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Klark Teknik debuts pre-production high-resolution hard-disk recorder

test 18 September 2007

UK: Klark Teknik utilised the showcase afforded by the recent annual PLASA lighting and sound exhibition to introduce a pre-production version of the DN9696, billed as “the industry’s first high resolution hard-disk recorder aimed at the live performance environment.” As first reported here, Klark Teknik also announced its acquisition of the Sony Oxford SuperMAC and HyperMAC audio networking business during this year’s show, writes David Davies.

A response to a market that now puts an increasing emphasis on live recording for both archiving purposes and subsequent commercial release, the DN9696 offers 96 tracks of 96kHz audio at 24-bit and nine hours internal recording time. Mirrored drive capability enables simultaneous internal and external HD recording for real-time backup and redundancy, removing the need for time-consuming copying at the end of a concert.

Other features of the DN9696 – which is packaged as a stand-alone single box solution – include both front panel and GUI operation, dual redundant AES50 connections, full integration with Midas digital systems, standalone recording using Midas XL8 analogue, digital I/O and industry standard BWAV files that can be imported into any DAW system.

The heart of the DN9696 is provided by a customised version of the SADiE MTR software and DSP core, with added features specifically for the live environment, among them a front panel Solo/PFL headphone output for monitoring and simple transport controls for play/stop/record functions.

According to Klark Teknik, the DN9696 – which occupies only 5U of rack space – has very simple cable requirements and does not require a dedicated recording technician.

At the PLASA launch, SADiE boss Joe Bull said working on the project was “a great experience for both companies”.

Meanwhile, for a catch-up on one of Klark Teknik’s other headline-grabbing announcements – namely the company’s acquisition of the Sony Oxford SuperMAC and HyperMAC audio networking business – click here to read PSN-e’s coverage.

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