So we get to go to Frankfurt in the cold spring weather others get to go to NAB in Vegas - I've never been to that city though I keep promising myself a trip someday - maybe next time eh?
But we still get the news from there, and right now the NAB show is on and Apple have introduced a new package in the form of Soundtrack Pro "a revolutionary new application that gives audio and video professionals the easiest and most flexible way to create, control and fix audio."
Soundtrack Pro features an innovative waveform editor with flexible Action Layers that allow users to instantly re-order, bypass or change any edit, effect or process. Intelligent Find-and-Fix features quickly identify and repair common audio problems such as background noise, pops, clicks and hum. With full multitrack editing and mixing, over 50 professional effect plug-ins from Apple?s award-winning Logic Pro 7, and more than 1,000 professional quality sound effects, Soundtrack Pro provides the most intuitive, yet precise way to create stunning audio.
"In an HD world where production values are high, Soundtrack Pro
ensures that the audio sounds as good as the picture looks," said Rob
Schoeben, Apple?s vice president of Applications Marketing. "Just as
Final Cut Pro revolutionized the world of non-linear editing, Soundtrack Pro will do the same for audio editing and sound design."
Action Layers in Soundtrack Pro?s innovative waveform editor let audio
and video professionals quickly re-order, bypass or change any edit,
effect or process. Integrated Action Lists deliver a complete history
of edits and audio processing tasks, enabling users to revise decisions
at any time while experimenting with sound design. Effect parameters
can be tweaked spontaneously long after an effect has been applied to
the audio waveform. Intelligent Find-and-Fix features quickly identify
and repair common audio problems such as background noise, pops, clicks
and hum and can be set automatically or manually for complete control.
With over 50 professional plug-ins including Space Designer, Match EQ
and Linear Phase EQ from Apple?s Logic® Pro 7 music creation and
production software, Soundtrack Pro provides a powerful set of tools
for audio and video professionals to sculpt the perfect sound for their
productions. Soundtrack Pro comes with over 5,000 Apple Loops that add
depth to the action and emotion of pictures with musical elements and
sound effects ranging from earthshaking explosions and whooshes, to
subtle ambient effects.
An integrated mixer in Soundtrack Pro with control surface support
enables audio pros to interact with audio tracks using a familiar
interface. Audio pros can apply common effects to multiple tracks and
group common tracks using busses. Support for Mackie Control surface
protocol allows sound editors to use hardware faders and knobs for
tactile control over mix parameters to delve deeper into creating the
Soundtrack Pro offers unprecedented integration within Apple?s Final
Cut® Studio, the ultimate HD video production suite which allows
professional editors to work in any format from DV, SD, HD to film, and
elevate production values with powerful editing tools, revolutionary
sound design, real-time motion graphics and next generation DVD
authoring. Users can seamlessly move between other Final Cut Studio
applications and Soundtrack Pro for quick audio touch-up and creation.
Entire sequences from Final Cut Pro® 5 can be taken to the Soundtrack
Pro multitrack editor for larger scale, audio post production.
AppleScript® capabilities built into Soundtrack Pro simplify and
accelerate the video production process by automating common and
repetitive audio tasks. Audio and video professionals can execute
complete Soundtrack Pro scripts directly from within Final Cut Pro 5
any time they need them. Automator, an application integrated in Mac OS
X version 10.4 "Tiger," helps streamline more complex tasks without any
Pricing & Availability
Soundtrack Pro will be available in May through the Apple Store®
(www.apple.com), Apple?s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers
for a suggested retail price of $299 (US). Soundtrack Pro is available
as part of Final Cut Studio, Apple?s ultimate HD video production suite
which includes Final Cut Pro 5, Motion 2, DVD Studio Pro 4 and
Soundtrack Pro for a suggested retail price of $1,299 (US). Full system
requirements and more information on Soundtrack Pro can be found at