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Alesis MasterLink ML-9600 Hard Disk System

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The ML-9600 MasterLink™ is a new mixdown and mastering system that features hard-disk recording and editing, digital signal processing and CD burning all in one, two-rack space unit. With the arrival of 24-bit, 96kHz. digital audio, music professionals require a way to "future proof" their digital masters today for release later in new consumer formats that have yet to be decided and agreed upon.

MasterLink offers a way to start with the highest quality master recording possible: a stereo 24-bit digital recording with up to a 96kHz. sample rate and store it on a standard $1 CD-R blank. This CD-R could then be played at the mastering room and converted to whatever consumer format is it regular 44.1kHz CD, 24-bit DVD Audio, MP3 or multimedia audio. Alesis has developed a proprietary format called CD24™ that allows about 20-minutes of 24/96 digital audio on a CD-R blank. Furthermore, since the disc is in ISO 9660 format and instead of using another MasterLink, the mastering facility can import the audio into any of the current and popular digital workstations.

A standalone mastering unit, MasterLink has an internal 3.2GB hard drive for up to 95 minutes of 24/96 audio and whole set of mastering tools that let you compress, equalize, peak limit and normalize the audio files before CD burning. In addition, the unit allows for different bit depth files (16, 20 or 24-bit) to be sequenced together and mastered into a cohesive, single bit depth album. If you require, sample rate conversion will downconvert all files to standard Red Book 44.1kHz audio from which you would burn a standard CD-R. Complete with +4dB balanced XLR inputs and outputs, both AES/EBU and SPDIF digital I/O and onboard 24-bit A/D and D/A converters, the MasterLink sells for $1,699. Contact Alesis at 800-5-ALESIS or WEB at

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