Bias is leading the charge of audio-application developers to Mac OS X, with two of its applications, Peak and Deck, tabled for a late-autumn release.

Christine Berkley, Bias' vice president of marketing, confirmed: "We are Carbonizing both applications. When completed they will take full advantage of OS X's features." The company demonstrated the applications at Macworld Expo, New York.

Bias Peak is a two-track digital-audio editing and processing application. The Carbonized version is scheduled for release in November. A Carbonized version of BIAS Deck - the company's multitrack audio-editing, mixing, and signal-processing program - is anticipated soon after. Deck supports up to 999 virtual tracks, real-time automated mixing, and multiple plug-ins.

Anyone interested in participating in the company's beta-testing programme should contact Beta Program. Berkley said: "There have been no problems developing for OS X so far. Apple has been extremely supportive and helpful, and things are moving along nicely."

She confirmed that a number of elements are missing from the CoreAudio implementation within the current build of OS X, but added that "Mac OS X 10.1 is said to have complete audio functionality".

"Thanks to OS X's CoreAudio, Peak and Deck will 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."

Pricing and upgrade paths for the applications will be released as Bias approaches the end of the products' development cycle.

In related News, Emagic also announced plans for OS X, planning a September release of Logic Audio 5.0 with various drivers.

The spate of OS X audio releases follows recent research showing OS X to be the best-ever Mac OS for audio.