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MOTU, Inc. is now shipping MachFive 2.0, a major upgrade to the award-winning universal sampler instrument. Version 2 is a tour de force of new features, including 32GB (four dual-layer DVDs) of included sounds, unlimited parts per instance, a new graphics engine, full-screen editing and programming, a new modular synthesis architecture, keygroup layering with rule-based switching, a complete built-in mixer, 47 effects including convolution reverb, LoopLab™ groove slice engine, sample time-stretching, unlimited multi-point envelopes, stand-alone operation and many other new features.

MachFive 2 is a universal audio sampler with unprecedented compatibility and interoperability with all major plug-in hosts, sound libraries and sample formats. MachFive 2 supports every major software instrument plug-in format platform (MAS, VST, AU, RTAS and DXi), as well as stand-alone operation on both Mac OS X (with full Universal Binary support for G4/G5 and Intel CPUs) and Windows (XP and Vista, 32 and 64 bit). Users can effortlessly move from one platform to another and collaborate with colleagues who use different audio software or even different computer operating systems. With stand-alone operation, users can build Mac- or PC-based systems designed solely for large-scale sample playback with MachFive as the software front end for the system.

32GB (four 8GB DVDs) of sounds and loops are included. The DVDs include a staggering array of multi-sample instruments, loops and phrases, including premium material recorded at 192kHz. DVD 2 provides a stunning 24-bit 96kHz 8GB sampled grand piano. DVD 3 supplies surround instruments and loops, hi-res (96/192 kHz) electric piano, guitars, basses, drum kits, and percussion. DVD 4 provides the VSL™ Orchestra MachFive Edition: an exclusive collection of expressive orchestra sounds from the most respected name in orchestra sound libraries.

MachFive 2 includes 47 real-time effects, from multi-band graphic EQ to tape delays to amp simulators to exciters to vinyl effects. Hundreds of factory presets are provided and users can save and recall their own presets. Users can place their sounds in real acoustic spaces, from renowned sound stages and classic concert halls to remote canyons and majestic cathedrals, all faithfully reproduced with stunning realism by MachFive's convolution reverb. MachFive 2's powerful and flexible effects routing architecture lets users apply effects throughout the signal chain, from an individual loop slice or sample all the way up to an entire performance. Four effect slots provide quick access to settings with detailed, graphical effects programming for each plug-in just a click away. The new Multi FX feature lets users save up to four effects together as a single preset, allowing quick recall to combinations of effects. Over 100 factory multi FX presets are supplied.

MachFive 2 is now available at authorized MOTU resellers for a retail price of $495. Registered MachFive Version 1 users can upgrade for $195.

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