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Cycling '74 today announced its first major upgrade of MSP for MacOS - a collection of signal processing objects for use with Cycling '74's Max* object-oriented programming environment. Initially released in 1997, MSP extends Max's ability to create custom MIDI and media applications by adding over 100 objects that synthesize, process, analyze and delay audio signals in realtime.

The release of MSP 2.0 includes support for sample-accurate scheduling, improved MIDI timing, and over 40 new signal processing and user interface objects. The new release also extends MSP's capabilities in the areas of polyphony management, spectral processing, interactive waveform display, and audio-rate sequencing. MSP 2.0 also optimizes its signal processing objects for use with the G4 Velocity Engine.

"With MSP 2.0, we've moved far beyond comparable modular synthesis and DSP software, making it far simpler to create complex and powerful custom audio applications," said Cycling '74 President David Zicarelli. "Our first major upgrade of MSP represents an explosion of creative innovation inspired by the intense use of our software in many different contexts over the past three years. Based on preliminary reactions, MSP 2 promises to be a huge hit with our existing users."

MSP 2.0 features numerous enhancements in the area of audio I/O, including support for numerous 8- to 32-bit audio file formats, 512 I/O channels, and inter-application audio connections using Propellerheads' ReWire and Digidesign's DirectConnect. MSP 2.0 also includes new and updated interactive tutorials and online help to get users up to speed.

MSP 2.0 will ship Q4 1999. MSRP is $295. MSP 2.0 will be available to current owners for an upgrade price of $100.

MSP 2.0 will be available for download from the Cycling '74 web site. Cycling '74 products are also distributed in the United States by Digital Edge Distribution. Users of the downloaded trial version may purchase an authorization code online to transform the trial version into a fully-functional copy.

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