MILPITAS, CA - April 29, 1999
- Creative Technology Ltd.
(NASDAQ:CREAF) the renowned innovator of market-leading multimedia
solutions for personal entertainment, today announced that Dell
Computer Corporation, a leading direct vendor of personal computer
systems is offering Creative's highly acclaimed Sound Blaster
Live! Value audio processor as an option on the company's Dimension
desktop systems. Based on the same award-winning architecture
used in Sound Blaster Live!, Sound Blaster Live! Value enhances
all existing audio content for a completely new way to experience
audio in music, entertainment and games. In addition, Sound Blaster
Live! Value offers customers high-quality, digital audio processing
and connectivity for a superior audio experience.
Sound Blaster Live! Value is designed to bring "Hollywood-quality"
audio and effects - qualities found in the surround-sound digital
theater experience - plus the interactivity of PC entertainment
to the desktop. Sound Blaster Live! Value has garnered such prestigious
awards as "Sound Card of the Year" from CNET Gamecenter.
In March, Creative's Sound Blaster Live! technology was
inducted into the "Hall of Fame" at the Frontline
Awards held by Game Developer Magazine during the 1999 Game
Developers Conference. In addition, this technology was recently
awarded "MVP" standing by PC Computing.
Creative's Environmental Audio goes beyond 3D positional audio,
adding reverb, echo, and other effects consistent with the room
acoustics, position of the user, source of the sound, and many
other cues. Top title developers are supporting Environmental
Audio through Creative's widely adopted open API - Environmental
Audio Extensions (EAX). For a complete list of titles that
support Environmental Audio please visit our Web site at:
"We have worked hard to provide consumers with an audio standard
unsurpassed by any other," said John Troutman, vice president
of the OEM Business Division at Creative. "Evident by its
overwhelming success, Sound Blaster Live! and Live Value! with
Environmental Audio, have been well-received in the industry.
Broad support from top title developers and top PC vendors like
Dell, further solidifies Creative's leading position in the PC
Features of Sound Blaster Live! Value
- Hollywood Quality Audio Re-creation: Excellent audio
fidelity surpassing the quality of most home theater systems.
- Powerful EMU10K1 Audio Processing Engine: Superb signal
processing at 32-bit, 192 dB, 48KHz using 8-point interpolation.
This smoothes the sound waveform, instantly improving any audio
source including existing content, Internet audio, CD audio and
- Environmental Audio Technology: Enhances all existing
content and audio sources in real-time including CD audio, WAV,
MIDI, VCD, DVD, Internet audio, line-input and microphone.
- Multiple Speaker Output: Built-in support for surround
sound with two or four analog speakers.
- 512-Voice Music Synthesis: Available standard with
512-voice capability. Professional quality sample banks are included
in 2 MB, 4 MB and 8 MB configurations for music reproduction.
Up to 32 MB of memory for amazing SoundFont fidelity can
be used to provide fantastic quality music synthesis with upgrade
options to add more SoundFont banks.
- Sound Blaster PCI Standard: Near-perfect Sound Blaster
legacy support in a single PCI card - no need to keep a separate
ISA card. Not available on any competitive audio products, the
patented Sound Blaster PCI Standard includes support for previously
written MS-DOS and Windows titles.
- Broadest Software Support: The open-standard Environmental
Audio API assures the broadest software support including games
and applications written for Microsoft DirectSound, DirectSound3D
and derivative technologies.
- Dedicated Sound Blaster Live! Web site: A continuously
updated web site providing the latest product news, exciting new
environments, feature enhancements, software drivers, SoundFont
samples, FAQ, newsgroups and much more can be found at: https://www.soundblaster.com.
This announcement relates to products whose launch are in the
United States of America. The product names, contents, prices
and availability may differ elsewhere in the world according to
local factors and requirements.
Sound Blaster and Blaster are registered trademarks of Creative
Technology Ltd. All other products mentioned herein are trademarks
of their respective owners and are hereby recognized as such.