MESSE: Creamware's New Entry-level DSP Card.

DSP crammed PCI card      13/03/01

Creamware were pushing their new DSP card Luna II - positioned as an entry point to the Creamware Plug-in based architecture though considerably cheaper - around $398 - something that we can only approve. The card boasts three on-board SHARC DSPs, with unique latency-free routing capabilities and the DSP-based "live" digital mixer (with advanced surround capabilities and effects) The Luna II PCI card is equipped with stereo analog and stereo S/PDIF inputs and outputs, all are 24-bit and 96 kHz sound capable. The Luna 2496 converter box (MSRP 598.- US$) can be added for eight additional 24/96 analog ins and outs. There's a 16-channel ADAT interface available (MSRP 198.- US$). Effectively, a one card Luna II system can manage 36 inputs and outputs simultaneously. The unit comes with a mixer suite with DSP functions, with further plug-ins available via the online shop. Blurb follows :
Luna II is equipped with CreamWare's Ultra Low Latency Interface (ULLI). Thanks to this technology, audio driver latencies can be adjusted down to as low as 1 ms. This permits the configuration to be fully optimized for any host computer - including the more-powerful computers which the future will surely bring. In addition to hardware-based ASIO/EASI support, ULLI features drivers for ASIO 2.0, DirectSound, MME, tripleDAT, GigaSampler, OMS and Sound Manager. Thanks to the on-board DSP power, Luna II can also serve as a mixer - one which lets you integrate external equipment into the mix with zero latency, since Luna II can process audio in true realtime. A dedicated 16-channel mixer for the creation of 5.1 surround mixes also makes Luna II a highly interesting option for multimedia and film composers. Luna’s DSP mixers feature their own EQ and compression units which, as with all DSP-based modules, drain no power from the CPU. In addition to the included effects, Luna II is open to the huge plug-in library available for CreamWare's Pulsar/SCOPE platform. There are well over 100 of them available today - effects, synthesizers, samplers and more. All of them are processed in realtime without any latencies, making it possible to use Luna II e.g. just like a hardware guitar effects processor. Dozens of those plug-ins can even be downloaded for free from the Internet. Luna II now provides the most affordable entry to this exciting and useful audio software. Luna II is now available at a suggested retail price of 398.- US$. More info on available plug-ins and the like:

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