Blackmagic Design (BMD) has added audio post-production capabilities to its DaVinci Resolve editing and grading system, making use of the technology that it absorbed when it bought Fairlight in 2016.

Version 14 of Resolve includes tools for audio recording, editing and sweetening, professional bussing, mixing and routing. It also features multi format mastering to 3D audio formats such as 5.1, 7.1, Dolby and 22.2.

BMD chief executive Blackmagic Design Grant Petty said, “We didn’t want to do an incremental update. We wanted to make a large leap forward and break new ground. We hope that a new generation of audio engineers will enter the industry.”

The audio engine is designed to work with 192kHz 96-bit audio and offers up to 1,000 tracks.

Other new features in v14 include an increase in performance, said to be 10 times faster than the previous version, and multi-user collaboration.

At the same time, Blackmagic Design has dropped the price of DaVinci Resolve Studio from $999 (£780) to $299 (£234). The free version of Resolve also includes the new audio tools.

A public beta of DaVinci Resolve 14 is available now.

Blackmagic bought Fairlight in 2016.

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