Creamware Announce 2 DSP Stacked Cards

Pulsar II and Elektra Modular      25/05/00

May 16, 2000 CreamWare ships Pulsar II & Pulsar II SRB DSP System for Windows & Mac At Musikmesse 2000 in Frankfurt, CreamWare presented the newest incarnation of the successful Pulsar DSP system. And now waiting comes to an end. On Friday last week we've started the shipment of Pulsar II and the new DSP boaster Pulsar II SRB. As announced the completely revised software version 2.0 is at hand for Windows and Macintosh PCs right at the start. Pulsar II is fully compatible to its predecessor. Thus, a Pulsar II can also be used for expansion of existing Pulsar systems. Furthermore the Pulsar II user can immediately benefit from the large library of around one hundred optional software modules, which were developed by CreamWare, by third party developers such as SPL and Sonic Timeworks, and by SCOPE users. The new software version 2.0 is available for download on and The update is free of charge for all Pulsar I users. Retail price for Pulsar II is US$ 1398,-. ___________________ CreamWare presents Elektra Modular Synthesis DSP System for PC & Mac With Elektra, CreamWare presents a professional modular synthesizer system on a PCI card. The system is based on a combination of software and DSP hardware and will be available for both Windows and Macintosh computers. On the software side, Elektra boasts more than 140 modules, which can be freely interconnected via virtual patch cords. The module library contains oscillators, envelope generators, various effects, pattern sequencers, filters etc. Constructing new synthesizers, drum machines, effect processors and more is made easy thanks to an ergonomic and intuitive graphical user interface. The modules allow virtual analog, FM and also sample based synthesis. Samples can be loaded in WAV, AIFF and Akai S1000 format. They can be used as the basis of a synthesizer, instead of or in addition to traditional analog waveforms. A set of step and pattern sequencer modules can be used for the creation of virtual drum computers or to compose complete tracks inside a synthesizer patch. Elektra instruments are fully remote controllable via standard MIDI controllers. Patches and presets can easily be saved and exchanged with other users. Furthermore, Elektra is compatible to the Pulsar Modular Synthesizer V2. And since all modules are purely software, Elektra can easily be expanded. New modules and patches as well as system updates will be available for download from the CreamWare homepage. Up to six patches can be used simultaneously. For maximum flexibility, a special system patch allows audio signals to be freely routed between patches, hardware I/Os and drivers. The Elektra PCI card hosts three Analog Devices SHARC DSPs. Thus, the modular synth can be played just like a hardware instrument - while imposing virtually no load on the host CPU. The hardware features four inputs and outputs offering 24 bit/96 kHz quality (stereo analog plus stereo S/PDIF). Via the CreamWare Z-Link interface, an optional Luna 2496 breakout box with eight additional analog I/Os (24 bit/96 kHz) can be added. An optional 16-channel ADAT interface can also be attached to the Elektra card. The I/Os of the Elektra board can be used by other software applications as well. The system comes with ultra-fast drivers for ASIO, ASIO 2.0, EASI, MME, DirectSound, Sound Manager and Gigasampler. The drivers can also be used to directly record the outputs of a modular patch to any HDR system running on the same computer. Elektra is scheduled to be available in early Q3 2000. The recommended sales price will be US$ 649.


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