VideoLogic Makes Waves With New SonicVortex2 Software

VideoLogic Systems - a division of Imagination Technologies - today announced that it has added several new software applications to the bundle included with its award-winning SonicVortex2 3D-audio accelerator.

The new programs include Making Waves, a 128-track Digital Audio Music Sequencer and Sampler, top 3D game Descent 3: Sol Ascent and Soft Karaoke Lite as well as trial versions of d-lusion's MJ Studio, DrumStation and RubberDuck. SonicVortex2 can be seen at CeBIT 2000 in Hannover from 24th February - 1st March on the Imagination Technologies stand (Hall 9, A78).

For just £59.99 (UK RRP) / $89 (USA) VideoLogic's SonicVortex2 is an outstanding soundcard featuring A3D 2.0 audio surround and S/PDIF output and provides one of the best software bundles on the market with five outstanding fully functional software applications for music creation and playback. As well as the new applications SonicVortex2 continues to include the award-winning JetAudio media-player (which can even download the title and track information for your CDs from the Internet), the acclaimed Yamaha Softsynth XG and XG Studio (software emulators of the powerful Yamaha XG hardware) and the FutureBeat 3D song-creation program (which includes over 450 MB of audio samples.)

Says David Harold, PR manager, VideoLogic Systems: "SonicVortex2 is now supplied with three feature-packed CDs containing an outstanding selection of high-performance music software. There really is no better value sound card available on the market today. SonicVortex2 is excellent for games and its new comprehensive software bundle has everything required to make serious music on the PC."

"Eminently affordable and with an audio quality only matched by costlier cards, the VideoLogic SonicVortex2 is a great all-rounder for almost any application," said What PC? (UK; November '99 issue). SonicVortex2 has won nine awards from the PC press.Making Waves (OEM Version)

Making Waves from Perceptive Solutions is a complete sequencer package that allows sophisticated songs to be created. "This isn't just another piece of fun music software, but a serious music making tool," said Computer Music magazine (September 99) of Making Waves.

Making Waves' features include professional quality output up to 48kHz; creation of bass lines and melodies; support for any WAV sound samples and exporting of music to CD.

The package includes a 128-track sequencer; an on-board digital sampler; a 128-track stereo mixer; a selection of free loops and samples; a full range of DSP effects and a drum sequencer.

Soft Karaoke Lite (Full Version)

Eatsleepmusic's Soft Karaoke Lite turns the SonicVortex2 equipped home PC into a full-featured karaoke machine. The built in Song Searcher enables users to find their favorite songs and singers in seconds on the Internet.

The volume, pitch and tempo of the performance can all be controlled with a click of the mouse for simple to use karaoke fun and Soft Karaoke Lite's Fade-out feature gives smoother, more professional transitions between songs. Two free karaoke songs are included.

Descent 3: Sol Ascent (OEM Version)

Descent 3 - Sol Ascent is a special version of Descent 3 which contains five vertigo inducing levels with all the action players have come to expect from the Descent series. These include the first few levels from the retail version and a unique level only available in this version.

d-lusion Software (Trial Versions)

MJ Studio from d-lusion interactive media is a virtual mixing console for the digital DJ based on cutting edge MP3-technology. MJ Studio offers all the features of professional DJ equipment using wav and MP3 files with functions like pitching, scratching, volume and 3 band equalizer, all independently for each deck and in real-time. The speed of the tracks can be matched with a supporting BPM (Beats Per Minute) detector and MP3s are mixed with a cross fader on the fly. MJ Studio also includes an 'automix' function that fades each song into the next.

DrumStation DT-010, also from d-lusion, is an easy-to-use software drum machine. based on the concept of the legendary drum computers TR-909, TR-808 and TR-606 whose throbbing bass drums and crashing hi-hats sent generations of dance-music enthusiasts into ecstasy. DrumStation combines cool vintage drum machine features with cutting-edge software synthesis technology.

d-lusion's RubberDuck H30+ is a real-time software synthesizer dedicated to electronic dance music. Roughly based on the well known TB-303, the RD H30+ synthesis model consists of a dual oscillator with a resonant filter sweep applied to it combined with a simple hardware sequencer design which results in the typical twisted, screaming, bubbling bass sound that is often used in Acid House, Goa Trance, or Techno productions.

Yamaha Software (Full Versions)

Yamaha XG soft synthesiser runs at 44.1 kHz 16-bit resolution with full effects processing on MMX PCs, or standard PCs with CPU speeds in excess of 166MHz. The software offers 676 fully programmable voices, 21 fully programmable drum kits and a staggering three parallel 24-bit resolution effects busses. Yamaha XG STUDIO is a compact MIDI file player with support for up to 100 songs loaded at any one time.

Jet Audio (Full Version)

Jet-Audio is a comprehensive home audio system interface from COWON Systems, Inc. Jet-Audio features independent A/V components for Digital Signal Processor, Audio CD Player, Digital Audio (WAV, MP3, RealAudio), MIDI (MID, MOD, XM, S3M, etc.) and Digital Video (AVI, QTW, MPG, RealMovie), along with a Mixer and on-screen Remote Controller. Jet-Audio is simply the only media player users will need, whatever their playback requirements.

FutureBeat 3D (Full Version)

FutureBeat 3D is the first song-creation program to offer the user a full 3D sound-stage via DirectSound 3D. FutureBeat 3D is a remarkably intuitive song creation suite which lets you build your own tracks out of wave samples (over 450MB supplied on the CD!)

Cool features, like the built in drum machine or the ability to sync-trigger samples from keyboard or mouse to build the song in real time, are only the tip of the iceberg. FutureBeat 3D is the first song generator to let you place your instruments on a fully 3D soundstage. Just click on a sample to highlight it, then drag the 'X-marks-the-spot' icon in the 3D sound-stage window to where you want the instrument to be. Combined with a four-speaker surround system (such as VideoLogic's Sirocco Crossfire) FutureBeat 3D is a revolution in 3D audio entertainment.

SonicVortex2 also includes numerous useful software applications in trial, shareware and freeware versions including,

For MP3 encoding and CD-ripping: AudioCatalyst, CD Copy, WinDAC32, BladeEnc, FrontBlade, CodAxe, Plugger+, PluggerShell and Amp3Enc
For Audio/Visual Playback: Aureal Vortex Player, Beat 2000, Dancer DNA, Groove Mechanic.
For Internet Communication: NetMeeting, Internet Phone, VDOPhone