|Discmatic has announced the release of an enhanced version of the innovative
ONYX 100-disc CD duplicator, which features 12x drives and a new processor
that combine to significantly boost copying speed.
Developed and designed by Discmatic, ONYX is an easy-to-use, multidrive,
stand-alone CD duplicator that offers automatic, unattended operation.
The new, upgraded version supports up to four Plextor 12x professional-grade
CD-RW drives, allowing duplication of 33 full-sized CDs in 1 hour. It can
duplicate up to 100 CDs at the touch of a button, and has a 15-GB hard
disk—up from 4 GB—that can store more than 20 full CD images for instant
In addition to the 12x Plextor drives, another enhancement is a new
processor that allows faster copying through asynchronous operation—each
drive initiates copying independently. The original ONYX waited for every
drive to be loaded with a disc before copying would start. Now, each drive
begins copying the instant a disc is loaded, speeding up the process.
According to the company, the new 12x ONYX uses the same precise, proprietary
autoloading mechanism that has proven its reliability over the last year.
The exclusive system picks up each disc by the rim, lifts it over the spindle,
and loads it into any one of the recorders. Another unique ONYX feature
is a drive bay where an optional CDROM reader can be installed for those
who want the enhanced reading accuracy such a drive provides. The bay is
front-mounted for easy access.
ONYX has its core logic stored on an advanced flash ROM rather than
on the hard disk (which can cause reliability problems in some duplicators).
In addition, the internal firmware can be quickly and easily upgraded via
a firmware CD, which is available from Discmatic resellers.
According to the announcement, ONYX offers an array of features that
ensure operational ease and versatility. Multidrive batch copying allows
ONYX to duplicate multiple master discs in a single operation. A master
and blanks are stacked, followed by the next master and the required number
of blanks, and that pattern is followed for each master that’s to be copied.
Also, to create audio compilations the unit allows selected tracks to be
easily assembled onto a usercreated master.
With its new design, ONYX is intended to fit in with any office or studio
environment. The cabinet has a translucent blue cover that pivots up to
allow access to the spindles. According to the company, it easily fits
on a tabletop, occupying no more space than any other office machine, such
as a printer, scanner, or desktop PC.
ONYX supports all major CD formats, including CD-ROM, CD-DA (DAO and
TAO), CD-EXTRA, Mixed Mode, Multi-session, HFS, Hybrid, PhotoCD, VideoCD,
CD-I, PSX, Sega CD, Rock Ridge (UNIX), and CD+G (karaoke).
ONYX also offers the option of software control, using a version of
Prassi PrimoCD software specifically developed for the company. Purchasers
of the stand-alone ONYX can easily add software control at any time by
purchasing the Prassi software, available through Discmatic resellers.
The software-controlled version allows ONYX to meet a wide range of needs
by offering additional functions and features. Also, operating ONYX through
a networked PC expands the unit’s mastering capability by allowing access
to files beyond those on the PC’s hard drive.
The Discmatic line of CD duplicators is marketed by CBC (AMERICA) Corp.,
an ISO 9002-registered company. CBC (AMERICA) Corp. is the largest overseas
subsidiary of Japan-based CBC Co., Ltd., with its main offices located
in Commack, New York.
Source: Discmatic, Commack, NY, 800/ 422-6707, 631/864-9700; http://www.discmatic.com.