TC Electronic Discontinues the PowerCore

I love my TC Electronic’s Powercore. The hardware software solution has a sound quality clearly above most of my native plug-ins. A few of the Powercore plug-in’s such has TC Helicon’s VoiceModler I think are unique and personally indispensable. I really hope TC Helicon makes VoiceModler available in a native or UAD format.

“As part of a larger strategic review, we have decided to cease further development of the PowerCore product range, including hardware units as well as software for the PowerCore platform.” – TC Electronic

For more info about the crossgrade: gearjunkies.com/news_info.php?news_id=6032

15 Comments

  1. This kind of thing always makes me hesitant to invest in dedicated DSP boxes like Powercore, Duende, Universal Audio, TDM, etc.

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  2. Will they go open source just or will the hardware and software combination die soon?

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    1. I don’t know. I’d like to see them port their plugs to another format.

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  3. aww seriously this is sad for me :( – I only recently bought X5, I use X3 and their 1176 emu and EQSat all the time (the ‘less digital noise’ preset is great. I have a Powercore and a UAD Mk1 – looks like I’m gonna have to go to a UAD-2 PCIe or Firewire and put the Powercore plugs on that. It’s weird though cos I remember reading somewhere that the Powercore chips were faster than UAD – though maybe that was just UAD-1…

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    1. I agree this isn’t ideal. If they port the plugs then it will be ok. For now your system still works. My studio machine is a Powermac G5 2.5. I only very recently wanted to upgrade. For example Stutter Edit requires 10.5 which won’t run on the G5. So when I get a Power Mac I’ll have to say goodbye to my Powercore plug-ins.

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  4. oh so is your Mac a PowerPC chipped Mac and Stutter Edit only runs on the OS X build for intel chips?

    yeah hopefully I should be ok – I’ve been needing to get a UAD-2 card for a long time, and in a way it will be handier to have them all running off 1 if needs be, though I do like the blue Knight Rider/Battlestar Galactica feel of the swishy light on my Powercore Compact

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    1. Actually what’s strange is Stutter Edit is available as a Universal Binary (Intel or Power PC) but as far as I know my G5 can’t run 10.5 in fact I think 10.5 is Intel only… so… Stutter Edit isn’t a Universal Binary. I could be wrong?

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  5. aww:

    ‘The cross-grade offer is valid from February 1, 2011 to June 30, 2011. In order to qualify for the cross-grade offer, PowerCore users must register a new UAD-2 package, including the recently announced UAD-2 Satellite Firewire DSP Accelerator, within this period. Further, the offer is only valid to new users, i.e. users that are new to the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform.’

    so I’m being PUNISHED for owning a UAD and a Powercore? :'(

    I already have UAD Cambridge, but it would be REALLY nice to get Fairchild and Pultec-Pro for free when I get my UAD-2 :(

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    1. I would email both TC and UAD. You never know maybe they will help and understand. You deserve a perk for being a good shopper! :)

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  6. haha I’ll give it a go before June deffo

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  7. I think I’m totally getting screwed by that crossgrade offer. I just picked up a UAD2 mid-December when the Studer came out. Bad timing.

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  8. It wasn’t hard to see this one coming. I have three PowerCore X8’s in my studio and Powercore still doesn’t play well with Snow Leopard / OS 10.6. It was fast, accurate, sounded really good on 10.4 but they just couldn’t seem to make it work on 64 bit. I have thousands invested in plug-in’s including the exepensive reverbs, the Tube Tech compressor and the Harmony… what a waste. To top it off, I’ve had a recent bad experience using the much vaunted TC G-System… I think I’ll avoid TC for the next decade or so.

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  9. @Oliver: Your G5 will run 10.5.8 (required for Stutter Edit), but not 10.6 (Snow Leopard). I recently made the move to an Intel based Mac Pro from my old dual 2.0 G5 and left behind my TC Powercore PCI card. I’m tempted to upgrade my UAD-1, as I have a quantity of purchased UAD plug-ins, but I’ve never been fond of the latency involved with any DSP based system.

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