the price is just ok, if

- Sounblade is as good as it promises
- it includes the rumoured plugins
- there is a direct upgrade path to SonicX for only the price difference
- SonicX (for surround) will still be considerably cheaper compared to Sequoia (currently 2500 Euros?), ie below 2000 Euros, and offer a similar feature set.

I also expect Support to be professional, like it is with Sequoia.

There is absolutely no question that Sonic will be directly competing with Sequoia. Since any new Mac should be able to play just fine with Sequoia (by booting Windows), Sonic has to be better, cheaper, and just as professional.
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Re: Anybody know what happened to Soundblade?
« Reply #41 on: April 08, 2006, 11:36:41 am »

JohannesG wrote on Sat, 08 April 2006 03:55


There is absolutely no question that Sonic will be directly competing with Sequoia. Since any new Mac should be able to play just fine with Sequoia (by booting Windows), Sonic has to be better, cheaper, and just as professional.


As a former Sonic user (old system) I really hope they live up to all the optimism I'm reading here.  Hopefully before CD's go away  Smile  -  
The XP boot feature on Apple is a very intriguing development, let's see how it goes with a little time. The performance improvement is no doubt highly valued by those of you doing a lot of HD based mixing and running lots of plugs or in the box processes.  

As in the past, those of us who have stable working systems (Sequoia here) are unlikely to jump ship - but choices for second stations and the competitive impact on the industry is always welcome.  




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Re: Anybody know what happened to Soundblade?
« Reply #42 on: May 10, 2006, 08:42:44 am »

Look what I just found:

http://www.transtec.nl/download.php?id=0&file=Pro%2Fsoni cstudio%2FsoundBlade10_Overview.pdf
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Re: Anybody know what happened to Soundblade?
« Reply #43 on: May 10, 2006, 09:00:51 am »

Not SoundBlade, but I got this email this AM:
Quote:

Dear Audio Professional,

After spending thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours to make the
perfect record, have you ever asked:

   * Why does my CD ref sound different from what I was hearing during
mixdown?
   * Where are professional CD delivery tools for Mac OS X?
   * Coasters are killing me! How can I assure that finished CDs will be
error free?

The answer is simple. The answer is PreMaster CD, now on special for AES
Paris - just $495 for a limited time!

For over a decade, truly professional premastering has not been available at
a reasonable cost. Now, PreMaster CD is here, based on the acclaimed NGC
user interface and benchmark PQ creation engine that has literally produced
the majority of compact discs worldwide.

Running natively on Mac OS X, PreMaster CD employs SSE, the same engine
underlying our heavyweight PCM products. Throughout the signal
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Re: Anybody know what happened to Soundblade?
« Reply #44 on: May 10, 2006, 11:35:53 am »

I guess this is nice but if you are running a PC there are so many more GOOD programs out there. We use Macs and PCs and go back and forth between them all the time. If I ever get enough cash to be able to afford an Intel Mac one of the first things I will do is put Boot Camp on my Mac.

I think if you look seriously at this product and figure the cost to performance ratio I think the lower price is probably where they should stay and the higher price is what they should not use. I am, as many know, very leery of Sonic no matter what they are now called. FWIW
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