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Mediatrix announced today that the Audiotrix 3D-XG has passed the Fat Man's rigorous compatibility tests and has been awarded The Fat Seal from Fat Labs, Inc., the leading Sound Card Testing and Certification Facility for hardware manufactures.

The seal signifies that the Audiotrix 3D-XG is recommended by The Fat Man for use with software containing General MIDI music. This certification process is necessary because not all General MIDI music played back on General MIDI hardware sounds the way the composer intended the music to sound. Mediatrix has supported the initiative of The Fat Man and his efforts to strengthen the General MIDI standard to ensure end users hear the music exactly as it was intended to be heard by the composer.

"The Fat Man has been a pioneer and visionary for the PC music industry in attempting to bring order to PC audio," stated John Moran, President of Mediatrix. "With this endorsement, Mediatrix can now guarantee consumers that GM music played back through the Audiotrix 3D-XG sounds exactly as the composer intended."

As the first sound card to feature Yamaha's newest XG MIDI technology, the Audiotrix 3D-XG features professional quality MIDI rendering, full-duplex digital audio, cross platform support and compatibility with all major PC sound standards. The card also offers expanded sound effects processing with high quality digital effects on MIDI data as well as on all other inputs (Mic, Wave, Line-In, CD Audio). Further sound processing includes Yamaha's proprietary 3D YMersion sound.

The XG synthesizer of the Audiotrix 3D-XG provides an incredible 676 voices, and 21 drum kits while supplying 32-note polyphony and 16-part multi-timbrality. On-board effects include reverb (11 types), chorus (11 types) and other variations (42 types).

Mediatrix Peripherals, Inc. is a leading developer of PC multimedia sound products. Both headquarters and manufacturing facilities are located in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada. Manufacturing facilities maintain ISO 9002 standards. The company markets its products to business, industry, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and to end-users.

The Fat Man, George Alistair Sanger, together with Team Fat, his team of cowboy composers, has produced some of the most memorable music in the PC gaming industry. His credits includes music scores for such classics as: Loom, The 7th Guest, The 11th Hour, Wing Commander, Master of Magic, US Navy Fighters and more than 80 others. Don Menn of Multimedia World has called him "...one of the first true stars of multimedia and interactivity".

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