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NAB 2017: Fairlight audio tools incorporated into DaVinci Resolve 14 software

Sarah Sharples 25 April 2017
NAB 2017: Fairlight audio tools incorporated into DaVinci Resolve 14 software

At NAB 2017, Blackmagic Design announced the biggest release of DaVinci Resolve 14 – with an update that has been designed to be more than an incremental software update, but a complete revolution in post production, the company says.

New features include up to 10 times performance improvement, a whole new audio post production suite with Fairlight audio built into DaVinci Resolve, and multi user collaboration tools that let multiple people edit, colour and mix audio from multiple systems, all in the same project at the same time.

What this means is that DaVinci Resolve 14 is like three high end applications in one. Customers get professional editing, colour correction and the new Fairlight audio tools. All it takes is a single click to switch between editing, color and audio. Then the new multi user collaboration tools let everyone work on the same project at the same time, so customers no longer have to import, export, translate or conform projects.

The state of the art, super low latency audio engine is designed to work with 192kHz 96-bit audio and delivers up to 1,000 tracks with real time EQ, dynamics processing and plug-ins on every track when used with the Fairlight Audio Accelerator. Plus the new Fairlight audio can record up to 96 channels while simultaneously playing back up to 150 audio channels and mixing it all in real time.

The new Fairlight audio in DaVinci Resolve 14 features a full multi track timeline for subframe editing of audio, down to the sample level. The mixer is designed to let customers create sophisticated sequences and has several main, sub and aux buses for mastering and delivering to multiple formats at the same time. Every channel on the mixer features real time 6 band parametric EQ, along with expander/gate, compressor and limiter dynamics. Clip time warping lets customers stretch or compress audio without shifting pitch. In addition, every single parameter can be automated, even VST plug ins, using a variety of automation modes.

Customers can record voice overs or even an entire symphony orchestra while also monitoring video and multiple channels of dialogue and sound effects. The advanced monitoring can handle buses up to 24 channels wide with customisable fold-up and fold-down for crossing between formats. Monitoring can be done on up to 16 different sets of speakers, including massive cinematic installations.

It works with the Fairlight Audio Accelerator card, which gives customers up to 1,000 zero latency tracks and real time effects processing for EQ, dynamics, and up to 6 VST plug ins per channel.

“The overwhelming success of DaVinci Resolve has been incredibly exciting. It has become the world’s fastest growing editing system and now we’re taking it to the next level with DaVinci Resolve 14,” says Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “With this new version, we didn’t want to do an incremental update. We wanted to make a large leap forward and break new ground. It’s also much more exciting for the whole engineering team here at Blackmagic Design. We are really excited about how quickly editors are switching and we hope that a new generation of audio engineers will enter the industry.”

A public beta of DaVinci Resolve 14 is available for immediate download from the Blackmagic Design website.

www.blackmagicdesign.com

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