BIAS Inc. has announced that its two flagship audio programs, Peak and Deck, will soon support Macintosh OS X, Apple's next-generation operating system. To affirm its commitment, BIAS previewed an OS X-compatible version of Peak at the recent 2001 summer Macworld Expo, in the OS X area of the Apple booth.
BIAS Peak is one of the world's most popular two-track digital audio editing/processing applications for the Macintosh. The "Carbonized" (OS X-compatible) version is scheduled to be released November 2001 - making BIAS one of the first developers to release a professional audio tool to support the newest version of the Macintosh operating system. A Carbonized version of BIAS Deck - the acclaimed multitrack audio editing, mixing, and signal processing program, with support for up to 999 virtual tracks, realtime automated mixing, and multiple plug-ins - is anticipated soon after the Peak release.
Based upon a powerful Unix foundation, Apple's Mac OS X has been widely lauded by reviewers, industry experts, and users for its performance and reliability - and for its streamlined and elegant user interface, known as "Aqua." Along with supporting all the enhancements provided by OS X, the forthcoming versions of Peak and Deck will also run under OS 9.
Support for Apple's New Core Audio Technology
In developing these new versions of Peak and Deck, BIAS is working to ensure that both programs are fully compliant with Core Audio, a key component of OS X. "Our customers will certainly benefit from OS X's more publicized features, such as protected memory space for enhanced system stability, and, of course, the very cool Aqua interface," said Christine Berkley, VP of Marketing at BIAS. "But thanks to Core Audio, Peak and Deck will also support new generations of multichannel, multiclient hardware, with performance that can exceed 24-bit / 96kHz. Just imagine, for instance, running Deck on channels 1 through 6 of an audio interface, while simultaneously running Peak on channels 7 and 8 - and that's just the tip of the iceberg."
Availability and Pricing
Peak and Deck for OS X are targeted to ship in the Fall of 2001. Details such as pricing and new feature enhancements for the forthcoming OS X-compatible versions of Peak and Deck will be announced at a later date. Product details for all current versions of BIAS software - including Peak, Deck, and Vbox, an advanced signal processing control environment - can be found at www.bias-inc.com.