VideoLogic Launches SonicFury™ With Amazing Software Bundle

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VideoLogic Systems - a division of Imagination Technologies - today launched the next-generation of PC audio accelerators with the revolutionary SonicFury DSP-based sound card. SonicFury is available from VideoLogic for just £79.99 (inc. VAT) / 269 DM.

Says Kevin Dale, President, VideoLogic Systems: "SonicFury sets a new benchmark for PC audio with an extensive, innovative feature set that includes a re-configurable DSP core, six-channel sound and audiophile performance. This affordable and versatile sound card is complemented by a diverse selection of superb software for today's digital audio applications."

SonicFury is the result of an agreement by VideoLogic to produce next generation PC soundcards with US based audio company Voyetra Turtle Beach.

SonicFury provides the best software selection on the market with over a dozen outstanding, fully functional software applications for music creation and playback. Programs include: Making Waves, a 128-track Digital Audio Music Sequencer and Sampler; the award-winning JetAudio media-player; Yamaha® SoftSynthesizer™ XG and XG Studio (software emulators of the powerful Yamaha XG hardware); Sonic Foundry® Acid XPress™ loop based multitrack audio sequencer and Siren Jukebox XPress™ music management and playback software tool for MP3, WMA and WAV files; MusicMatch™ Jukebox 5.1 for unlimited CD-quality MP3 recording with Fraunhofer MP3 encoding technology; PCDJ Phat™ cross-mixing software for DJs; FutureBeat™ 3D song-creation software; Voyetra's AudioStation® 4 media player with MIDI Orchestrator 32 and AudioView 32; Voyetra's Digital Orchestrator midi sequencer; Sensaura™ Virtual Ear™; Soft Karaoke and trial versions of d-lusion's MJ Studio, DrumStation and RubberDuck.Making Waves (OEM Version)

Making Waves from Orion is a complete sequencer package for the creation of sophisticated musical compositions. "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; a 128-track stereo mixer; a selection of royalty free loops and samples; a full range of DSP effects and a drum sequencer.

Yamaha Software (Full Versions of Yamaha s-YG20, S-YXG50, XG Studio)

Yamaha XG soft synthesiser runs at 44.1kHz 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 most users will need, whatever their playback requirements.

MusicMatch Jukebox 5.1 (Full version)

Voted best jukebox by PC Magazine, MusicMatch Jukebox is the fastest, easiest to use and most powerful personal jukebox software on the planet. MusicMatch Jukebox provides unlimited CD-quality MP3 recording from CD, vinyl and cassettes with the industry-leading Fraunhofer MP3 encoding technology that delivers recording speeds up to 12 times faster than real time. Integrated CDDB support automatically adds artist, album title and song names to new MP3s when connected to the Internet and support for ID3v2 tagging standard can add cover art, liner notes, lyrics and artist bios to MP3s for viewing during playback. Additional support for recording in Windows Media Audio (WMA) and WAV formats is provided. An integrated 'two-click' CD burning system creates custom audio CDs or MP3 CDs containing up to 150 tracks with support for most standard CD-R and CD-RW drives including printing of custom CD jewel case covers and CD labels. MusicMatch Jukebox plays MP3s, Windows Media, CDs, video and more with drag and drop play lists and the facility to organize digital music collections in a convenient folder view with more sorting options than any other jukebox.

FutureBeat 3D (Full Version)

FutureBeat 3D from Techland® 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 of which are 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 3D soundstage. Just click on a sample to highlight it and then drag the 'X-marks-the-spot' icon in the 3D sound-stage window to where you want the instrument to be, or program for fluid movement during song playback. Combined with a four-speaker surround system (such as VideoLogic's Sirocco Crossfire) FutureBeat 3D is a revolution in 3D audio entertainment.

PCDJ Phat™ (Full version) PCDJ Phat from Visiosonic™ is made by pro DJs to be the ultimate PC entertainment centre, enabling users to mix MP3 files, play CDs, rip CDs (to .wav or .wma formats), play videos, listen to Internet radio, and much more. MP3 files will simply run smoother and sound better on PCDJ Phat and you can play two at once, mixing just like a DJ with turntables. Users can also play their audio CDs with PCDJ Phat, and mix between an audio track and a digital file. PCDJ Phat lets users set up a play list for auto play, and will automatically cross-fade between tracks for a smooth blend between tracks - ideal for a party!

AudioStation® 4 (OEM Version)

AudioStation 4, is the latest media control software from Voyetra Turtle Beach. This new 32-bit software integrates control of your multimedia files in one convenient and useful location. Sporting a brand new interface, AudioStation 4 now supports playback of wave files compressed with MP3 technology and smoother multi-tasking capabilities. In addition, AudioStation 4 is bundled with full versions of AudioView 32 and MIDI Orchestrator 32, two feature-packed media editors which allow you to cut, copy and paste audio files, and re-orchestrate MIDI files. SonicFury also includes a demo version of Voyetra's Music Write 2000 SE.

Digital Orchestrator (Full Version)

Digital Orchestrator from Voyetra Turtle Beach turns the PC into a complete desktop recording studio. With unlimited tracks of MIDI, four tracks of digital audio, digital FX transforms, powerful editing features and the ability to print sheet music, Digital Orchestrator is everything needed to produce music on the PC.

On-screen video tutorials explain how to master Digital Orchestrator's intuitive interface to record, copy, paste and mix MIDI and Digital audio tracks to create professional sounding compositions with digital FX like echo, flange, chorus and reverb. With its powerful features, ease of use and seamless integration of MIDI and digital audio, Digital Orchestrator opens the door to new levels of musical creativity and freedom.

ACID XPress™ (VideoLogic version)

ACID XPress is Sonic Foundry's revolutionary loop-based music creation tool. Users can make their own original music with the click of a mouse and a few 'painted' strokes. Users just click and drag to add the loops to their songs. Any loops work together because ACID XPress matches the tempo and pitch automatically. Finished songs can be saved in Real Media (RM) or Windows Media Technology (WMA) formats.

SIREN Jukebox XPress™ (VideoLogic version)

Sonic Foundry's SIREN Jukebox XPress music management software transforms the PC into the ultimate music entertainment centre. SIREN XPress lets users 'rip' their CD collections onto convenient hard drive storage in WAV, WMA or MP3 formats (MP3 encode restricted to 20 free tracks) and its advanced organisational features can be used to create custom play lists of favourite songs. SIREN Jukebox XPress is the easy way to upload custom play lists to portable MP3 players. Used as a PC MP3 player, SIREN Jukebox XPress maximizes the audio experience with dazzling, colourful real-time computer animation that pulses and interacts with the music as it plays.

Sensaura VirtualEar™ (Tool)

Sensaura's new VirtualEar technology allows individual gamers to 'tweak' the synthesised 3D hearing cues of gaming environments to be as close as possible to the natural 3D listening cues that are created by their own ears. VirtualEar incorporates a user-friendly wizard for set-up purposes, together with both 'quick' and 'advanced' protocols. The quick option provides 25 pre-set HRTF (Head Related Transfer Functions) types for the listener to choose from, while the advanced option provides total control of four different parameters, namely concha depth, concha openness, head size and ear size.

Soft Karaoke (Full Version)

Eatsleepmusic's Soft Karaoke turns the SonicFury equipped PC into a full-featured karaoke machine. The built in Song Searcher enables users to find their favourite 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's Fade-out feature gives smoother, more professional transitions between songs. Two free karaoke songs are included.

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

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, that 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.

SonicFury also includes numerous useful software applications in trial, shareware and freeware versions including:
For MP3 encoding and audio/CD-ripping: AudioCatalyst, CodAxe, Groove Mechanic
For Audio/Visual Playback: Dancer DNA
For Internet Communication: NetMeeting

Editors Note

A separate press release 'VIDEOLOGIC LAUNCHES SONICFURY™' describes in full the SonicFury's hardware capabilities. SonicFury will be available across Europe and in Australia and New Zealand from VideoLogic. A product called Santa Cruz, based on the same technology, is available in North America from Turtle Beach. Together Turtle Beach and VideoLogic, two of the most respected names in PC audio, will be ensuring the maximum developer and channel support for these new soundcards, which they expect will redefine the standard for PC audio accelerators.
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