Version 3.0 of CreamWare's Pulsar DSP Music Production System is scheduled for release in mid-September, 2001. The new software boasts over one hundred improvements, from slight enhancements to completely new integral parts of the system.
Highlights of the new Pulsar II v3 include: New DSP effects, including the sophisticated MasterVerb reverb. Additional synthesizers based on Virtual Analog and Vector synthesis. The STS-2000P Sample Player (64 stereo voices, compatible with all major libraries). Hundreds of new instrument and effects presets. Numerous user interface enhancements to make Pulsar even more intuitive and easy to work with. Switchable screen sets, keyboard shortcuts. 64-channel ASIO driver, AC3 digital output via S/PDIF. Optional XTC mode, allowing the user to use the Pulsar instruments and effects like VST Instruments and VST plug-ins, directly from within a VST-compatible host application (Windows OS only).
New Pulsar II customers also receive the ProPack, which includes the following: A professional 24/48-channel mixing console adapted from the mixer previously available only in the high-end SCOPE /SP system. An additional effects suite containing a new Vocoder, De-esser, Stereo Expander, Pattern Delay, Syncable Filter, Overdrive with tube characteristic, syncable filter and much more. Lightwave, a new Wavetable synthesizer with flexible filter configurations and manifold modulation features. The highly acclaimed STS-3000 DSP Sampler. The Modular Synthesizer V2 with over 140 modules and 80 pre-patched synthesizers.
Although the Pulsar software has changed, the hardware is the same. The Pulsar II PCI card hosts six 32-bit SHARC DSPs, from 20 to 28 channels of audio I/O (in various combinations of analog, S/PDIF, AES/EBU, ADAT and Z-Link, depending on which of the four currently available options the customer selects) and an extensive set of ultra-low-latency audio drivers to communicate with all major audio programs for Windows or MacOS.
Existing Pulsar users can choose between two v3 update options: Standard or Pro. The standard update is free of charge, as usual. The Pro Update, which contains the ProPack, is available for US$139 (149 Euro). Both updates can be obtained at the CreamWare website, or from official CreamWare dealers worldwide.
Pulsar II v3 has a proposed retail price of US $1,444.