Blaster Live! Platinum - Page 6
The Platinum bundle I received also included the
long-awaited Live!Ware 3.0, which is a complete collection
of Creative’s new updates with new features, functionality
and software together with all previous Live!Ware releases
available since its first introduction. Live!
Ware 3.0, leverages further on the power of the EMU10K1
processor on the Sound Blaster Live! Platinum, to enable one
to experience what Creative term -
the “Internet Lifestyle” and “Personal Digital
Entertainment” (PDE). The whole package and software
bundle seems to be tailored for the Internet in various
ways, encompassing how you hear and see your music and the
way you communicate through the Internet. The Sound Blaster
Live! Platinum seems designed to enhance your audio
experience on the web. Here
are just some interesting applications I evaluated on the
LAVA! – Music In Motion
LAVA! (Live! Audio Visual Animation) offers a whole new way
of experiencing Internet Music. It is typically a technology
that gives visual expression to Internet music and makes it
possible for MP3 enthusiasts, musicians and artists to
express their creativity visually. It’s analogous to MTV
of the Internet!
can enjoy “dancing” LAVA! scenes as the song is played
back. You can create instant interactive music videos with
the use of LAVA! scene templates for MP3 songs (it comes
with several presets).
an “album” cover to each MP3 song by adding any JPEG
images you want is real fun. I used my favorite star’s
images as a backdrop to the LAVA scene and associated it
with my favorite music. Following those few steps, I was set
to share my new creation with friends who would mistake it
easily for my very own MTV hit. COOL!
effects such as strobing, colored lighting, wire frames,
morphing, etc can also be applied to your LAVA! scenes.
info can be sought at www.lavamusic.com
– Music In Motion
Digital Audio Center – Enhanced MP3
with Environmental Audio
Without a doubt, Internet Music is so hot
that it has literally become a ‘household’ term for PCs
within the past year. Not satisfied with simply providing
their customers the basic tools for the creation and
playback of plain Internet Music, Creative aims to enhance
the user experience of Internet Music through the
availability of its Digital Audio Center.
Digital Audio Center (DAC) is a customised version of
MusicMatch Jukebox, the best-selling MP3 software on the
Internet. MusicMatch Jukebox is
the world's first all-in-one MP3 software program, combining
CD ripping and MP3 and Real Audio encoding (compression), a
sophisticated music database, programmable
playlist controls and a multimedia
DAC: Bathroom effects just a click away!
real highlight of the software however, is its extensive
support for Environmental Audio. Users with Sound Blaster
Live! Platinum can not only apply Environmental Audio
effects in their MP3 playlist, but also directly encode the
effects into an MP3 file format. This means that you can
create your own Environmental Audio enhanced MP3 songs. This
is really splendid news. Now how I wish all other MP3
players could also do that!
MediaRing Talk 99
the growing popularity of Internet telephony, Creative has
teamed up with one of the leading Internet Telephony
Company, MediaRing, to offer a special version of their
MediaRing Talk 99 software to the Platinum users.
than a plain Internet telephony software. For PC to PC
calls, MediaRing’s patented knocking technology will
automatically connect both parties to the Internet if the
other party is present. No pre-arrangement to meet on the
Net is needed. It is also possible for MediaRing users to
make a call from a PC to a normal telephone or even
handphone! This is even better than the limited Netmeeting
program I usually use.
version of MediaRing Talk 99 is also optimized for
Environmental Audio and Sound Blaster Live! Platinum. All
Sound Blaster Live! users of MediaRing Talk 99 will be able
to use Creative VoicePersona; a feature that allows one’s
own voice to take the form of different personalities such
as Chipmunk, Male-to-Female, Female-to-Male, etc, in voice
communications whether over the phone or the Internet.
Creative VoicePersona is yet another feature that harnesses
the powerful and flexible EMU10K1 audio processor chip. I
did try calling someone on the net, utilizing the
Male-To-Female personas. This made me sound kinda weird,
like a err... ('giggle' =P). After a short talk, the
opposite party, who couldn't put up with my pseudo-female
voice, hung up. It’s really fun! Give it a go and you will
know what I mean (especially on your close friends).
promote and enable higher interaction with this application,
Creative has launched an online community called Creative
VoiceChat at http://www.creativechat.com/. Be sure to pay a visit there and make
new friends of similar interest! Hopefully, with the
let’s see how the Platinum benefits the 2 generic
categories of PC audio-users: Gamers and Musicians…