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In 1996, TC Electronics sent shocks through waveforms with the one-box music making solution known as The Finalizer, as Dave Gale explains….


With a name like Finalizer, you wouldn’t be daft for thinking that it was some sort of character from a Hollywood film, but amongst us home studio types, the Finalizer (or its successor, the Finalizer 96k) made the most tremendous difference to the quality of output and speed of workflow.

Lurking around the back, this 1U 19” rack-mounted device offered plenty to assist the home and pro-end user; SPDIF on RCA Phonos, AES/EBU on balanced connectors, as well as balanced analogue input and outputs. Once you’d managed to get your head around that lot, the basic conversion from analogue to digital, or vice versa, was staggeringly good, so much so I know people who immediately started to use the Finalizer as their A-D/D-A convertor box for conversion duties alongside their chosen DAW.

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