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Creative Technology, Ltd. (Nasdaq: CREAF), an innovator of market-leading multimedia solutions for personal entertainment, today announced the availability of Live!Ware 2.0 - the latest release in its Live!Ware program. Live!Ware 2.0 dramatically enhances the entertainment experience for Sound Blaster Live! and Sound Blaster Live! Value users. Live!Ware 2.0 leverages the programmable design of the EMU10K1 processor - the powerful audio engine at the heart of Sound Blaster Live! solutions - to bring new and existing users a completely new experience through a software upgrade.
With Live!Ware 2.0, Sound Blaster Live! and Live! Value users receive increased capabilities for music creation and improved Environmental Audio and 3D positional audio technologies for gaming. Live!Ware 2.0 also provides other key features: support for MP3 playback, enhancement of MP3 files with Environmental Audio presets, an easier-to-use customer interface and additional options for connectivity to a wide range of consumer electronic devices.
"Never before has a company been able to deliver a completely new, significantly enhanced experience for an audio card with a software upgrade," said Sim Wong Hoo, founder and chief executive officer of Creative Technology, Ltd. "With Live!Ware 2.0 and the EMU10K1 we've completely revamped the end-user experience providing technology that is far more immersive and a user interface that focuses on ease-of-use. Live!Ware 2.0 and the highly flexible, extremely powerful architecture of the EMU10K1 allow us to offer our Sound Blaster Live! customers continuous upgrades, including more and more of the features and technology they've been asking for."
Sound Blaster Live! Solutions
Sound Blaster Live! and Live! Value are designed to bring high-quality, real-time effects and digital audio technologies found in professional studios, plus the interactivity found in PC games to the desktop. Based on the programmable EMU10K1 processor, designed by Creative's subsidiary, E-mu Systems, Inc., and Creative's Environmental Audio technology, the Sound Blaster Live! and Live! Value produce an intense interactive audio experience for gaming, music and entertainment.
Creative's Live!Ware Program
The Live!Ware upgrade program is designed to offer new features, enhancements and software to existing Sound Blaster Live! and Sound Blaster Live! Value owners. This is possible because of the re-programmable nature of the powerful EMU10K1 audio processing chip used in the Sound Blaster Live! family of cards. The Live!Ware program protects the consumer's investment in Sound Blaster Live! cards by offering new features and applications that introduce the latest technology while extending the life of the card.
Features of Live!Ware 2.0
Live!Ware 2.0 is an easy-to-install software upgrade that allows owners of Sound Blaster Live! and Sound Blaster Live! Value products to upgrade to the latest technology and features. Live!Ware 2.0 incorporates all previous releases of Live!Ware. The following are some of the features and enhancements of Live!Ware 2.0:
Immersive Audio for Gaming and Entertainment
More Tools For Music and Digital Audio Creation
Easy-To-Use Interface With Improved Connectivity
MP3 support & Enhanced Digital Entertainment
Live!Ware 2.0 can be ordered immediately on a CD for US$9.95 (excluding shipping and handling) from Creative's customer service at 1(800) 998-1000. A limited version (that doesn't include all the software, SoundFonts, and instruments) can be downloaded free of charge.