We've followed the progress of TC Electronic's PowerCore system from it's inception (see our reviews), from the PCI card to the rackmount FireWire unit and now to the new PowerCore Compact.
In case you still don't know what we're on about, the PowerCore provides a bunch of additional DSP power for your computer's audio processing, with quality plug-ins provided for reverb, delay, vocal and guitar processing, EQ, mastering and more. Plug-ins are run using the on-board DSP, freeing up the host computer to do more.
The new PowerCore Compact connects to the host computer via FireWire and provides a home for a pair of Motorola 150MHz DSP's each with 512Kb of RAM, enabling you to run the twelve included plugins, or to expand your arsenal with any of the optional plug-ins from Sony Oxford, Access Music, Novation and more.
PowerCore Compact will ship at the beginning of October at EUR 760/£515 (ex. VAT) and USD 995 MSRP.
Like all PowerCore devices, PowerCore Compact supports any VST or Audio Unit based digital audio workstation. It moves professional signal processing beyond the walls of the studio, and has the capability to run multiple reverbs, virtual Finalizers and other high-end effects simultaneously. The PowerCore Compact comes with a 266 MHz PowerPC and two 150 MHz Motorola DSPs each with 512 Kb Ram, and it connects instantly to computers via FireWire connectors. Multiple PowerCore Compacts can be combined with each other or with several PowerCore FireWires and/or PowerCore Elements for even more power.
Thomas Valter, Product Manager at TC Electronic explains: “There is no doubt that portability and access to high-quality processing are key issues for users of professional music and film editing applications. With the PowerCore Compact, you get both.”