The latest version of CreamWare's Pulsar DSP system, the Pulsar II SRB, is now shipping. Creamware has also launched Elektra, a modular-synth-on-a-PCI-card.
Pulsar II has a total of SIX SHARC DSPs (there were four on the old one). It's Mac and Windows compatible, and can also be used to expand existing Pulsar systems. Pulsar II users can immediately benefit from the large library of 100 or so optional software modules, developed by CreamWare, by third party developers such as SPL and Sonic Timeworks, and by SCOPE users. The Pulsar 11 software upgrade is free of charge for all Pulsar I users.
Elektra is based on a combination of software and DSP hardware and will be available for both Windows and Mac.
On the software side, Elektra boasts more than 140 modules, with oscillators, envelope generators, FX, sequencers, filters and so on, accessible from 'an ergonomic and intuitive GUI'. The modules enable virtual analogue, FM and sample-based synthesis (loaded in WAV, AIFF and Akai S1000 formats).
Elektra instruments are fully remote controllable via standard MIDI controllers. Furthermore, Elektra is compatible with Pulsar II.
The Elektra PCI card hosts three Analogue Devices SHARC DSPs, so the modular synth can be played like a hardware instrument with minimum load on the host CPU. The hardware features four inputs and outputs offering 24-bit/96kHz quality (stereo analogue plus stereo S/PDIF). Via the CreamWare Z-Link interface, an optional Luna 2496 breakout box with eight additional analogue I/Os (24-bit/96kHz) can be added. An optional 16-channel ADAT interface can also be attached to the Elektra card.
The system comes with drivers for ASIO, ASIO 2.0, EASI, MME, DirectSound, Sound Manager and Gigasampler. The drivers can also be used to directly record the outputs of a modular patch to any HDR system running on the host computer.
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