Creative: Sound Blaster Live! for Mac now shipping

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Audio card maker Creative today announced the release of the Sound Blaster Live! for Macintosh. The PCI card enables Mac users to attach four-channel speaker systems, plug in MIDI devices, and more.

First announced for the Macintosh at Macworld Expo in San Francisco more than a year ago, the Sound Blaster Live! for Macintosh is the first PCI-based consumer-oriented audio card to be released for the platform. Built around the EMU10K1 digital signal processor (DSP), the card incorporates outputs for four-point surround speaker systems, as well as interfaces for MIDI and S/PDIF. Mic and line inputs are also available.

Sound Blaster Live! for Mac comes with a variety of applications, including:

  • Mixman Studio Mac -- which enables Mac users to record and remix audio tracks, match beats and combine sound elements. You can also export music to CD or upload them to the Web.
  • Cubasis AV Mac -- an application for recording and editing MIDI and digital audio.
  • SoundJam MP -- the popular MP3 playback and recording software from Casady & Greene.
  • Deus Ex -- the full version of the 3D cyberpunk action/role-playing game published by Aspyr Media, optimized to provide 3D positional audio effects using the Sound Blaster Live! for Mac card.
  • Creative Mixer -- a utility which integrates audio inputs and enables users to adjust their audio, add environment presets and position audio sources with a Surround Mixer.
  • SoundFont Bank Manager -- a professional digital sampler that employs SoundFont technology for MIDI sequencing. Users can load and audition SoundFont banks and can configure various MIDI-related aspects of the audio card.
  • The Sound Blaster Live! for Mac is now available through Creative's distributors and resellers; the card carries a suggested retail price of US$149.99.

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