Sonic Core Unveils Insanely Powerful New Scope DSP Platform

The old CreamWare Scope DSP platform has been given new life… yet again. Things had been suspiciously quiet since Sonic Core acquired CreamWare’s assets early last year, and many long-time users were worried the end was near. It turns out the team was simply hard at work. The company will unveil powerful new Scope hardware and significantly upgraded software at the 2008 Frankfurt Musikmesse (March 12-15). The big news is the € 2698 ($4200) Scope XITE-1 DSP hardware system. It’s based on Analog Devices SHARC DSP chips, offering 10x more processing power than their previous high-end Scope Professional card. The …

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CreamWare Audio Lives To See Another Day

German manufacturer CreamWare – best known for their Scope DSP cards and ASB tabletop synthesizers – was declared insolvent on December 18, 2006. Those of you who’ve been following the company for a few years will recall that they hit a similar rough patch in 2004, but re-emerged to release their acclaimed lineup of ASB hardware synthesizers, along with updates to their Scope DSP software. Luckily, this cloud has a silver lining. The company’s assets have been acquired by two companies with considerable CreamWare experience: SonicCore and InDSP. SonicCore is a German company run by former Scope developers Holger Drenkelfort …

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Creamware Klangboxes: Knobless virtual analog synthesizers

Matrixsynth and sequencer.de have blown the cover on an upcoming series of rackmount ASB synth modules from Creamware. Apparently, €444 will get you a 1U rack unit that contains the heart and soul (well, just the electronic bits…) of either the Minimax, Pro12, or Prodyssey virtual analog synths. Each device features a power switch, blue LED power light, and MIDI/USB connectors on its backside. Presumably, they’ll be programmed using a softsynth-like interface running on your PC or Mac. I think Creamware might be missing the boat with these — after all, the ASB series is wonderful because each box provides …

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Messe: Hardware vs. Software Instruments, Redux

Oh, boy! It’s my favorite topic: whether hardware or software instruments are “better.” Ugh. Anyway, another month, another trade show, another round of new products that attempt to blur the lines. Let’s see how they’re doing: Shown: Mystery synthesist from Synthfool

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Creamware Unveils Hammond Organ Hardware with Drawbars

They put Minimoog and Prophet synth emulations into hardware boxes under a grand. Now Creamware has added an emulation of the most legendary organ of all time to its “Authentic Sound Box” (ASB) line, and it’s a lot easier to lift than the original. Could these guys replace your laptop and software synths? -Ed. Creamware continues its efforts to reinvent classic analog hardware with the introduction of the B4000 ASB, a clone of the Hammond B-3 electromechanical organ. Like the other ASB’s this one eschews keys in favor of a space-saving tabletop design but it does have the real drawbars …

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Creamware’s Minimax, Profit-5: Analog Sounds in Cheap Packages

As the industry trends toward digital sound and plug-ins (or so we were told), we increasingly have . . . wha? More hardware emulating old analog classics? And now at prices under US$1000? Believe it. Creamware has previewed two new hardware boxes, the Minimax ASB and Profit-5 ASB. They don't mention the Minimoog or Prophet-5 by name, but the boxes rip off knob layout and even the typefaces of these classic analog synths. Creamware's plug-in versions of the same have earned some kudos, but the company is now packing the sound into compact, inexpensive hardware. Availability: June (Minimax); August (Profit-5) …

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