Peak is now available in several 'weights' and with differing bundled content. Peak Pro XT 6 packs the biggest punch: as well as Peak Pro 6 itself, you get BIAS's SoundSoap 2 and SoundSoap Pro noise-reduction tools, the Reveal analysis tools, PitchCraft pitch correction, Repli-Q 'fingerprint' equaliser, the SuperFreq paragraphic EQ and the Sqweez three- and five-band compressor/limiters. Both the standard Peak Pro 6 version and Peak Pro XT 6 also come with SoundSoap LE, Reveal LE, WireTap Pro, SFX Machine LT and a one-year membership to Broadjam.com, plus a new selection of sound effects and other audio content from Hollywood Edge, Sound Ideas, Power FX and AMG. The more affordable Peak LE, meanwhile, dispenses with some of the more advanced Peak Pro features, but is still very powerful. A table outlining the full differences between the three versions is available at www.bias-inc.com/products/peakFeatures/index-verbose.php. This review covers the top-flight Peak Pro XT 6 package: for more on the bundled plug-ins, see the SOS reviews of BIAS's Master Perfection Suite (July 2008: /sos/jun08/articles/biasmps.htm) and SoundSoap Pro (February 2005: /sos/feb05/articles/soundsoap.htm). The LE versions are identical to the stand-alone versions, except that they can only be used within Peak and not within other DAW applications.
Lastly, one regrettable note for my international readers, I list prices in USD, dates Month/Day/Year, and measurements in imperial as I live on the mainland of the United States and thus also incurs some of the bias of an American English speaker. Prices differ vastly in foreign markets, and unfortunately, generally, the US is remarkably cheaper for Apple products and some hardware upgrades. Any buying advice will reflect the bias that is implicit to someone living in the US. As far as measurements, I apologize for our measurement system based on ambiguous associations with tangible objects like a child would use. I fully admit the metric system is superior. Temperatures in this guide are expressed in celsius as computer thermals sensor default to celsius.
Audio output is very free form when it comes to computers as they play nicely with analog and digital hardware. There's many routes to go, from inexpensive computer speakers, studio monitors, and home theater receivers to esoteric audiophile brands. For most consumer applications, there's not much reason to use any dedicated computer hardware as digital out is digital out. Audio can be outputted via the analog outputs, SPDIF, Firewire, USB, HDMI (GPU dependent), DisplayPort (GPU dependent), and Bluetooth out-of-the-box. Other formats can be added via upgrades. 2b1af7f3a8