Sound Magic Releases Serenade Workstation

US Portable and affordable DSD/DXD/Hi-Res Music Production Workstation      08/12/14

Sound Magic Releases Serenade Workstation

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Sound Magic tells us that they have released the Serenade Hi-Resolution Workstation which we brought you news of a few weeks ago. This is the story in their own words...

Serenade DSD/DXD/ High-Resolution music Workstation is designed for high resolution music production. It is a complete package consisting of Serenade 384KHz USB 2.0 Audio Interface, a Digital Audio Workstation based on Tracktion, a DSD/DXD Effect Plugin Bundle and a DSD&PCM Bi-directional Converter software.

Back in 1999, The "Next Generation" Audio Format was introduced by Sony and Philips as a successor to the standard audio CD technology (PCM). It was called Digital Stream Data - formally known as Super Audio Compact Disc. DXD (which stands for the Digital Extreme Definition and has a 24 Bit/352.8KHz resolution) is an alternative encoding scheme developed to aid in editing DSD. Neither format became as popular as they were expected to for 3 main reasons:

  • DSD is a format which is very difficult to edit and process directly
  • Most professional audio interfaces are at 24Bit/192KHz, and cannot support higher resolution (such as 24Bit/352.8KHz), nor do they have native playback support for the DSD format
  • The workstation which can make DSD/DXD formats are far too expensive for most musicians

Serenade Workstation managed to solve these issues by:

  • Providing a USB audio interface which supports up to 32 Bit/384KHz (which can playback DXD) and native playback support for 4 kinds DSD resolutions: DSD64,DSD128,DSD256 and DSD512.
  • Providing a DAW and plug-ins that work at 32 Bit/352.8KHz and 32 Bit/384KHz resolution, allowing for nearly lossless conversion to DSD. This makes DSD an editable format, allowing for mixing and mastering.
  • Providing the entire solution at a very affordable price of $999, far less than any other DSD/DXD workstation - and even lower than a lot of common mixing/mastering solutions.

The Portable Solution, Hi-Res Music Production Everywhere - With Your Laptop

Serenade Workstation features a USB audio interface which is very small in size (12cm*12cm*3cm), and can be directly powered by USB or battery powered. This makes the whole workstation very portable. Your laptop is the entire workstation - no need to carry extra equipment or an over-sized computer.

What's more, the Plug-in Bundle is also designed with portability in mind. As we all know, laptop's CPUs normally have less computing power than desktop PCs, and when running higher resolutions such as 32 Bit/352.8KHz, the cost of computing power can be nearly 10 times as as much as when working with16 Bit/44.1KHz resolutions. The Serenade Workstation has specially designed plugins which not only work well under 32Bit/384KHz, they create far less of a load for your CPU. Our Testing Labs have shown that modern laptops with a quad core CPUs can mix 32 tracks in the DXD/DSD format with no problems.

Sometimes, "affordable" means "cheap" - and that always means a reduction in quality. But that's not the case with the Serenade Workstation. We integrate a Reference Grade Digital to Analog Converter which has a Dynamic Range of 123dB, THD+N of -106dB, a headphone amp features a stereo crosstalk over 120dB and 300mV output power. These high tech specs all ensure the amazing
sound quality of Serenade Workstation.

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