Adaptec's new SoundStream CD
recording software makes it easy to create custom CDs of your
favorite songs from MP3 tracks, WAV files and digital audio CDs
WIRE)--June 21, 1999-- With Adaptec's new SoundStream CD recording
software, users can create their own "greatest hits" CDs by
compiling tracks of their favorite songs they download from the
Internet, or by taking tracks off existing music CDs. This user-
friendly application includes links to popular Internet music web
sites, access to CDDB, the online Disc Recognition Service, Jewel
Case Creator for creating custom CD labels and inserts, and
special effects for enhancing sound quality.
"While MP3 has become
tremendously popular, most people can only listen to MP3s on their
computer," said Tom Seaman, group marketing manager for Adaptec's
Software Products Group. "We want to give customers an easy
way to listen to their favorite MP3s anywhere. SoundStream
combines a user-friendly interface with access to Internet music
and market-leading reliability of Adaptec's CD recording
How It Works
SoundStream makes burning custom
CDs a simple and fun experience for even novice computer users.
SoundStream's user interface is similar to a standard audio
player, allowing users to create a play list by selecting one or
more songs from their hard drive or CD. Seventy-four minutes of
music can be burned to CD by simply clicking the record button.
MP3 and WAV files are seamlessly converted to CD audio, allowing
users to create CDs that can be played in any standard home, car
or portable CD player.
The sound quality of MP3 and other
audio formats, including standard digital audio CDs, can be
enhanced using built-in high-quality special effects from
Arboretum Systems that come packaged with SoundStream. Arboretum's
Realizer process creates bigger bass, better separation and
sizzling high end. The Concert Hall effect adds fullness to the
sound, Reverb provides ambience, and Time Warp adds either a
nostalgic Victrola sound or a futuristic electronic sound. All
sound effects can be previewed before burning to CD. SoundStream
also includes a Balance Loudness feature, which eliminates the
need for continual adjustment to the volume control. Turning this
feature on automatically ensures that all tracks are recorded at a
consistent volume level, even if the original sources were
recorded at different levels.
Other features include support for
CDDB, the online Disc Recognition Service, which automatically
displays the artist name, CD title, and song information of
popular CDs (eliminating the need to manually enter this
information). The CDDB information can be used to create custom CD
labels with Adaptec's Jewel Case Creator application. This utility
makes it easy for users to design customized CD labels and jewel
case inserts, with features such as curved text, in-place editing,
professionally-designed themes, and support for popular brands of
CD label paper.
Pricing and Availability
SoundStream will be available in
the U.S. & Canada in early fall 1999 and has a manufacturer's
suggested retail price of $49 with a $10 mail-in rebate coupon.
Customers can sign up at http://cdr.adaptec.com/signup
to be notified via email when SoundStream becomes available. Email
inquiries can be sent to email@example.com.
About Adaptec, Inc.
Adaptec moves the world's
information with host bus adapters, RAID, and software products
that speed data to and from computers, peripherals, and networks.
Founded in 1981 and with headquarters in Milpitas, Calif., Adaptec
is a global design, manufacturing, sales, service, and
distribution company. More information on Adaptec's CD-Recordable
software is available at http://cdr.adaptec.com
or for other Adaptec products visit our web site at www.adaptec.com.
CDDB, Inc. operates the largest
online database of audio CD information in the world found at www.CDDB.com.
CDDB, Inc., is an Internet enterprise of Escient, Inc. on the Web
at www.escient.com a
recognized pioneer and leader in developing convergence
technologies that combine consumer electronics, computing power,
and the Internet in powerful yet simple ways.
About Arboretum Systems
Arboretum Systems develops digital
signal processing technologies for professional and consumer
markets. Founded in 1993, with headquarters in Pacifica, Calif.,
Arboretum provides a broad range of signal processing, noise
reduction; voice transformation and Internet audio enhancement
technologies to the professional, consumer and OEM markets.
Details on the Arboretum Realizer process can be found at http://www.arboretum.com/realizer,
for other Arboretum products visit http://www.arboretum.com.
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Kathryn Kelly, 408/957-1484