Bitheadz announces Tubes, Tines & Transistors DS-1 engine

In Europe, that's Valves, Plucks and, er, Transistors      20/07/00

In cooperation with keyboard player and sound designer David Kerzner, BitHeadz has brought together a wide variety of keyboard and synthesizer samples to load into your BitHeadz Unity DS-1 sample engine for 'realistic organ, electric piano, and classic analogue synth sounds' on your computer. The Tubes, Tines & Transistors sample library includes over 300Mb of content ranging from Hammond B3s to samples of vintage Oberheim, Moog, Sequential, and ARP synths. The programs contain a wide range of different filter settings, modulation routings, and effects, offering many variations for each sampled instrument. Similar to the Black & Whites, and Steve Reid's Global Percussion content titles from BitHeadz, Tubes, Tines, & Transistors comes complete with the Unity sample playback engine, allowing instant access to banks and programs. The engine allows you to a preview and play samples with no additional hardware or software. If you've broken out of your desktop chains and own (gasp) MIDI gear, all the necessary drivers are included for seamless integration with 3rd party sequencing software and soundcards. Tubes, Tines & Transistors ($199) supports ASIO, Direct I/O, DirectConnect, MAS 2.0, ReWire, Sound Manager, and DirectSound and is optimized for Apple's G4 and Intel's Pentium III processors. The bad news? It doesn't ship until at least October. Says David Kerzner, founder of Sonic Reality, "The day has finally arrived where anyone with a computer can experience the inspiration of having a world class collection of keyboard instruments right there on their desktop." Yes, but Dave, have you heard me play? www.bitheadz.com

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