Switzerland's Merging Technologies, developer of the Pyramix digital audio workstation, has formed a strategic alliance with Smart AV, the Australian manufacturer of the Smart range of console control surfaces. The alliance is designed to take advantage of Merging's new 256-channel MassCore console mix engine, which has been fully integrated with Pyramix into a newly designed range of small, medium and large control surfaces that will be manufactured by Smart AV exclusively for Merging, writes Fergal Ringrose.
The new MassCore engine is the result of a long-term development program within Merging to produce a fully integrated and networkable digital console/record/editing/mix solution targeted at the post production and multi-track live recording markets. Merging's new system, called Ramses MSC, was premiered at NAB in Las Vegas and can be seen at Broadcast Live in June.
Merging's head of marketing, Ken Barnsley, commented, "As the demand for more power and more tracks seems never-ending, we took the decision to develop the next version, V6.0 Pyramix, on a new generation 'realtime' engine that did not rely on the Windows or Mac operating systems. This then avoids the inherent latencies and processing restrictions caused by using these platforms, and allows us to take the I/O channel/track count - and, importantly, the internal bus structure - to a new level.
"The result is that MassCore is a very powerful realtime mix engine. I am not allowed to say how we have achieved this until all the patents are filed, but I can say that MassCore is scalable from just 16 channels to 256 channels with up to 256 buses. It also offers the world's first fully integrated 48-channel DSD/DXD system, and retains all Pyramix's realtime editing."