DARWIN is a stand-alone unit featuring screen-based digital audio workstation (DAW) style recording/editing, tape-based system ease-of-use, and a price point competitive with ADAT and DA-88 modular multitrack digital recorders.
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DARWIN 8-track Digital Audio Disk Recorder
The DARWIN 8-track Digital Audio Disk Recorder bridges many of the traditional differences separating computer-based DAWs and tape-based recording systems on the basis of feature sets, functionality and price.
The first principle of the DARWIN design is to make random access digital audio technology more accessible. Users familiar with the operation of a multi-track recorder will have an intuitive understanding of "DARWINian" operation. The unit's dedicated tape machine-style control buttons, record arm switches, locate buttons and jog/shuttle wheel, mimic the interface of a conventional multi-track recorder. DARWIN features an icon-based graphic user interface, a 240x64 graphic display and six soft keys to provide powerful DAW-style editing. The unit's streamlined appearance reduces front panel clutter, delivers clear access to all other product functions and provides flexibility for easy software feature enhancements.
A computer system is not necessary to utilize the power of DARWIN's random access recording capabilities. No additional monitor, keyboard, or hardware for audio I/O is required. Users may also avoid system compatibility conflicts or the need for add-in cards, boxes, and cable inherent to computer-based solutions.
When used by itself, DARWIN is a powerful stand-alone recorder/editor. DARWIN also serves as a perfect partner to either of the popular digital multitracks on the market today. DARWIN adds random access recording, editing, and additional tracks to tape-based systems. By adding the ADAT digital optical interface option, audio can be kept entirely in the digital domain.
DARWIN Random Access Recording Technology
DARWIN 's true power lies in non-destructive editing capabilities, a component of which, is the Virtual Slave Reel_ tVSR) function. The VSR function makes it possible to instantly create project versions with tracks that can be edited, moved in time, or recorded over without changing the original. The DARWIN advantage allows users to create multiple versions of a project-with completely different edits or different recorded "takes"- and quickly compare them.
VSR may also be used to effectively expand DARWIN's number of tracks through a process of non-destructive digital bouncing and recombination. The operation of creating new tracks and submixes is limited only by available disk space.
DARWIN's multiple levels of undo and redo provide users with a "safety net" during recording and editing. Any track edited or recorded-over by accident or intentionally, may be resurrected immediately. During the editing process, 40 instantly recallable auto locate points offer precision and convenience. This eliminates the time normally wasted during rewinding and shuttling tape-based machines and maximizes productivity.
DARWIN features 4 balanced analog input jacks (1/4" TRS) and 8 balanced analog output jacks (1/4" TRS). Input jacks may be increased to 8, by adding an input expansion card. Inputs and outputs can be selected for either +4db (professional) or -10dB (semi-pro) operating levels. A single 50-pin SCSI port for connection to external data storage is provided standard on each unit. For those wishing to remain completely in the digital domain, S/PDIF Digital input/output is also a standard feature. DARWIN is also equipped with an internal 8x2 digital mixer with pan capabilities for creation of an independent headphone mix and level/pan control during internal digital bounces.
DARWIN Standard Features:
Non-destructive playlist style editing Audition Edit Mode
Tape machine-style punch in/out with foot switch control
Virtual Slave Reel_ (VRS) function
40 instantly recallable locate points
16 levels of undo
Dedicated tape machine-style controls
10 segment LED meters with clip and peak hold
Jog/Shuttle wheel with tape machine-like feel
240x64 LCD for graphic display of editing parameters
44.1 kHz and 48 kHz sample rates supported
Advanced Midi Machine Control and Midi Time Code
Internal 8x2 digital mixer with pan
Backup to standard SCSI DAT drives.
Windows '95 compatible file system
4 analog balanced audio inputs
8 balanced analog audio outputs
Switchable +4/-10 dB operation
S/PDIF Digital I/O
5 rear panel and 2 internal option slots
This was a $4000 digital recorder when I bought it new. Always in my smoke-free studio.
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