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Roland announced the Studio Package Pro for Windows, a hardware/software bundle that gives musicians everything needed to record music on a PC. The Studio Package Pro consists of three elements: The SI-24 Studio Interface, RPC-1 R-BUS Interface, and Cakewalk Sonar software. This combination provides 24 tracks of 24-bit/96kHz recording and professional MIDI sequencing with hardware-based control.

The Studio Package Pro is centered on the SI-24 Studio Interface. This combination mixer/control surface is equipped with eight XLR/TRS inputs, a Guitar Hi-Z input, plus digital I/O in S/P DIF and R-BUS formats--all with 24-bit/96kHz sound quality. The SI-24's 13 motorized faders, 12 rotary knobs and 5.1 surround joystick can all be used to control Sonar's mixing functions and plug-ins.

Audio is passed from the SI-24 to and from a computer via the included RPC-1 R-BUS Interface Card, a high-quality PCI audio card. The SI-24 connects to the RPC-1 via a single R-BUS cable, which can handle eight channels of bi-directional 24-bit/96kHz digital audio, along with MIDI information received from the SI-24's MIDI In and Out ports--making the SI-24 a useful MIDI interface as well.

All recording is handled in the computer via the bundled Cakewalk Sonar software. Sonar is Cakewalk's flagship music production software, capable of 24-bit/96kHz recording and professional MIDI sequencing. It also comes with advanced loop construction tools, DXi plug-ins and more. And since the SI-24 is designed to control many of Sonar's mixing functions--including track level and panning, EQ, plug-in parameters and more--users gain hands-on control of their software for an unbeatable combination.

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