Waves Audio has unveiled the new SoundGrid Studio System, a real-time processing and networking platform that allows user DAWs to offload plug-in processing, streamlines and maximizes performance with fast real-time processing and low-latency monitoring, and integrates with all DAWs and SoundGrid-compatible I/Os.
It serves any set-up, from a single DAW with one SoundGrid I/O, to an entire network of host computers, I/Os, and SoundGrid DSP servers.
With its real-time processing and low-latency monitoring, the SoundGrid Studio System can run a nearly unlimited number of plug-ins, allowing users to track and rehearse with near-zero latency. It enables users to connect all components through a centralized hub, as well as to connect multiple DAWs using the SoundGrid ASIO/Core Audio driver.
And, it’s also compliant with SoundGrid-compatible Waves and third-party plug-ins and comes with a line of DSP servers that provide substantial offload capabilities.
The SoundGrid Studio System includes the SoundGrid Studio Application, which manages the SoundGrid network on a host computer; the eMotion ST mixer, which runs plugins in real time for recording, mixing, and low-latency monitoring while tracking or rehearsing; and StudioRack, which runs plug-in chains, saves and loads their presets, and offloads their processing to a SoundGrid DSP server. A SoundGrid ASIO/Core Audio driver connects any DAW to the SoundGrid network as a software I/O.
Combined with DiGiGrid I/Os, the SoundGrid Studio System enables users to process plug-ins in real time, monitor and network with near-zero latency, take advantage of old DigiLink interfaces, and expand their studio by connecting everything through one central I/O.
All DiGiGrid I/O interfaces come with the complete SoundGrid Studio System software. Current owners of DiGiGrid MGB and MGO units can receive the complete SoundGrid Studio System software free of charge. DiGiGrid IOS comes with a $500 (U.S.) voucher for Waves SoundGrid plugins (valid 60 days from licensing; applicable toward non-discounted SoundGrid products).
StudioRack Native is free for Waves plug-in owners covered by the Waves Update Plan (WUP). For non-WUP owners, StudioRack SoundGrid + eMotion ST mixer is sold for a U.S. MSRP of $450.