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images/bd10265.gif If I were Building a System Today... Rev 6 (1/14/03)

Patriotism - Home Of The Free, Land Of The Brave! Compassion For All!
BuildOrBuy News -
  1. images/bullet2.gif1394 Protocol
  2. images/bullet2.gifProsumer Sound / Audio Card
  3. images/bullet2.gifSMDI (SCSI Musical Data Interchange Sample Management Protocol)
  4. images/bullet2.gifWindows Audio: WDM Driver Model
  5. images/bullet2.gifYamaha - Audio, Yamaha's MLAN (1394 FireWire a.k.a. Sony iLink)
images/ - The Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI); MIDI Manufacturers Association
ProAudio Interfaces:
Define ProAudio on a PC - Our interpretation: Anyone can do it!

Just because we have the Tools does not a Recording Artist make! Talent required. What makes Audio differ from ProAudio is Content Creation to the spec in the digital domain. 2496 is the norm today, tomorrow DVD-Audio, SACD and more. Drivers, etc. Who is with us today and can we expect them to be with us for driver support tomorrow? As always, a PC is a Tool to perform a task. The Digital Domain is the place and the PC Rules affordably! No longer do we require a Studio full of gear costing in the tens of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Today anyone can record, produce and publish! DTP (Desktop Publishing) was the initial flight in Windows 3.0 now we're DTM (Desktop Musicians) in Windows 2000!

We'll take a look @ what's going on with Audio Gear and our opinion on what to expect or better still, what to buy and when. After all, "It's all about the music!" GB


Pro Audio News Updates:

images/bullet2.gifHave You Heard the Latest...

  1.  Record Now Series Begins with Free Guide on Choosing and Using Microphones. Details, see: (11/14/2002).
  2. Appears Korean Audio Interface, EgoSys may now FINALLY be shipping their NEW WaMi Rack 192L according to  their On-Line Sales web site. Can we actually get delivery? Anyone willing to risk it? EgoSys does a poor job of handling sales, I'd hate to think what would happen to an actual customer AFTER the sale! WaMi Rack 192L Online Shopping (7/3/2002).
  3. Seen this yet? images/bullet2.gifAudio: 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 (7/3/2002).
  4. images/lime_bullet.gifWin One Of 58 Classic SM58 Mics From SHURE - the #1 choice of rock & roll royalty the world over (4/4/2002)!
  5. images/  Carillon USA Launches 'Audio' PC (2/27/2002).
  6. images/bullet2.gifMars Songplayer Has Arrived! Learn your favorite songs note for note while you listen to the CD. Choose from over 2,000 of the world’s hottest hits, plus get your first song absolutely FREE! (2/27/2002)
  7. images/bullet2.gifSweetwater Sound @ NAMM 2002 viewed the new, as yet to be released, Presonus FireStation Firewire Audio Workstation, with mic, line and instrument inputs, S/PDIF inputs and outputs, and line outputs, plus three mLAN ports - Slick! (2/2/2002).
  8. images/bullet2.gifWaves NEW Restoration bundle... The Restoration Native bundle includes four new Plug-Ins; X-Noise, X-Click, X-Crackle, and X-Hum. Supports RTAS, AudioSuite, VST, MAS and DirectX plug-in formats on Windows PC platform; MSRP: $1,200 - Press Release (2/2/2002). 
  9. images/bullet2.gifSynchro Arts, new VocALign Project® Automatic Audio Alignment for Windows; adjust the timing of one audio signal to match the timing of another; Works with 16- and 24-bit audio / Wave and Broadcast wave files at 44.1 KHz and 48 KHz; Windows 95/98/NT/2000/ME/XP; Windows Clipboard: Syntrillium Cool Edit Pro & Sonic Foundry Sound Forge (2/2/2002).
  10. images/bullet2.gifSweetwater Setmaker  - Song Manager & Set List Creator For Musicians for Windows now available! Free: Download SetMaker (1/31/2002).
  11. AlterMedia - Studio Suite: The world's leading Studio Management Software (1/31/2002).
  12. images/bullet2.gifESI (formerly EGO SYS) Debuts New 96kHz Audio Interfaces (1/30/2002).
  13. images/bullet2.gifMicrosoft - 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).
  14. images/bullet2.gifProAudio: 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 (1/21/2002).

images/bullet2.gifSeaSound Update:


New Synth Keyboards

images/bullet2.gifKorg - KARMA - Causing a storm.

images/ - Get Some Holiday Cheer! With a $100 Gift from Korg.

images/bullet2.gifRoland - Fantom

ToneBank 1.1 - The Bank manager/editor for Roland JV/XP synthesizers, workstations and sound modules.


New Synth / Sampler Keyboard

images/ products MOTIF



Harmony Central Sweetwater Releases Freeware for Creating Set Lists (12/27/01).

Native Instruments - Generate the Future of Sound!

images/bullet2.gifNATIVE INSTRUMENTS FM7 (12/21/01).


Audio Conversion Update: Translator Version 2.5 Released ...more (12/06/01).

New - Sonic Foundry Loops for ACID Bill Laswell Collection (12/04/01).

Audio Updates: Native Instruments - FM7 now available for PC (11/24/01).

images/new1a.gifGigaStudio Beta Available (11/21/01).

Cakewalk® Announces Pyro 1.5 (11/14/01).

Harmony Central® New Version of Sample Wrench Audio Editor and Price Cuts (11/14/01).  MIDI/SMDI Sample Transfer - Additional Info >>>.

Kyma Developers Go On a 10-City Demo Tour (11/13/01).

images/pointared.gif Vintaudio Debuts with Giga Clean Electric Guitars (11/12/01).

images/pointared.gif 192kHz Audio Interfaces Coming from EGO SYS (11/07/01).

images/pointared.gif World-first E-WDM (Enhanced Windows Driver Model) driver for Windows 2000/ME/98. Now they also use:

ProAudio, Translator Update - Professional audio sampler format conversions ...more (1-/26/01).

CDxtract - Sampler Library and Conversion Tool

Audio-EDL Translating Tool for Windows


TASCAM.COM - The World of PC Recording: A Tutorial Guide on Creating, Optimizing and Maintaining Computers for Audio Recording ...more.

Harmony Central® Free Access to The DAW Buyer's Guide Available On-Line

Sound Card Selections: - Open Audio Hardware Guide -

images/pointared.gif The HALion Review Streaming 101

images/pointared.gif Copy Protection - (June, 2001)


Looking for a Prosumer Sound / Audio Card?

Having trouble locating just what you want? Instead, try looking for what your application requires, then choose!

Sound Card Selections - From The Applications' Point Of View! 
  1. Sound Cards
  2. - SONAR WDM for Optimal Performance - Sound Cards

  3. NEMESYS - Recommended Hardware - Sound Cards: GSIF drivers & Multi-Client capable.

  4. Steinberg Knowledgebase Audio cards with ASIO drivers

    Audio cards with ASIO - Steinberg's Audio Stream Input Output Technology (Cubase (VST), Cubasis VST / AV, Nuendo) - No Longer Available! Instead, See >>> Steinberg Testbase - List of tested PC Audio Cards (1/22/2002). Link Gone!

  5. images/   Steinberg ASIO 2.0: The Next Level of Steinberg's Audio Stream Input Output Technology (January 28, 1999).

images/bullet2.gifSeaSound ProAudio Interface - As of 6/29/01 is Out Of Business!

...SeaSound was launched on December 7, 1998 by Tom Oberheim, legendary inventor of electronic musical instruments and audio products, and a core team of seasoned professionals...

None of the info below is functional! The Support FAQ, updated 6/12/01, does function!

SeaSound, LLC 
2955 Kerner Blvd. 
San Rafael, CA 94901, USA 

Ryan Kallus - | / 415.485.5124 
Phone:  (415) 485 - 5119 & Fax:  (415) 485 - 39001 

Excerpt from Support FAQ: 

1.) When will Windows ME, 2000 WDM, XP, NT or GigaSampler drivers be released?

The Solo/Soloist /Expander are currently supporting Win 95, 98 and 98SE. Windows ME, 2000, XP, XP, NT and GigaSampler driver development has been suspended, so no firm date of completion can be given yet. Some users report success with using current driver with ME, but it is not officially supported.

2.) Why can't I get a response to my email or tech support call? 

As SeaSound is now out of business, callback support is now discontinued.  Firmware upgrades are available however by emailing

Our Comments: Drivers ARE available for D/L.

Theirs: Since SeaSound is no longer in business these will be the final versions of the driver releases.

images/bullet2.gifNew SeaSound WDM Drivers in the works! (1/22/2002)


Yamaha's MLAN (1394 FireWire): 

Yamaha's MLAN


Other Audio Related Links Of Interest: 
Copy Controls
DAW Tools
Ensoniq EPS16
Media Players
Networked Audio
USB Audio
Gear Links:
360 Systems - Ethernet Audio
BPM Music Express
DAW Connection
Digital Media Shopper
Digital Pro Sound
Guitar Center
Harmony Central
ProSound News Online Daily
Sony Pro Audio
Yamaha Pro Audio
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