The company will release Spark XL 2.7 next month. This upgrade is the first to support Mac OS X - OS 9 support has been discontinued. This update adds direct CD burning from within the playlist. It also adds some audio-mastering features, including crossfade and pause from the playlist. The company will introduce support for Apple's Audio Unit plug-in architecture within this application in spring. The solution costs $599.
TC Works has also released a Mac OS X driver for the PowerCore Digital Signal Processing card. This introduces Audio Unit plug-In support and enhances system performance. All users of Emagic's Logic Audio, Steinberg's Cubase SX or other applications with VST or Audio Unit plug-in support can use the new OS X driver. A version for MOTU will follow later this spring.
A new product - Assimilator for PowerCore is available now. This processes the EQ-curve of any reference mix onto any target material. It can be used to analyze the EQ-curve of any reference material and apply target material in real-time. It costs $299.
The company also announced PowerCore 1.7 for OS X. The DSP product update adds a selection of plug-ins, including: MegaReverb; ClassicVerb; a virtual multiband mastering processor; a five-band mastering equalizer; an analogue sounding compressor and limiter and chorus/delay. This product ships in March as a free upgrade, or as a full product for $1,199.