PreSonus has announced Capture 2.0, a major upgrade to its audio recording software for PC and Mac.
Designed specifically for live recording, Capture is bundled with all PreSonus StudioLive series digital recording and performance mixers and is preconfigured for instant use. Version 2 further streamlines workflow and adds significant new safety features to an already stable recording platform.
A new Start page lets the user instantly create new sessions and access previous ones. Capture's overall design has been updated with a darker colour scheme for improved visibility and legibility in difficult lighting conditions. A new Big Meter mode turns a computer monitor into a metre bridge.
Capture 2.0 includes several workflow enhancements. Clicking the Record Now button on the Start page creates a new session and immediately starts recording. A new Prerecord feature captures audio on all tracks, starting up to a minute before recording begins. Even saving a session can be automated with user-definable Auto-Save intervals. Capture also stores the active session automatically whenever the transport is stopped and the session is changed.
Sessions can now store metadata, and folder structures are organised by artist, performance, location, and song. When a new session is created, Capture uses the metadata to automatically name the session and, optionally, create the appropriate subfolders.
A new Soundcheck mode makes it simple to virtually soundcheck using previously recorded material. Create a new session and press the Soundcheck button, and Capture will try to find previous sessions. Drag-and-drop tracks to reorder them in the arrangement and match any channel layout on the mixer.
Capture 2.0 is free to all StudioLive users and is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6.8 and higher, or with Windows 7 and 8 (32/64-bit). It is expected to be available in the first quarter of 2013.
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