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Tuesday, January 2, 2001
SoundBlaster Live! Mac Edition Specs
6:00 AM | Lucian Fong | Comment on this story

Brian Souder of Creative Labs made another post in the IMG Hardware Forums, this time surprising us with what should be the final specifications of the SoundBlaster Live!: Mac Edition. Here is the information straight from the horse's mouth (so to speak):

Wave-Table Synthesis

E-mu Systems, Inc. EMU10K1™ music synthesis engine 64-voice hardware polyphony with E-mu's patented 8-point interpolation technology

Uses SoundFont technology for user-definable wave-table sample sets which includes 2MB, 4MB and 8MB sets. Load up to 32MB of samples into host memory for professional music reproduction. Scalable PCI wave-table synthesis architecture Up to 1024-voice polyphony with multi-timbre capability. 48 MIDI channels with 128 GM & GS compatible instruments and 10 drum kits

Effects Engine

E-mu Systems, Inc. EMU10K1 patented effects processor. Support for real-time digital effects like reverb, chorus, flanger, pitch shifter, or distortion across any audio source. Capable of processing, mixing and positioning audio streams using up to 131 available hardware channels. Full digital mixer maintains all sound mixing in the digital domain, eliminating noise from the signal. Full bass, treble and effects controls available for all audio sources

EAX™ and OpenAL 3D Audio Technology

User-selectable settings are optimized for headphones, two, four or six speakers and external A/V amplifiers

Upgradable 3D audio architecture allows for improvements over time

Hardware acceleration of EAX & OpenAL in games

Creative Multi Speaker Surround™ technology places any mono or stereo source in a 360° audio space

EAX effects - user-selectable DSP modes that simulate acoustic environments Hollywood-Quality, 32-Bit Digital Audio Engine Processes bit resolutions from 4-bit to 16-bit. Processes sample rates from 5kHz to 48kHz. All sound sources are bundled with 32-bit precision for highest quality output

Analog I/O modes supported (Digital will be an update)

MIDI Interface

On-Board Connectors

Line in, Microphone in, Line level out (front)/Headphone out, Line level out (rear), MIDI port I/O, MPC-3 Analog CD Audio in, Expansion header for Live!Drive™ series or Optical Digital I/O card

These features are on par with the features found on the PC version of SoundBlaster Live!. Brian has also hinted at a software bundle that will be included with the Mac version. Stay tuned to IMG for more information; we expect to see these cards in person, and perhaps even walk away with a review/evaluation model, at Macworld Expo San Francisco next week!

Creative Labs Macintosh Webpage
Brian Souder Talks SoundBlaster Specs

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