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AAF Interchange
Allows import and export of AAF (Advanced Authoring Format) files
Pro Tools v5.0 Interchange
Allows import and export of Pro Tools v5.0 files for SADiE 5
OMF Interchange
Allows import and export of OMF (Open Media Framework) files
Mastering Limiter
Unique to SADiE, the Mastering Limiter intelligently limits the audio in order to maintain the peaks at a fixed level.
CD Master SRC
CD Mastering package with Sample Rate Conversion enables making CD masters from projects with different sample rates.
9-Pin slave control
Software option to allow control of SADiE system via Sony 9-Pin protocol
Video Record/Replay Plug-in
Software option to allow video recording and replay - includes Matrox Parhelia 256M triple head video card
HiDither 96
SADiE's HiDither 96 noise-shaping dither plug-in offers 5 different noise shape types, two of which are optimised for 96KHz audio material.
Graphical EQ
The Graphical EQ is an all-in-one unit comprising 4 individual parametric EQ modules, low pass and high pass filters, master gain, along with a graphical display of the EQ curve.
Multi-Session CD-R
The Multi-Session CD-R plug-in allows any SADiE system to write Red Book or Orange Book audio CDs as the first session of a Blue Book or mixed-mode CD.
Prism Sound SNS Plug-in
Super Noise Shaping (SNS) plug-in foADiEr S 5
CEDAR Software Plug-ins
CEDAR Audio noise reduction software plug-ins for SADiE.

 

 
 
   
 

AAF Interchange

     
         
  AAF Interchange
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SADiE's AAF interchange option allows SADiE to import from and export to AAF (Advanced Authoring Format) projects from other workstations. Both styles of AAF files - embedded, and those with external audio files - can be read and written.

AAF Interchange is available either as part of the Interchange Pack or as a separate option.

 
       
         
 
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Pro Tools v5.0 Interchange

     
         
  Pro Tools v5.0 Interchange
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  This option provides import and export to legacy Mac-based Pro Tools v.5.0 systems in their native session format. This also includes support for SD2 audio files on Mac HFS & HFS+ drives, using the third party "MacDrive" utility.

Pro Tools v5.0 Interchange is available either as part of the Interchange Pack or as a separate option.
 
       
         
 
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OMF Interchange

     
         
  OMF Interchange
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SADiE's OMF interchange option allows SADiE to import and export audio projects to and from OMF (Open Media Framework), which is the most commonly used interchange standard used by audio and video applications. Both versions of OMF and both styles - embedded, and those with external audio files - can be written and read. SADiE can export at sample or frame resolution, 16 or 24 bit files, and using WAV or AIFC formats to accommodate the variety of preferences other applications may have.

OMF Interchange is available either as part of the Interchange Pack or as a separate option.

 
       
         
 
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Mastering Limiter Software

 
         
  Mastering Limiter Software
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Unique to SADiE, the Mastering Limiter intelligently limits the audio in order to maintain the peaks at a fixed level. The gain control will increase the perceived "loudness" or "punch" of your masters without ever overloading the digital outputs. The process is equally suitable for CD mastering or broadcasting applications.

The Mastering Limiter is designed to intelligently limit the audio level for CD mastering. A gain control allows the perceived audio level to be maximised without overloading the output. The process is equally suitable for CD or DDP mastering.

The Mastering Limiter plug-in allows gain to be added to a signal before it is limited to a set level. You can define the limiting in -dBFS to avoid overloads. The Limiter enables the audio material to achieve 'loudness' while avoiding digital clipping. This is achieved by analysing the waveform on either side of a peak and reducing the gain to avoid distortion. As with other normal plug-ins, this module patches into the mixing desk via the internal busses. There is an 'LED' array which displays the amount of gain reduction.

There are two icons for the Mastering Limiter in the process window - one creates a mono process, the other is stereo.

  • GAIN: adjusts pre-gain to the signal to 'push' it into the limiter.
  • LIMIT: sets the maximum peak level.
  • RELEASE: sets the release time for the gain reduction.
  • IMPACT: sets the rate of change of gain reduction. This is a little like the more familiar attack function but on a microscopic scale. A sound with a fast attack - say, a piano - would require a high impact setting, as the transient nature of the sound would need the gain reduction to react very quickly, whereas a smoother sound would benefit from a lower, more damped setting.
  • HYSTERESIS: increasing this value reduces the sensitivity of the process to avoid the limiter being triggered by high transient, low level, gain changes. Note that the range of this control is reduced as you increase the gain

 
       
         
 
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CD Master SRC

 
         
  CD Master SRC
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This software option allows SADiE to burn a CD, or to create a DDP master, using audio material at any sample rate. Operation is the same as with the normal CD writing method. The user can add PQ marks to a playlist, and write directly to the CD without bouncing down or creating an image file first. The only difference is that the audio material is sample rate converted on-the-fly as the CD-R or DDP is written.

This feature is useful for CD Pre-Mastering from high sample rate audio and also if CD references are needed of location recordings - making it quicker and simpler to burn a disk on location for performers or a director to review the recording.

 
       
         
 
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9-Pin slave control

 
         
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If you are using SADiE as a multi-track recorder / player replacement, the 9-pin slave option may help SADiE integrate better into your studio. This feature allows another machine such as a mixing console or edit controller to remotely control the transport operations, record enables, drop-in/out and scrub operations of the SADiE system without having to use the SADiE User Interface at all. SADiE operates entirely as a slave device. Emulation modes are 100% customisable, with presets for common devices.

This software option is only currently available on PCM4, PCM8, PCM-H8, PCM-H16 and PCM-H64 systems. It also requires a CAT card to be installed in the system (which can also be retro-fitted to any of those systems).

 
       
         
 
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Video Record/Replay Plug-in

 
         
  Video Record/Replay Plug-in
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SADiE has always included strong support for video post production applications, and in modern times many people are operating with video files for synchronising audio to picture.

The option to play back and record video inside SADiE can be added to any platform at varying levels:-

  • Software only - this adds the ability to import video files, as AVI or Quicktime files, and play them back in SADiE's timeline, viewing the picture in a window on the desktop.
  • Software and Matrox Parhelia card - the customised Matrox Parhelia card adds the ability to view an AVI video on an external composite monitor.
  • Video Sub-system - this option includes the Matrox Parhelia as well as hardware to capture video and encode to DV format.

The SADiE video system is important for most video post and syncing tasks, but also is being used for music recording and editing applications, where having a picture of the artists or conductor during the editing stage can provide information about the audio being edited.


 
       
         
 
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Hi-Dither96

 
         
  Hi-Dither96
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SADiE's HiDither 96 noise-shaping dither plug-in offers 5 different noise shape types, two of which are optimised for 96KHz audio material. The other three are designed for 48KHz & 44.1KHz audio. Additionally Shape 1 is designed for use with emphasis.

Why noise shaping?
When a signal is quantised some of the detail within the signal is discarded and as a result an error is introduced. This error can be heard as noise and is correlated to the input of the quantiser. The noise signal can be very noticeable to a listener if the original signal is simple or of a low level. It is therefore desirable to try and reduce this correlation and subsequently produce a random noise signal. The use of dither does just that. It linearises the non-linear transform characteristic of a quantiser and reduces the harmonic distortion for low level signals. To summarise, the use of dither has two effects on the input signal to a quantiser; firstly it reduces the correlation between the noise and the input signal, and secondly it increases the total noise in the system. In essence, dither is a low level additive signal that causes the quantised signal to jump randomly between quantisation levels, which when averaged by the ear forms a smooth transition between the levels.

As the noise level has been raised by the addition of a dither signal, it is desirable to try and shape the noise to reduce the overall audible effect. Noise shaping filters are used to match the curve of the noise signal to that of the frequency response of the human ear. This reduces the noise signal where the ear is most sensitive, (between 1kHz and 8kHz) and increases the noise where the ear is less sensitive, (above about 14kHz) . An average response is taken for the human ear and so the effect of noise shaping will be slightly different for each listener. When using a high sample rate, for example 96kHz, it is possible to keep the noise floor lower for most of the human hearing range and move most of the noise signal to frequencies that are completely inaudible.

HiDither 96 is a cost option plug-in - contact your dealer for details of how to
obtain it.

 

 
       
         
 
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Graphical EQ

 
         
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The Graphical EQ is an all-in-one unit comprising 4 individual parametric EQ modules, low pass and high pass filters, master gain, along with a graphical display of the EQ curve. This routes into the mixer in the usual way, using the internal busses.

The four EQs and high/low pass operate in the same way as a normal SADiE EQ process. The green 'LED' bypasses the associated EQ section, without affecting the graphical representation. The CONFIGURE button allows you to choose the function of the 4 EQs - between high or low shelf or bandpass, and how many are enabled.

There are 4 presets for changing the scaling of the graph where greater precision is required. The CONFIGURE page also contains a preset for de-emphasis. You can save and reload settings for the Graphical EQ using the usual Plug-in save and load buttons.

The Graphical EQ is a cost option plug-in - contact your dealer for details of how to obtain it.

 

 
       
         
 
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Multi-session CD-R

 
         
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The Multi-Session CD-R plug-in allows any SADiE system to write Red Book or Orange Book audio CDs as the first session of a Blue Book or mixed-mode CD.

This facility enables the completed CD containing the audio session to be appended with CD-ROM data such as graphics, text or software files.

In conjunction with a CD-ROM writing package, SADiE's CD pre-mastering capability now includes mastering of mixed-mode, Blue Book or CD Extra disks.

The Multi-session CD-R is a cost option plug-in - contact your dealer for details of how to obtain it.

 
       
         
 
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Prism Sound SNS Plugin

 
         
  Prism Sound SNS Plugin
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Since SADiE joined the Prism Sound family, the first project that uses shared technology is the implementation of Prism Sound's SNS Super Noise Shaping as dithering option in SADiE.

SNS can operate at sample rates between 44.1 kHz and 192 kHz and is used to reduce longer word lengths to standard 16 bits, while retaining a high degree of perceived dynamic efficiency and very low noise.

SNS offers four different algorithms which increase the degree of shaping. SNS spectra are adjusted automatically to provide optimum subjective advantage at each different sample rate. Additionally an "Auto Zero" function is provided so that noise shaping will switch off soon after a "silence" threshold is detected.

 

 
       
         
 
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CEDAR Software Plug-ins

 
         
  CEDAR Software Plug-ins
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CEDAR Audio noise reduction software plug-ins for SADiE.

CEDAR Retouch™
Unique process for the removal of unwanted sounds from a recording

CEDAR DeClick96
Written by Cedar Audio - includes automatic and manual De-Click algorithms for audio up to 96kHz

CEDAR DeCrackle96
Written by Cedar Audio - removes vinyl crackles and supports audio up to 96kHz

CEDAR DeThump96
Written by Cedar Audio - removes thumps and resonances and supports audio
up to 96kHz

CEDAR DeNoise96
Written by Cedar Audio - broadband noise removal for audio up to 96kHz


 
       
         
 
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