Already have a Sound
Card? Need a balanced XLR Microphone input? Possibilities! An
'Everything' Consumer Sound Card from Creative's
www.EMU.com - 24-bit/192kHz
Desktop Sampling Systems (6/1/2004).
Bay Device: Rolls
RFX Bellari: GCi404 Audio Computer Interface
- Perfect compliment to an existing Audio
Card? Mounts into a 5.25" Computer Drive Bay! Features:
Single balanced XLR Microphone input with phantom power + (1) 1/4"
Instrument signal and a group of stereo Line Input signals and stereo
Phono preamp with grounding post and built-in RIAA equalization
- Rolls GCi404: Price: $99.95
New to PC Computer Audio? Do you need a
little help in cutting through the sales hype?
Whether searching for a Soft
Synth/Sampler, Audio Editor,
Beat Slicing / Beatmapper Remixing Tool or an Audio
Conversion application, you'll find the lines become
blurred when trying to separate each tool. And that's ok. Dual purpose can
be a good thing. Otherwise, we'd never own anything or go broke trying. My
favorites are anything from Sonic Foundry from Sound Forge to Acid Pro.
I've had better luck with SF Sound Forge as an Audio Editor than some
other products out there. If you're getting into Looping, talk to some of
your friends or those whom you hold in high esteem. See what they use and
why they like those Tools. We'll cover a few favorites in the coming
months as time permits.
Another series of questions always come
to mind... 1.) How much does it cost. 2.) Do I really need
it or just want it for whatever reason? 3.) How far do you plan to
get involved with this field... For fun, Profit or in between - ProSumer? 4.)
Will it work with my hardware?
Shop around, you'll find opportunities if
you have the time and inclination to be observant and patient. If however
time is money - Just go for it! Maybe Sound Design is in your blood and
you just don't know it yet!
We're covering a lot of ground here over
important Audio Related Topics. Ever wonder which Sound Card to use? Read
their newsgroups, if available, and learn what other Users are having
trouble with as well as what works and why. Ever notice some Vendors, like
Sonic Foundry, never divulge what they use or recommend. The party line
stinks! We have links below that can help. When selecting an Audio
application, take a closer look @ those recommended Hardware Specs - If
provided. Driver support is a big deal too! Not all Sound Cards survive an
O/S Upgrade. Not all ProAudio companies can survive a Season either.
Remember SeaSound? Take that too into account. Granted everything changed
in 1998 with regards to Sound Card options available to us as witnessed by
new chipsets and new companies. Competition is always healthy for the
market place. And it just keeps getting better! GB
Project5 Soft Synth Workstation (3/28/2003).
Revolution - High-Definition 7.1 Surround Sound Card: (3/17/03).
Metamorphosis Into recordLab.com (6-9-01).
Card chipsets (November 1998).
101 - I/O Connectivity Specs (5-2-99).
Harmony-Central.com: Nuendo 3 Now Shipping:
"Steinberg [Audio Group of Pinnacle Systems] has released the latest
version of its Nuendo Media Production System. Nuendo 3 offers a range
of new features and technologies for post production, surround
production and high-end recording, mixing and editing." (12/17/2004)
www.ExtremeTech.com - Intel HD Audio Arrives:
Azelea, High Definition Audio Spec replaces AC97 Spec
Harmony-Central.com - Coyote R&D Introduces Musi-Can Rackmount PC:
Musi-Can PC Digital Audio Workstation, RackMounted PC (2/24/2004).
Offering NetMIDI & Remote Control. "Run programs like
your Network as if they were an application on your Desktop!"
www.ExtremeTech.com - Dolby Turns Motherboard Audio Up to Eleven:
"Intel's HDA Spec [Azalia]
provides three basic things for MotherBoard Audio:
- Support for up to 7.1 channels
- DVD-Audio support (multi-channel 96KHz/24-bit, two-channel
- Dynamic jack configuration (jack-sensing)
The spec is currently at version 0.9 and plans call for HDA audio
devices to ship with Grantsdale motherboards later this year."
- Digital Audio Primer: "...a list of common and useful
terms, their definitions, and a description of some of the more
popular and interesting digital audio formats." Reported on
- PHASE 22 PCI Audio Interface Now Shipping: (10/29/2003).
- New JD6 Rackmount Direct Box from Radial: "Multi-channel
passive direct box designed for... interfacing computers and digital
electronics with quieter and sonically superior audio systems."
- Radial JD6 - Six
channel rackmount direct box: FAQ - "...perfectly
suited for guitars, basses and just about any instrument you can
think of... passive direct box."
- OMX 64 DAW Added to Open Labs Product Line: Open Labs 64 bit
PC DAW (10/21/2003).
- www.OpenLabs.com: Home of
OpenSynth NeKo 64 Keyboard based on AMD's Opteron Processor
Develops World's First 8-Channel AC'97 Audio CODEC- ALC850:
Technologies: Via Vinyl Six-TRAC codec Audio to enable high
quality Audio in an AC'97 solution. "Enabling 6 channel outputs
with 20-bit resolutions the VIA Six-TRAC (VT1616) can support full 5.1
surround sound enabling theatre-quality home audio systems."
Technologies: VIA Envy24PT PCI Multi-Channel Audio
Controller - Supports 7.1 multi-channel formats + 24 bit / 96
KHz Sample Rate resolutions. Fully supporting Dolby Digital EX and
DTS ES DVD-Video soundtrack playback.
Notes: Shure Newsline - Bringing Users up-to-the-minute news and
links on the latest Shure happenings, gear, artists, contests,
promotions, resources and more... (5/27/2003).
- Inside the Knowledge Base -
Systems for Houses of Worship.
Incorporated - It's Your Sound! Sure Microphone Resources.
Pictures Digital to Buy Desktop Software Assets of Sonic Foundry:
Well, it finally happened. What will happen to those loyal customers?
And what about issues with Software Activation and Registration? Take
a good look @ the future of your PC Audio! Remember Sonic Foundry
Siren Jukebox? How quickly the public forgets! Posted on Friday,
May 02, 2003 (5/6/2003).
Everyone who knows us, knows of our
appreciation for Sonic Foundry products and our loyalty. Now - We
expect this to be a great opportunity for both Cakewalk's
Sonar & Project5 apps encouraging Users to Cross Upgrade as
well as Pinnacle's Steinberg products for Cross Upgrades from the old
Sonic Foundry line! 'Good By' to a great product line from Sonic
Foundry... Not the first company to forget their roots. The likes of
Sound Forge & Acid in the hands of Sony? GB
And the Future of Acid Planet? An "Unlikely Turn of
- Cakewalk Alert: A seminal moment in the
history of computer music is upon us! Project5 is now shipping!
Releases Project5 Soft Synth Workstation - A complete,
open-platform, virtual studio environment; combining a suite of
professional soft synth instruments, samplers, pattern-based
sequencing and editing tools, automatable effects, ACID-format loop
editing, live mixing - Stay Tuned for
more coverage of Project5 (3/28/2003).
- Playing with Music Files
- MiniITX Box
DirctWIRE 2.0 - Digital Sound Processing Magic
- "The DirectWIRE 2.0 is a 100% pure digital wire for audio
professionals and available only from ESI." (2/7/2003)
- Audio File Vulnerability Threatens XP Systems
announces Project5 Soft Synth Workstation @ NAMM Trade Show — The
next generation in virtual studios. Project5 gives electronic
musicians everything they need to experiment, create, and perform
music using integrated sequencers; software synths; samplers; audio
and MIDI effects; audio looping tools; all integrated in one complete,
flexible Production Workstation Environment. Learn
more about Project5 (1/18/2003).
Build It Digital Audio Workstation
Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA):
Open Source software development website.
- MIDI and audio sequencer, notation editor for
- Our favorite application for Audio
Media Archive Recording? Total Recorder v4.1
Released! Total Recorder V4.1, available in Standard, Pro and
Developer Editions. Features in Pro Edition include: Enhanced sound
data editing features; New Recording Scheduler options; Split mode - A
recording can now be split automatically into separate files, based on
a number of different conditions; Advanced options for automatically
stopping a recording + Advanced automatic file name generation
facilities let you specify file names of automatically generated
files. Download the Demo and see for your self, this one's a keeper! www.highcriteria.com
Daniel Bedingfield produced a number 1 hit, 'Gotta Get Thru This',
with Making Waves Audio version 2 in his bedroom and received the
largest sum of cash (400,000) ever paid for a Music Single! Now on
Relentless Records! (1/6/03)
- Hear Daniel Bedingfield's number 1
Get Thru This' on Launch.com (1/6/03).
- Audio Synthesis, Composition &
Processing: AudioMulch News
January 2003, Version 1.0 to be Released in 2003. Now
includes support for: Multichannel sound of up to 24 audio channels in
/ out + VSTi MIDI Instrument Plugins among many other new features
- Philips New Sound
Technology Locates 'Sweet Spot' for PC Audio Enthusiasts
- Sound Agent 2 -
Launches Industry’s First High-Definition 7.1 Surround Sound Card:
PDF File - MSRP $99.00 (12/12/2002).
News M-Audio Launches Industry's First High-Definition 7.1
Surround Sound Card
Music Collector, organize your CD, LP, Minidisc collection
OrangeCD - download CD organizer software for your music library
- Tools for CD Collectors
Corporation - Home Computing What's New in Digital Music
Hyperthreaded P4s hit Audigy snagette
- So this time it's NOT an AMD or Via issue? Hello Creative?
Home Computing Benefits Pentium 4 processor encoding MP3-streams
Record Now Series Begins with Free Guide
on Choosing and Using Microphones.
Details, see: www.mic-guide.com
Are You Ready for 5.1 Audio on Your PC
[www.visiosonic.com] - digital
EQ Magazine's Reviews
EQ Mag removed this article from their Archives.
So we have removed the link! Visiosonic Digital 1200SL MP3 Player
Choose a Sound Scheme
Media 9 Series - Windows Media Technologies
Microsoft's Corona Out of the Bottle:
Windows Media Player 9
Technologies, Inc.: VIA
Envy24HT PCI Multi-Channel Audio
Announces P4PB 400 Mainboard, the World's First Based on the VIA
Apollo P4X400 Chipset... Supports DDR400/333 SDRAM; Onboard
IEEE 1394 and an Onboard VIA VT1616 audio codec
provides six channels of studio quality, crisp, digital surround sound
and supports both optical and SPDIF outputs...more
Cakewalk To Offer Logic Users SONAR 2.0
Via fleshes out audio plans -
Via going after 24-bit / 96-192KHz ProAudio market with new PCI Audio
Controllers & Codecs (7/6/2002).
AOpen AX4B-533 Tube Motherboard Notes
- Audiophile or Eccentric PC Builder? Tube
Audio on a Motherboard with the Intel 845E chipset
featuring 3 DDR SDRAM Memory Slots and ONLY 3 PCI Slots...
to tube lover
manual: PDF File
Tube Audio Output!
Steinberg Announces Cubase SX Crossgrade for Logic PC Users
Emagic Acquired by Apple Computer
Apple Picks Up Audio Company (7/2/2002).
- AOpen's Hybrid
Motherboard for Audiophiles & Extreme Audio Technologists!
AX4B-533: We'll keep you posted!
The Melancholy Vibe Remix:
Hip Hop Has Only Just Begun, tha-real.com change (6/18/2002).
MP3 Catalog Pro - A fast and compact Windows application with
Explorer-like interface. Lets you catalog MP3 files on all local and
network drives, including CD-ROMs, optical disks, and removable media.
Program has a Multilingual user interface, supports report generation,
and exports to HTML, RTF and CSV formats (6/14/2002).
- Digital Audio: Intel
Corporation - Home Computing - Technologies to Enhance Your Life
Sound Sample Libraries - Harmony-Central.com:
Special Offers on Tascam's GigaStudio and X-9 DJ Mixer (6/8/2002).
- Tube Audio on a
AX4B-533Tube Data Sheet Page - TubeSound
motherboard AX4B-533Tube Close View:
motherboard AX4B-533Tube Close View:
Instruments - KONTAKT & ABSYNTH News (6/3/2002).
Newsletter For May 2002 - GigaStudio Mastery
Tutorial; Garritan Orchestral Strings library + Giga Tips &
- Audio: New
Mastering Plug-In! Special for
Sonic Foundry customers: Ozone, from Izotope, is a 64-bit DirectX
mastering plug-in for use in Sound Forge, or any other DirectX host
application. Six powerful mastering tools combined into one
Building Your Dream PC (4/24/2002).
Masterclass - Index (4/24/2002).
Understanding Secure Audio Path
- Microsoft - HDCD
- High Definition Compatible Digital®
(HDCD®) is a patented
encode/decode process for delivering the full richness and detail of
the original microphone feed on Compact Discs and DVD-Audio HDCD
- CD Players (1/22/2002).
Kontakt Software Sampler Now Shipping (5/3/2002).
INSTRUMENTS Kontakt PC out now! Connect
To Sampling! (5/3/2002)
ABSYNTH PC (Soft
Synth) now available! ABSYNTH PC runs stand-alone or as a VST and
DXi plug-in with up to eight instances (4/30/2002).
as SeaSound is out of business,
so too did Gadget Labs go...
Why the reminder of past experiences? Choose your Audio Hardware
- The Gadget Labs web site was setup
April 5th, 1996. They announced Software Product - January 1st, 1997.
Fast forward - Gadget Labs announced worldwide shipments of their then
new Hardware Product - Wave/496 Audio Interface for 24/96 Recording in
June 2000 and announced closure in December of that same year. They
had the specs (24/96) and the drivers (1st Generation Drivers - NT
Drivers, See: Windows
2000 Tips, not PnP Drivers) but... Not enough customers, capital
or both. Success can be tenuous and short term (4/26/2002).
Central Gadget Labs Goes Out of Business (12/01/2000).
High Criteria Releases Total
Recorder v3.4! (4/9/2002).
- On-Line Resource for Cakewalk & Sonar Uses (4/8/2002).
- Sounds, Synthesis and Software; See: Special
- Tuning Windows XP for Audio-Music Applications (4/8/2002).
- Download SampleTank FREE
is a fully working freeware version (4/4/2002).
One Of 58 Classic SM58 Mics From SHURE - the #1 choice of rock
& roll royalty the world over (4/4/2002)!
Labs Americas: Knowledge Base
Document ID: 959 - Occasional system
lock up with squealing noise... Sound
Blaster Audigy; Sounds like fun? (3/15/2002).
from ExtremeTech.com Forums: Creative
Tracks Down Squeal of Death with Audigy
Sound Cards (3/14/2002).
- GenieSys Releases New Sample Editor for Windows
Updated Version of USB ASIO Driver Released (2/26/2002).
News: DV.com Inspiring
and Empowering Creativity -
Code Audio Debuts New Loop Creation Tool, BeatBurner (2/9/2002).
- Song Manager & Set List Creator For
Musicians for Windows now available! Free:
Instruments - Highlights from NAMM Winter Show... KONTAKT,
the Software Sampler; ABSYNTH for
PC; The Sound Line (sounds,
synthesizer presets, and B4 tonewheels) & FM7,
The third FM dimension - Check out the Demo! (1/29/2002)
Understanding Secure Audio Path (1/26/2002).
XF - The Future Of Multimedia Sound.
This guide to the future of interactive music technology will take you
on a magical tour of the capabilities of the current XG
standard, and introduce you to the exciting new technology that is Yamaha
News, From AL Massey: Hot
Off The Presses - Bigger Than Elvis!
Newly Released Hit Single Topping The Charts... By the artist formerly
known as Artist Unknown Enron
Ron Ron [Internet Explorer 5+ & Windows Media Player 6+
required to eXperience] (1/25/2002).
plug-in: BIAS Vbox 1.1 -
Powerful multi-effects control environment for VST Plug-ins now ported
to Windows and is now available! This is their first pro audio
the Windows community; Supports Win98SE, Win 2000 & Windows XP;
SRP: $99 US (1/23/2002).
Hosts Third Annual Windows Professional Audio Roundtable at Winter
NAMM 2002 (1/22/2002).
- HDCD - High
Definition Compatible Digital® (HDCD®)
is a patented encode/decode process for delivering the full richness
and detail of the original microphone feed on Compact Discs and
DVD-Audio HDCD -
CD Players (1/22/2002).
Native Instruments Unveils Kontakt - Native Instruments Debuts Kontakt
at Winter NAMM, a powerful and
flexible software sampler for PC. Kontakt
will be released in March 2002 at a retail price of $399
Quest Music Software -
Updated Site featuring Midi Quest 8.0 - Universal Editor/Librarian,
Infinity 2.0 & Studio Suite (1/8/2002).
Synthesis - Virtual Synthetizers for Infinity
center - A resource for Sound
Blaster Live! Users (1/8/2002)
- Audio: Harmony
Central Sounds Logical Releases ReSample Batch
File Converter (12/14/01).
- New - Sonic
Foundry Loops for ACID Bill Laswell Collection (12/04/01).
Instruments - FM7 now available for PC
- Audio - PassPort
is Back! Encore & Master Tracks Pro now
from GVOX.com, D/L Free Trial ...more
Complete overview of SONAR and SONAR XL - SONAR
New Version of Sample Wrench Audio Editor and Price Cuts
(11/14/01). MIDI/SMDI Sample Transfer -
Additional Info >>>.
Audio Interfaces Coming from EGO SYS
E-WDM (Enhanced Windows Driver Model) driver for Windows
gone from WinXP, and it's not coming back (11/06/01).
Inca88 -- first impressions
Copy Protection: EQMag.com
- Sampler Library and Conversion Tool
Translating Tool for Windows
VST sampler from Steinberg sample Library HALion tutorial
In A Box: Audio
a Prosumer Sound / Audio Card:
Sound Card Selections -
From The Applications' Point Of View!
PC Audio Sound Card
Sound Card Tests:
One of the best ways to really test a PC
- Check out the BuildOrBuy CD Indexes! Try the
Audio & Video Testing applications.
Sound Card Tests