MACKIE Soundscape 32 (hardware and software)
MACKIE I/O 896 audio interface

Only six months after Mackie Designs Inc. announced they would assume all marketing, support and distribution activities for Soundscape branded products, Mackie's new Recording Market Development Team has rolled out a completely updated version of Soundscape's recorder series. At Las Vegas NAB, Mackie Designs Inc. launched the Mackie Broadcast Professional family of products with an updated Soundscape product line that includes the new Soundscape 32 Embedded Hard Disk Recorder and the I/O 896 Audio Interface module. These new Soundscape products are designed specifically for both high-end broadcast and post production facilities.

Soundscape 32
Based on the SSHDR-1 and R.Ed. digital audio workstations (DAW), the new Soundscape 32 is vailable in either 32-track or 16-track versions, providing all the tools and features common to almost any DAW, without the instability of a native (motherboard-based) record engine. Soundscape 32 has its own dedicated microprocessor board and embedded record engine. This means that audio travels straight from the I/O to hard disk&emdash;unaffected by the instability of a PC motherboard or operating system. The Soundscape 32 mackie provides digital and analog audio I/O, real-time mixing through a user defined environment, DSP-based effects, comprehensive automation package, professional synchronization support, and extensive EDL (Edit Decision List) compatibility with a variety of video editing systems. It also supports a variety of popular name brand plug-ins including Cedar Audio, Aphex Systems, Wave Mechanics, and TC Works.

I/O 896 Audio Interface
Co-developed by Mackie and Apogee, the I/O 896 is a high-quality I/O box that is the ideal partner for
the Soundscape 32.
The I/O 896 includes eight channels of AES/EBU digital I/O, eight channels of analog I/O and eight channels of ADAT' optical. In addition, the I/O 896 supports MADI (multi channel audio digital interface).

One Soundscape 32 provides thirty-two tracks of 24-bit recording at up to 96kHz sample rates, digital and analog audio I/O, real-time mixing, DSP-based effects and fade processing, clock timing and synchronization. Each Soundscape 32 has two internal IDE hard drives and two pullout drive bays for drives up to 137GB each, providing over half a Terabyte (548GB) of storage capacity. Over 1000 hours of 24-bit 48kHz audio can be recorded. An expanded Soundscape 32 system can have up to four hardware units, with 128 simultaneous audio tracks played from over two Terabytes of hard drive storage and up to 112 inputs and 128 simultaneous outputs.

Soundscape 32 Hardware Features

Two internal and two external (removable) EIDE hard drive bays

(3) T/DIF digital I/O

2-in / 4-out AES/EBU digital

(2) 24bit, 96kHz microphone inputs

(4) 24bit, 96kHz balanced line level outputs

RS-422 (Sony 9-pin) Remote Device Control

MIDI I/O for MMC and/or MTC

Ethernet support for network access thru TCP/IP

Multi-pin connector (connects to host interface PCI card)

VITC, LTC and Word Clock synch I/O

Optional Sync A/V board (video, word clock, smpte I/O)

Analog Inputs 2x XLR inputs,balanced +4dBu nominal with 20 dB headroom. Input level +14dBU to +24dBu,fully adjustable (internal)
Analog Outputs 4 x XLR outputs,balanced +4dBu nominal with 20dB headroom.Output level +14dBu to +24dBu,fully adjustable
A/D Conversion 24-bit,96kHz AKM AK5393 analog to digital converters with enhanced dual-bit delta-sigma,128x oversampling
D/A Conversion 24-bit,96kHz AKM AK5393 digital to analog converters with multi-bit sigma-delta modulator with dither
Input S/N Ratio Better than 100dB un-weighted,113dB A weighted
Input THD+N Less than &endash;95dB@1kHz FS
Input Crosstalk Better than &endash;100dB
Output S/N Ratio Better than 125 dB un-weighted (data zeroed),better than 100dB unweighted active
Dynamic Range 113dB A weighted at 48kHz
Output THD+N Less than &endash;92dB@1kHz &endash;12dB FS
Output Crosstalk Better than &endash;100dB
Frequency Response 20Hz to 20kHz,&endash;0.4dB
Wow &Flutter Unmeasurable
Power 100/110/220V,50-60 Hz
Physical 19" (483 mm) W x 2 RU x 12" (305 mm) D

Soundscape 32 Software Features:

Customized Mixing - 24 bit digital mixing with configurable routing, 16 busses, user-designed channel strips, 256 virtual tracks on-screen, and "Arrange" window for utilizing pre-recorded audio takes

Surround Applications &endash; mono to stereo, LRCS, 5.1 with equal power panning modes, surround channel strips & panners, Dolby Pro-Logic plug-in

Edit Functions &endash; Copy, cut, glue, solo, trim, slip, delete, undo, real-time fades, on-the-fly editing, auto "deglitching" algorithm, sample-level zooming

Flexible Dynamics Package - Volume trim, noise gates, multiple 2-band parametric EQ, sample delay, unlimited pre/post sends & inserts

DSP &endash; Normalize, Repeat, Reverse, Time Stretch/Compress, Pitch Shift, Sample Rate Conversion

Third Party Plug-ins &endash; Compression, Gating, Limiting, Chorus, Flange, CEDAR declick, Apogee MasterTools UV22, Aphex Aural Exciter & Big Bottom Pro, Wave Mechanics Reverb, plus many more.

Automation &endash; 128 dynamic automation tracks w/unlimited layers per track for automation of any parameter, snapshot automation, touch record/update moves, auto-glide settings, and virtual automation for A/B testing

Multiple Undo/Redo - 99 levels of undo/redo, also non-destructive disk formatting with disk recovery mode. Automatic recovery from power down during recording.

Video Editor File Support &endash; Import audio from multiple edit decision lists (CMX, GVG or Sony formats), direct support for Avid OMFi, discreet edit and Lightworks/Heavyworks project file formats.

Audio File Import/Export &endash; Wave (.wav) or Broadcast Wave (.bwf), MPEG Layer 1 via QDesign ACM MPEG codec, and MPG (Layers 2 & 3) via Fraunhofer ACM MP3 Professional Codec

CD Writer &endash; Burn Red-Book compatible CDs with Point CD Audio software by PoINT Software & Systems

Cue Sheets &endash; Printable arrangements in standard cue sheet formats.

Additional Soundscape 32 software and editing features

Supports all SMPTE formats, including 29.97 and 29.97 Drop frame

9 customisable Tool Pages - can be configured for different users

Zoom in/out history (8 levels)

Mixdown tool (mono/stereo digital mix-down through mixer)

SFile Manager sorts audio/automation takes, mixers, arrange or PC files stored on the SDisk

Synchronisation: MIDI Song Position Pointer + MIDI clock or MIDI Time Code (Master/Slave)

Time axis display in SMPTE (hours, minutes, seconds & frames) or Measure (bars & beats); readout of time between locators

Takes, Arrangements, Mixers and Effects settings can be saved as separate files on the host PC or on the internal or removable SDisks, allowing material to be easily transferred to another system for dubbing or mixing

Non-destructive disk formatting, with in-built 26-session hard drive recover utility
Hard Drive defrag utility

Backup to any logical PC drive (e.g. DVDRam, CDR, Tape drive, network drives, Jaz etc.)

Batch Import/Export of MP3 and MPEG1 Layers 1&2 audio files via ACM codecs (purchased separately)

Import/Export of OMF projects for compatibility with Avid, Protools and other audio/video editing systems

Digital Video - AVI video file support with full synchronisation and scrubbing of full screen video with audio (using video capture card)

Control from a wide range of external hardware fader units, mixing consoles and machine controllers.

Move/Copy/Trim/Slip/Solo/Repeat/Delete/Cut/Glue edit functions plus Multi-Function tool

99 Levels of Undo and Redo n Reverse/Phase Invert/Compute tempo n Nudge edit mode (seconds/frames/sub-frames)

Stereo link editing tool

Solo and Multi-track audio scrubbing to 10x play speed

Insert Left/Right Locators "on the fly"

Non-destructive sample-resolution editing with 'glitch-less'join

999 named markers (insert 'on the fly')

Punch In/Out Recording 'on the fly' (tape machine style) or using Left/Right Locators

Loop Recording mode with stacked Takes and pre/post roll n Realtime fade In/Out (8 selectable curves)

Volume contouring

Varispeed +/-10%

Soundscape 32 EDL Software V.2

Support for Avid OMF-1 and OMF-2 files (either consolidated or with separate AIFF/WAV audio files)

Support for Discreet editand Lightworks/Heavyworks Audio Project formats

Support for A-mode CMX340/3600 (with AVID enhancements), Sony 2000/5000 and Grass Valley Group EDL formats

Support for multiple EDLs and Audio Projects in one EDL Processor project

Auto-conforming from VTR or DAT via analogue or digital inputs using RS422 machine control (Sony 9-pin protocols) Auto-conforming digitally from Tascam DA-88 tapes via the 8 channel TDIF port

Auto-conforming requires RS422 card and cable (available from Soundscape)

Manual remote transport control for those 'difficult to record' clips (eg.where there is no timecode pre-roll etc.)

Full visual feedback of autoconforming progress

Automatic recording of audio clips with discontinuous or 'time of day' timecode, even when no EDL exists - can be used for recording film "rushes"

Support for auto-conforming directly from audio files over a network

Track and source reel re-mapping (useful when the list contains mono events, but stereo clips are required, or when the source reels have been changed). Also for reversing incorrectly recorded stereo or MS tracks in realtime .Real-time recording and decoding of MS encoded audio tracks

Individual event and source reel offsets

Selectable handles and crossfades for each source reel

Every event in the EDL or Audio Project can be transferred to the Soundscape Markers, including events where only video edits occur (eg. scene change), so that there is always a fast way to locate to a video reference point

Support for multiple timecode formats changes in an EDL via 'FCN' statements, used where source reels have different timecode formats

Automatic decoding of 'Audio Mapping' and 'Patch' statements in the EDL, minimising manual editing of the list or manual intervention during auto-conforming

Auto-conforming of 'Guide' audio track at destination timecode, so that the entire guide track does not need to be recorded.


I/O 896 Audio Interface

 Eight analog inputs with Apogee A/D conversion
 Eight analog outputs with Apogee D/A conversion
 ADAT (light pipe) Digital Optical I/O
 AES/EBU inputs and outputs
 T/DIF inputs and outputs
 Word Clock I/O
 Two RS-485
 Optional MADI card bay
 Optional Firewire host I/O card bay
Analog Inputs 8 balanced +4dBu nominal with 20 dB headroom. Input level +14dBU to +24dBu, fully adjustable, 24-bit Apogeeô A/D converters with 128x oversampling
Analog Outputs 8 balanced +4dBu nominal with 20 dB headroom. Input level +14dBU to +24dBu, fully adjustable, 24-bit Apogeeô A/D converters with 128x oversampling
Sample Rates 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96kHz ±10%
Relative THD+N Less than &endash;116dB @ &endash;0,5 dBFS input
Interchannel Crosstalk Better than &endash;120dB
Stopband Attenuation 110dB
Dynamic Range, &endash;60dB &endash;116dB, A-weighted
Sync Word Clock, Input Reference Lock
Frequency Response 20Hz to 20kHz, &endash;0.4dB
Power 100/110/220V, 50-60 Hz
Physical 19î (483 mm) W x 2 RU x 12î (305 mm) D

Minimun system requirements

The minimum specifications for running Soundscape 32 are as follows:

PC (Pentium or AMD processor)

16MB RAM minimum

mouse, track ball or tablet & pen

Windows 95/98/ME, NT4/2000

SVGA colour monitor 800x600 resolution

Optional MIDI card for interfacing with sequencers or remote controllers

Optional RS-422 card or Com port converter (contact Soundscape dealers for details) for interfacing with VTRs, Tape Machines or other RS422 devices

Optional Video Capture card. Contact Soundscape dealers for a list of recommended models.

Mackie Designs offer a simultaneous Soundscape DAW upgrade and E-MU Ensoniq Paris DAW cross-grade program. Starting in April, and running through September 2002, this program is designed to help loyal Soundscape, as well as Paris DAW customers make the switch to the new generation Soundscape 32 DAW.
Mackie Designs will credit $2500 per Soundscape SSHDR-1 or E-MU Ensoniq Paris DAW traded in for a Soundscape 32 through an authorized Mackie Broadcast Professional distributor.
For more information local Mackie Broadcast Professional distributor.

Mackie Designs, Inc. - 16220 Wood-Red Rd. N.E.- Woodinville, WA 98072 USA - e-mail
Within the US call:1-800-258-6883 Fax:425-487-4337 - Internationally call: 425-487-4333 Fax:425-485-1152
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advanced technologic sound magazine
2002 issue 104

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