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Cycling '74 today announced that it is porting Pluggo™, its popular native audio processing Plug-in software, to the MOTU Audio System™ (MAS), Mark of the Unicorn's (MOTU) native digital audio recording and Plug-in processing environment for Mac OS. As a result, users of Digital Performer, MOTU's flagship audio sequencer software, and users of AudioDesk™, the Macintosh audio workstation software bundled with MOTU's popular 2408 and 1224 hard disk recording systems, will be able to run Pluggo's 74 different audio effects directly within their MOTU software's virtual mixing environment in real time. In addition, MOTU users will be able to create their own custom MAS plug-ins using Cycling '74's MSP™ (MAX Signal Processing) DSP extensions to Opcode's Max software.

"Porting Pluggo to MAS not only lowers the price of plug-ins for MOTU users - it also raises their expectations," said Cycling '74 President David Zicarelli. "In addition to features like audio routing, synchronized effects changes and modulators that automate parameter changes while you work, Pluggo is a run-time extension of Cycling '74's MSP program. MSP owners no longer have to wait for someone else to come up with that perfect MAS plug-in - they can create their own."

"Since the moment it shipped, everyone's been absolutely raving about Pluggo," said Jim Cooper, MOTU's Director of Marketing. "With its affordable price, 74 effects, and even more free plug-ins through their Pluggo-the-Month Club, Pluggo is destined to wind up on every Mark of the Unicorn user's hard drive."

Pluggo offers 74 separate audio processing effects for only $74 - effects that include filtering, delay effects, distortion, granular synthesis and spectral modification, audio routing, sampling and synthesis, reverb, and sound localization. In addition, Pluggo offers modulation, synchronization, and audio and control routing capabilities between plug-ins. MOTU users who want to build their own plug-ins entirely from scratch can create them using Cycling '74's MSP™ (MAX Signal Processing) MAX extensions and then run them inside Digital Performer or AudioDesk. No additional hardware is required to run Pluggo or MSP. A Power PC MacOS computer with Apple's Sound Manager provides 16-bit stereo audio input and output at 44.1kHz. MSP directly supports MOTU's 2408 PCI-based audio hardware. MAX 3.5 is required to create and edit MSP applications and is available from Opcode Systems (www.opcode.com).

Pluggo for MAS will ship Q4 1999. List price is $74.

Pluggo and MSP can be downloaded at the Cycling '74 web site at www.cycling74.com. Cycling '74 products are also distributed by Digital Edge. Users of the downloaded trial version may purchase an authorization code online (US$74 for Pluggo and US$295 for MSP) to transform the trial version into a fully-functional copy.

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