EMU-ENSONIQ has announced a new computer MP3 Authoring bundle that allows musicians to create music with a PC and then encode the finished tune for publishing on the Internet in the MP3 audio format. The E-Card / Nomad MP3 Production Studio bundle comes complete with everything a musician needs to record, sequence, edit, process, master, encode and download music from the web. The bundle consists of the E-Card, a PCI card for the PC that has 64 voices of MIDI sampling, hardware based FX, and ASIO compliant hard disk recording; a full suite of software that allows musicians to create, edit, and encode their music; and the Creative Labs NOMAD MP3 player with 64MB of Flash memory. The NOMAD player allows you to download over an hour of near CD-quality music into the player and take it with you, listen to FM broadcasts, and even use the built in microphone to capture that riff before its forgotten. Tying the package all together is the MP3 authoring guide that includes complete instructions on how to turn your songs into MP3 files and a comprehensive guide to music on the web. The package is expected to be available early August in North America only and carries a list price of $750.
Completing the package is the NOMAD MP3 player which allows you to download the music you have posted on the web and listen to the music on the go. This player features 64MB of Flash memory for over 60 minutes of near-CD quality playback, as well as an FM tuner and built in microphone with memo function (record song ideas, interviews, or voice memos, and transfer them to the computer for later use or refinement). The player comes with 64MB of Flash memory that retains its information even without batteries, and the convenient card format allows you to swap out other memory cards on an as needed.