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Creative Announces Creative Professional E-MU Emulator X2 Software Sampler

E-MU Reinvents the Software Sampler with Host of Groundbreaking Features

SINGAPORE - August 15, 2006 - Creative Technology Ltd. (NASDAQ: CREAF), a worldwide leader in digital entertainment products for PC users, today announced the Creative Professional E-MU® Emulator® X2 Software Sampler for PC, introducing a host of groundbreaking tools that includes SynthSwipe™ automated hardware sampling, TwistaLoop™ non-destructive audio manipulator, Morph Filter Designer to create custom filters, Multi-Function Generator for advanced LFO/envelope/arpeggiator programming, advanced Transform Multiply convolution DSP tool, real-time control of multiple loop points, REX2 and MP3 import and much more. Emulator X2 builds on the unmatched sound quality of E-MU's pristine 24-bit/192kHz sound engine and patented pitch interpolation, and can be run either standalone (64 MIDI channels) or as a VST instrument (16 MIDI channels per instantiation).

"E-MU is renowned for its sampling technology, used by many famous musicians and music producers as well as Hollywood studios in the making of the music in blockbusters such as Mission Impossible, Kill Bill and many more. The first generation of Emulator X for PC was awarded "Best Sampler of the Year" by KEYS Magazine for 2005. Emulator X2 is the result of E-MU's relentless effort to innovate and bring the most powerful functions to music creation." said Sim Wong Hoo, chairman and CEO of Creative.

SynthSwipe
SynthSwipe is a sampling tool that will automatically sample and create presets from any hardware or software MIDI instrument and create a playable preset. Simply set the initial sampling parameters such as key range, how many notes, how many velocities per note, velocity range and SynthSwipe does the rest with utmost precision. SynthSwipe is an invaluable tool for sound designers and anyone who wants to bring their old synth and sound module soundsets into the computer.

TwistaLoop
TwistaLoop is a tool that automatically analyzes any audio by dissecting it into its rhythmic components, allows the editing of this audio with multiple loop points and regions, and offers total control over tempo with real-time audio time expansion/compression - all with E-MU's patented pitch interpolation for unmatched audio fidelity.

Morph Filter Designer
The Morph Filter Designer provides users with filter creation tools that E-MU's sound designers have been using for years to create the legendary morphing Z-Plane™ filters. The Morph Filter Designer now allows the construction of all-new exotic filter types that can be morphed from one type to another in real-time.

Multi-Function Generator
The Multi-Function Generator offers advanced LFO/envelope/arpeggiator programming, providing three function generators per voice that are directly tied into Emulator X2's powerful synthesis architecture (over 100 parameters). These Function Generators have several key sync and direction modes that enable complex levels of control, and can be programmed to modulate pitch, filters, volume, retrigger samples or LFO's, change tempo or trigger other events.

Transform Multiply
Transform Multiply is a convolution DSP tool that creates new sounds by combining the timbral and time elements of two signals in a way that reinforces frequencies common to both sources and discards frequencies not present in both. This powerful tool is applicable to everything from adding a custom reverb (by adding a reverb impulse to another sound) to full blown voice articulation of musical instruments (combining speech with an instrument).

The E-MU 1616M PCI Digital Audio System features:

  • Mastering-grade 24-bit, 192kHz converters - the same A/D converters used in Digidesign®'s flagship ProTools® HD 192 I/O Interface
  • 32 channels of zero latency hardware mixing/monitoring with super-flexible virtual patchbay - no external mixer needed
  • E-DSP 32-bit Multi-effects Processor offers you over 25 hardware-accelerated effects (over 600 presets) with no CPU overhead - plug-in architecture allows you to add new effects as needed
  • E-MU Power FX™ hardware-accelerated VST effects let you use the E-DSP Multi-effects Processor as a plug-in within your VST applications and allow you to automate and save all effects parameter settings
  • Compatibility with most popular audio/sequencer applications - ultra-low latency 24-bit/192kHz ASIO2, WDM and 64-bit drivers
  • Production Tools software bundle with software by Cakewalk, Steinberg, Ableton, IK Multimedia, and many more - everything you need to create, record, edit, master and burn your music

I/O Configuration:

  • Two E-MU XTC™ Mic/Line/Hi-Z preamps with soft limiter and 48V phantom power
  • Four ?" Balanced Inputs
  • Six ?" Balanced Outputs
  • Turntable Input (with ground lug and hardware RIAA preamp)
  • 24-bit/192kHz ADAT In/Out (switchable to S/PDIF)
  • 24-bit/192kHz Coaxial S/PDIF In/Out (switchable to AES/EBU)
  • Two sets of MIDI In/Out on breakout cable
  • Three stereo 1/8” Speaker Outputs (configurable from stereo to 5.1)
  • One stereo Headphone Output

Pricing and Availability
Emulator X2 ships in September 2006 with a 2 In/2 Out USB MIDI interface and over 3GB of sounds at US$299.99 (S$499.00). Emulator X2 will also be available as an add-on for any E-MU Digital Audio System, USB/MIDI Interface or Xboard USB/MIDI controller at US$249.99 or as an upgrade for existing Emulator X owners at US$79.99.
Emulator X2 will also be available bundled with the E-MU 1616M PCI Digital Audio System in September 2006 at US$599.99 (S$999.00).

For more information about the E-MU Emulator X2, visit www.asia.creative.com.

About Creative
Creative (NASDAQ: CREAF) is a worldwide leader in digital entertainment products for PC
users. Famous for its Sound Blaster® sound cards and for launching the multimedia revolution, Creative is now driving digital entertainment on the PC platform with products like its highly acclaimed ZEN™ and MuVo® portable audio players. Creative's innovative hardware, proprietary technology, applications and services leverage the Internet, enabling consumers to experience high-quality digital entertainment - anytime, anywhere.

About E-MU Systems
E-MU Systems is a leading developer of digital audio products that serve musicians and audio professionals. E-MU designs, manufactures and markets audio/MIDI interfaces, software instruments, USB/MIDI controllers and powered reference monitors, many of which make use of proprietary VLSI/Chip technology and E-MU's advanced software algorithms. E-MU's superb audio-quality and consistent technical innovation have made its products the choice for quality-minded musicians worldwide.

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