Frontier Design Group - January 2006
At the 2005 NAMM show, Frontier Design Group showed TranzPort, the first wireless controller for computer-based studios. At the 2006 show, Frontier builds on TranzPort’s phenomenal success with additional operating system support and a slew of new features. Drivers for Windows x64 let users transitioning to the latest 64-bit CPUs from Intel and AMD bring their TranzPorts with them. Universal Binary Drivers for Mac OS X are also ready to go, making TranzPort compatible with both PowerPC-based and the new Intel-based Macs.
New built-in DAW application support is also available for users of Propellerheads’ Reason, Sony’s ACID, Mackie’s Tracktion, and Image-Line’s FL Studio software, with support in DJ-1800 and MAGIX’s Samplitude coming soon. This adds to an already-impressive list of support that includes Digidesign Pro Tools, Cakewalk SONAR, MOTU Digital Performer, Apple Logic, Steinberg Cubase & Nuendo, SAW Studio, Adobe Audition, and more.
TranzPort also makes its debut in users’ living rooms with this update, with new remote control capabilities for Apple’s iTunes software. Users of this popular media player can now select tracks by artist, album, or song, control playback mode and volume, and select playlists directly from the TranzPort remote control. Unlike other remotes that only offer stop, start, and next track capabilities, TranzPort’s iTunes control gives you complete feedback via its 2×20 character LCD display.
Frontier is also announcing software for remote control of the Alesis HD24 and Roland VS-2480, via free Windows compatible programs that are available from the Frontier Design Group web site. The TranzTools applets translate between the TranzPort’s native control protocol and MIDI Machine Control and MIDI Time Code on another MIDI port connected to the hard-disk recorder. TranzPort remote control of the hard disk recorder’s transport, mutes, solos, input-monitoring, and track-arming are now available to studios based on these machines.
Frontier Design Group Product Specialist Brian George says, “By giving musicians the ability to control their recording software from anywhere in the studio, TranzPort makes recording a lot less stressful and a lot more fun. With the new software support now being offered, we’re making TranzPort even more useful for existing customers by widening the level of compatibility, and we’re supporting our users’ desire to use TranzPort on the latest 64-bit platforms.”