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Applied Acoustics Systems (AAS) today announced version 2.0 of its award-winning product, the Tassman, a modular software synthesizer, based on physical modeling. The Tassman 2.0 now features support for the DXi and VST plug-in formats, unnoticeable latency for even the most demanding live performances, a tighter integration of the Builder/Player interfaces and brand new sound modules.

"I was personally overwhelmed at the warm reception that we received from the user community worldwide for our first version and I am very confident that Tassman 2.0 will affirm our continuing leadership in the development of some of the most exciting technologies in the digital audio industry" said Marc-Pierre Verge, CFO of Applied Acoustics Systems. "The last 10 months have been very exciting watching Tassman evolve into a mature product, and above all a musical instrument that will meet the needs of even the most demanding musicians".

Developed for amateur and professional musicians, sound designers, and audio post-producers, the Tassman can simulate vintage analog synthesizers and acoustic instruments, create innovative hybrid instruments, and perform real-time processing of audio files. The Tassman offers users "building blocks", based on analog hardware and acoustic objects which can be patched using their inputs and outputs for the creation of an infinite number of instruments. This building block tactic allows users to save each patch in an ever expanding library.

The Tassman is the first modular software synthesizer to incorporate physical models of analog hardware, acoustic objects and musical instruments that are easily controlled by an aesthetic and ergonomic user interface. The physical modeling approach used in the Tassman offers musicians the same expressive possibilities as real instruments.

The Tassman will be available on March 1, 2001 and sell for $399. The software functions on a Windows 95, 98, 2000 or NT operating system.

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