TC |Works chose the AES show this weekend to announce the 3rd party development program for TC PowerCore,
an open DSP hardware platform for VST and MAS. Steinberg, Mark Of the
Unicorn, DUY, ANTARES and TC Helicon have announced their support of the new
concept and format, with Antares already announcing a version of their
award-winning AutoTune 3 for mid-summer release!
TC PowerCore is a PCI card that acts as a DSP Turbo for performing CPU
intensive number crunching tasks necessary for high-end signal processing
without taxing the host computer, and for running more processing algorithms
simultaneously. Using Motorola DSPs specifically designed for audio
processing, the TC PowerCore provides significant performance advantages
over native processing, with roughly the power of four Mac G4s running at
500 MHz each on a single card featuring 4 Motorola 56K DSPs and an
additional PowerPC processor. TC PowerCore seamlessly delivers professional
signal processing performance integrated into any VST-compatible sequencer
or audio application such as Cubase, Nuendo, Spark, Peak or Logic.
The TC PowerCore's performance provides the user with enough power to run 8
high-end reverbs, mastering processors or similarly "heavy" processes, in
addition to any native VST/MAS Plug-Ins at the same time. 24/96 is
supported, though uses up more resources (halving the available DSP power).
Running the included TC TOOLS (TC MegaReverb, TC Chorus/Delay and TC EQSat),
12 Plug-Ins can be loaded at the same time. Multiple cards are also
supported by the design, allowing for expansion as the needs grow.
The TC PowerCore card uses a new Plug-In format, "VST/MAS PowerCore" which
is implemented to run as an extension to VST or MAS. The user interface code
runs on the host and acts like a VST/MAS Plug-In while all the CPU intensive
DSP code runs on the card, freeing up precious performance resources on the
host computer. PowerCore plug-ins have to be specifically written for TC
Powercore though they are handled like any other VST Plug-In, to be used in
conjunction with common native VST Plug-Ins without any restriction. No
special versions of host software are required.
PowerCore will be available for MacOS, from May 2001.
PC Version to follow at the end of 2001.
Recommended Retail Price: USD $1. 299,- / UK £ 999,- / DEM 2.999,-
(Including TC TOOLS and SparkLE)