updated 12:38 am EST, Wed January 22, 2014
828x audio interface with Thunderbolt technology provides comprehensive I/O
MOTU has released its newest audio interface of the 828 series, the 828x with Thunderbolt connectivity. Though still possessing USB 2.0 connections, the 828x provides low-latency performance thanks to Thunderbolt, due to the latter's ability to maintain speed in high-bandwidth applications.
The 828x features 28 inputs and 30 outputs, including two combo-style mic/guitar inputs with preamps, eight balanced analog ins and outs, XLR main outs, 16 channels of ADAT optical, and more. Its "studio-grade" mic channels with a pre-converter for outboard gear and hardware limiting can record up to 192 kHz. Its on-board digital mixer, CueMix FX, allows users to apply DSP-driven compression, EQ, and reverb, independent of a host computer. Able to support OS X and Windows operating systems, the 828x is suitable for cross-platform usage, and is compatible with most audio software available. MOTU's 828x audio interface has a list price of $1,000, and is now available from retailers and online.
Akvis' Restoration Bundle offers updates for Retoucher, MultiBrush, Coloriage
Three of Akvis' photo retouching programs have received updates, offering a new sharing feature, support for more RAW formats, and more. Users can remove dust, stains, scratches and other defects with Akvis Retoucher, enhance and heal with Akvis MultiBrush, and colorize black and white images with Akvis Coloriage. All of these programs are available as both Photoshop plugins as well as standalone applications, and can be purchased separately, or as a bundle at 40 percent off.