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Creative Announces Creative Professional E-MU 0404 USB and 0202 USB Audio/MIDI Interfaces

24-bit/192kHz USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interfaces That Deliver Superior Audio Fidelity

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® 0404 USB and 0202 USB - USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI interfaces for PC and Notebooks, offering pristine 24-bit/192kHz recording and playback, direct monitoring and a host of professional features in a compact USB package.

The E-MU 0404 USB Audio/MIDI interface delivers an unparalleled level of USB audio quality with premium 24-bit/192kHz A/D and D/A converters, pristine XTCTM Mic/Line/Hi-Z preamps and ultra-low jitter clock. From its plug-and-play functionality and hands-on ergonomic design to professional features like independent ground lift switches and signal-to-noise specifications that are simply unmatched by any other USB interface on the market, the E-MU 0404 USB will change your expectations and set a new standard for USB audio.

The E-MU 0202 USB Audio interface comes with two Class-A preamps that can run independently or in stereo to amplify guitars, keyboards or microphones, with individual ground lift switches for optimal audio performance. Bus powered via USB, the E-MU 0202 USB delivers professional results in a highly portable package.

"The E-MU Digital Audio Systems for PCI were awarded "Best Audio Interface of the Year" by Electronic Musician for 2005. In the design of the E-MU USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI interfaces, we stood firm in our approach of using top-of-the-line components and offering professional functionality to bring a line of simple to use yet powerful solutions for hobbyists and professional musicians. "said Sim Wong Hoo, chairman and CEO of Creative.

The E-MU 0404 USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface features:

  • Premium 24-bit/192kHz A/D and D/A converters offer unmatched USB audio fidelity (A/D: 113dB, D/A: 117dB measured SNR performance)
  • E-MU XTC Class-A ultra-low noise Mic/Line/Hi-Z preamps with soft limiter and 48V phantom power (-127dB EIN) with 60dB of gain
  • Independent ground lift switches for optimal audio fidelity and flexibility
  • Hardware zero-latency direct monitoring (mono or stereo)
  • Plug-and-play operation with hands-on control of all major functions
  • Compatibility with most popular audio/sequencer applications (ASIO2, WDM, MME, AC3 and DTS Pass-thru supported)
  • Includes Production Tools software bundle with E-MU's Proteus VX Software Sound Module, as well as software by Cakewalk, Steinberg, Ableton, IK Multimedia, and many more - everything needed to create, record, edit, and master your music is in the box.

I/O Configuration:

  • Two E-MU XTC Mic/Line/Hi-Z preamps (with soft limiter and 48V phantom power)
  • Two 1/4" balanced outputs
  • 1/8" stereo speaker output
  • 24-bit/96kHz Optical S/PDIF In/Out (switchable to AES/EBU)
  • 24-bit/96kHz Coaxial S/PDIF In/Out (switchable to AES/EBU)
  • One set of MIDI In/Out
  • Stereo headphone output

The E-MU 0202 USB 2.0 Audio Interface features:

  • Pristine 24-bit/192kHz A/D and D/A converters (A/D: 113dB, D/A: 112dB measured SNR performance)
  • E-MU Class-A ultra-low noise Mic/Line/Hi-Z preamp (-127dB EIN) with 60dB of gain
  • E-MU Class-A combo Line/Hi-Z preamp (-127dB EIN) with 60dB of gain
  • Independent ground lift switches for optimal audio fidelity and flexibility
  • Hardware zero-latency direct monitoring (mono or stereo)
  • Plug-and-play operation with hands-on control of all major functions
  • USB bus powered
  • Compatibility with most popular audio/sequencer applications (ASIO2, WDM)
  • Includes Production Tools software bundle with E-MU's Proteus VX Software Sound Module, as well as software by Cakewalk, Steinberg, Ableton, IK Multimedia, and many more - everything needed to create, record, edit, and master your music is in the box

I/O Configuration:

  • Ultra-low noise Mic/Line/Hi-Z preamp (-127dBu EIN)
  • Line/Hi-Z preamp
  • 1/8" computer microphone input w/5V condenser mic power (doubles Mic/Line/Hi-Z preamp above)
  • Two 1/4" outputs
  • 1/8" stereo speaker output
  • Stereo headphone output

The E-MU 0404 USB and 0202 USB Audio/MIDI interfaces include drivers for Windows XP and x64. Support for the Macintosh will be available by the end of year 2006.

Pricing and Availability
The Creative Professional E-MU 0404 USB and E-MU 0202 USB, priced at US$199.99 (S$339.00) and US$129.99 (S$219.00) respectively, will be available in September 2006.

For more information about E-MU 0404 USB and 0202 USB, 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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This announcement relates to products launched in the Asia Pacific. The product names, prices and availability are subject to change without notice and may differ elsewhere in the world according to local factors and requirements. MuVo, and Sound Blaster are registered trademarks of Creative Technology Ltd. in the United States and other countries. All other brand names are trademarks of their respective owners.

E-MU, Proteus and Emulator are registered trademarks of E-MU Systems, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. All other brand names mentioned are trademarks of their respective owners.