CreamWare announces PowerSampler for PC & Mac
At Winter NAMM 2000, CreamWare unveiled PowerSampler - a professional DSP-based
sampling system for Windows and MacOS. PowerSampler integrates a complete
studio-grade sampler into a Windows PC or MacIntosh computer. The system
combines highly sophisticated software and the latest DSP hardware. This
guarantees professional performance and perfect timing. PowerSampler can
be played like a ''real'' hardware instrument. With a latency of only 1-2
ms, it outperforms conventional software solutions and has better timing
than many hardware samplers.
On the software side, PowerSampler boasts phase-locked stereo sampling
including resampling capability, extensive editing and modulation features
and a comprehensive, fully integrated graphical sample editor. PowerSampler
is compatible with many common sample libraries: AKAI S1000 & S3000,
Soundfont 2, WAV and AIFF files are fully supported.
Samples and complete programs can be loaded directly from the computer's
internal CD-ROM drive or hard disk into the RAM of the PC or Mac. There
is no limit upon the amount of RAM which can be addressed. PowerSampler
features a multi mode with 16 simultaneously active programs, each of which
can be sent to the main stereo outputs or any of six individual outs. These
outputs are routed to the integrated 24-channel mixer, where two aux-effects
(chorus and delay) can be applied in realtime.
PowerSampler features 32 dynamically allocated stereo voices - no matter
which computer hosts the system. To handle the task of computing sampler,
mixer and effect signals, the PowerSampler PCI board boasts three Analog
Devices SHARC DSPs. Therefore, PowerSampler imposes virtually no load upon
the host CPU. The power of the host computer remains available for HDR
software, MIDI sequencers and software synths. Via the S/TDM Bus Connector,
a second PowerSampler card can be added to the system to double the number
of voices and I/Os. The hardware features four inputs and outputs offering
24 bit/96 kHz quality (stereo analog plus stereo S/PDIF).
A new S-Link Interface allows the connection of an optional breakout
box with eight additional analog I/Os (24 bit/96 kHz). An optional 16-channel
ADAT interface can also be attached to the PowerSampler card.
The PowerSampler inputs and outputs can be used for other software
applications as well. The system comes with ultra-fast drivers for ASIO,
EASI, MME, DirectSound and OMS. Furthermore, the NemeSys Gigasampler interface
is supported. The drivers can also be used to directly record the sampler
outputs to any HDR system running on the same computer. PowerSampler can
be used alone or as an expander for the Pulsar DSP system.
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