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Skinner sets sights on SADiE 6

Renowned mastering engineer Ron Skinner has become one of Canada’s first recording professionals to invest in the latest version of the DAW.

Acclaimed Canadian mastering engineer Ron Skinner began using SADiE in 1999 when he purchased a 24/96 with eight channels of I/O, and has continued to upgrade ever since. He was the first to take delivery of a PCM-8 system in North America, and has recently installed a PCM-H16 with the new SADiE 6 software platform. Skinner opted to upgrade his laptop to SADiE 6 as well, using it in conjunction with a BB2-J and occasionally native hardware. “I need to keep up to date with the software in order to compete and to stay relevant for my clients,” Skinner says. “This is why I reacted so quickly to the launch of SADiE 6. I literally upgraded the very first day it became available in North America.” Skinner says the transition to SADiE 6 was easy as there were enough similarities with his existing system to make it straightforward. He’s also pleased to have the same power and flexibility on hand via his laptop. “The trim editor is the single most important tool in SADiE. It’s very unique, and allows for very fast and precise editing that I just haven’t found on any other system,” he says. “Now that SADiE runs with native drivers, I don’t need I/O or DSP cards to run the software – I use the Windows driver that came with my laptop. This allows me to listen on the computer speakers or headphones without any hardware.” Since installing SADiE 6 into his Toronto-based mastering suite, Heading North Mastering, Skinner has used the new software on two projects for Canadian Roots acts Elliott Brood and The Warped 45s. The BBC has also just ordered its first 50 licenses for its BBC North facility in Salford and has selected SADiE as the standard ‘Craft Editor’ for audio to aid its radio production and playout automation systems. In other news, Prism Media Products Ltd. has been presented with its Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the category of International Trade, which can only be achieved if a company has shown substantial and sustained increase in export earnings over three consecutive 12-month periods. “This award would not have been possible without the hard work and effort put in by all my staff,” says Graham Boswell, Prism Media’s sales director. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank them; I am really proud of them all.”