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    Be, Inc. today announced that 26 music and audio developers, including market leaders Steinberg, emagic, Arboretum Systems and Emu Systems, have announced plans to bring to market audio applications for the Be Operating System (BeOS). The applications will begin shipping within the next three months and range from programs that will offer basic sequencing and playback functions to high-end post production capabilities. The BeOS is designed to meet the unique needs of digital content creators using professional multimedia tools where speed, performance and stability are critical..

    "We're pleased that many of the premier audio software vendors are creating applications for the BeOS," said Tim Self, Vice President of Developer Relations at Be, Inc. "The level of support from these development partners points to a growing market of high-end consumers with performance needs that aren't being met with existing operating systems. The BeOS allows users of sophisticated audio technology tools to manipulate high-bandwidth data in real time on a standard off-the-shelf PC in a home studio environment."

    Some of the audio developers include:

    • Aardvark--makers of professional PC audio workstations. Aardvark is bringing its line of audio cards to the BeOS, including Aark 20/20 and Aark TDIF audio cards.
    • Adamation--an Oakland, CA based company specializing in media tools for the BeOS. Audio Elements is a graphic tool for creating custom effects and audio processors by connecting "elements" together into networks.
    • Arboretum Systems-creators of Hyperprism, Ray-Gun and Ionizer. Arboretum's unique inter-face design controls applications and plug-ins that allow real-time processing of audio for effects, sound shaping, clean-up and filtering.
    • Blachford Technologies--a U.K. based audio software developer. Aural Illusion provides over 200 effects and ways to design sounds by manipulating audio.
    • CreamWare--Makers of the SCOPE and Pulsar audio boards that include a modular environment for creating real-time synthesis and audio processing systems.
    • Cycling 74--developer of the award-winning MAX and MSP software, published by Opcode Systems. Users can graphically create their own media and audio manipulation programs using MAX and its signal processing add-ons, MSP.
    • Echo Audio (Event Electronics)--Creators of the Gine, Darla, and Layla multi-channel audio interfaces.
    • Emagic--a premier provider of music software located in Hamburg, Germany is developing four versions of its Logic Audio professional production application for various end-user skill levels, along with its Audiowerk audio card. The applications will allow users to integrate the recording, playback, and real-time manipulation of digital audio, scoring, DSP and MIDI sequencing.
    • EMU Systems--a leading audio hardware developer that markets Audio Production Studio (APS). The APS suite is designed for users who need a high-quality system for creating digital audio and MIDI-based music.
    • 4Front Technologies--the largest supplier of Linux audio card drivers. 4Front is working with Be to create a support layer for their Open sound System (OSS) audio driver layer.
    • Harrison--a Nashville-based manufacturer of professional mixing consoles for television and theater uses. The LPC (Live Performance Console) is a groundbreaking new mixing console specifically designed to provide a comprehensive solution for theater and fixed-venue sound reinforcement applications
    • IK Multimedia--developer of T-RackS and Groovemaker software. This Italian company is quickly growing a range of applications for remixing, effects and in sound content.
    • Level Control Systems (LCS)--developers of SuperNova software and hardware for live multiple matrix live sound mixing. LCS installations are in use in such venue's at the Bellagio's Cirque du Soleil's "O," Niketown, and the Hollywood Bowl amongst others.
    • Lucid Technology--a Lynnwood, WA digital audio hardware manufacturer. Lucid has created the PCI 24 for direct digital connection to DATs and other digital audio devices in addition to a line of ultra clean analog audio converter boxes.
    • Mytek Digital--High end recording studio equipment manufacturer founded in 1992 in New York City. Mytek specializes in 24bit/96kHz analog converters for professional audio applications.
    • N2IT--a developer of a tool called FinalScratch designed to allow disc jockeys to map digital media to spinning vinyl. Using FinalScratch, DJs can use turntables to synchronize various media types.
    • Objekt--a Detroit, MI software synthesis company. ObjektSynth is a modular software synthesizer that can produce everything from cold, clean digital samples to warm, fat analog sounds that can be controlled internally or by MIDI.
    • Opcode Systems--a major supplier of MIDI interfaces and synchronizers. Opcode is readying driver for the "X series" of interface to provide multiport MIDI capabilities with rock solid timing reference for synchronizing all elements in the music studio.
    • RBF--an innovative audio software startup. RBF develops and publishes Octamed, an acclaimed multitrack audio recorder and editor.
    • RME--the German makers of the DIGI series of audio cards. The DIGI series offer unsurpassed reliability along with absolute data integrity, minimal system load and tremendous performance.
    • Sonorus--The company behind the STUDI/O PCI 16-channel ADAT interface card.
    • Steinberg--a Hamburg, Germany-based market leader developing NUENDO, a real-time audio processing application. The program will take full advantage of host-based processing for real-time effects using its VST plug-in architecture.
    • Studio Capitale--an innovative French audio software company. Studio Capitale are developers of Studio Son and V-tracks software for multitrack audio recording, editing, and mixing.
    • Terratec--a German manufacture of high quality, low cost audio cards for computers. The EWS64 series of cards offer high quality audio input and output as well as superior General MIDI playback.
    • Voyetra Turtle Beach--Makers of the Pinnacle, Fiji, Montego, and other audio hardware and software.
    • Yamaha--a leading supplier of musical instruments and audio equipment. Yamaha manufactures the DS1 and DS1L audio chips that are used on many PC motherboards and audio cards.

    The BeOS Release 4 BeOS Release 4 runs on PCs (Intel Architecture or PowerPC) with a minimum of 16 MB of RAM; 150 MB hard disk or hard disk partition; CD-ROM drive; keyboard and mouse; built-in or bundled compatible video adapter; multisync monitor strongly recommended; and network connection via Ethernet or PPP.

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