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Sonic Foundry released the 5.0d update for Sound Forge. It fixes a variety of bugs and adds support for ACID 3.0. If you're a registered user, you can download the update for free here.

I also found some more information for those of you interested in the new Windows XP that will be coming around shortly. First, there's a free Windows XP FAQ that you can download over at XPreme Magazine. In addition, Microsoft has put together a list of Web sites that are providing all kinds of information on the new version of Windows. You can find the list here.

And I've got some more product announcements for you from Dan Dean Productions and LinPlug Virtual Instruments in News.
A day of mourning... the United States of America was maliciously attacked today. An act of both cowardice and terrorism. This day will be forever remembered and archived here in the Notes section of DigiFreq. All the DigiFreqers out there, please join me in a moment of prayer for those who lost their lives in today's attacks, and for the families of those victims. God bless.
Lot's of things to talk about today... first, I have confirmed with the fine folks at Cakewalk that there is indeed a 1.03 update for Sonar in the works, but a release date hasn't been set yet. As soon as it is, you can bet you'll hear it here first.

Also, if you're using Cakewalk's Sonar, you can download a new batch of patches for the DreamStation DXi. Just click here to go grab them.

And lastly, the MIDI Manufacturers Association announced a new music file format called XMF (eXtensible Music Format). XMF is designed for wireless and web-based interactive audio applications. The XMF specification allows existing and complimentary music formats for music and sound generation (such as Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI), Standard MIDI Files (SMF), General MIDI (GM), and the Down-Loadable Samples (DLS) formats) to be packaged together in a single, easily managed, web-friendly file for use on a wide variety of playback devices. To find out more, go here.

Also, there are some new announcements from Adventus, Epinoisis Software, and NTONYX in News.
It's almost time, yet again, for another version of Windows to hit the market. Windows XP will soon be here - this October to be exact. You may be wondering whether you should upgrade your audio PC to take advantage of this new technology. Well, before you make the leap, be sure to check out this article called What's the Deal with Windows XP - 10 Things You Need to Know Before you Upgrade.

I also found another cool site that provides an online check for Windows XP. This free tool will test your system to see if it's ready to run the new OS. You can run the test at the PC Pitstop.

Now aren't you glad you visit DigiFreq every day? Who would want to miss out on all this great info? :-)
In this day and age, making music can actually be a scary prospect, especially if that's how you make your living. The Internet and new technologies are growing so fast that the antiquated copyright laws can hardly keep up. I found an interesting article that talks about the current state of copyrights and the Internet. I thought you might be interested. You can read more about it here.

I've also got a bunch of announcements from Gary Garriton, NTONYX, Roland, and more in News.
I've got some great news for everyone! This is something many of you have been waiting for... DigiFreq newsletter back issues are now available for download! This means that if you started reading DigiFreq any time after the first issue made its debut, you can now catch up on all the great tips and techniques you missed out on from the previous issues. Grab them over in Issues.

I've also posted some announcements from iZotope, Algorithmix, and CreamWare over in News.
Wow! Pentium 4 prices are really coming down. Makes me want to build another PC, even though I don't have the money for it at the moment. :-) I purchased the base components for my current system from Aberdeen, Inc. and now they're selling bare bones (you get the case, motherboard, pentium 4 chip, 128 MB RAM, and floppy drive) systems for only $459. Hmmm... my credit card isn't completely maxed out, yet. :-) I'm definitely going to have to think about this.

In the meantime, I've got some more announcements for you from Plextor, Native Instruments, and MusicMatch in News.
If you have a large (or even moderate) number of MIDI devices in your studio, you've no doubt run into the problem of trying to keep track of all the information contained in each device. Having quick and easy control over each device from a central location would be nice too, no? That's where the editor/librarian application comes in. An editor/librarian lets you edit, store, and organize the data for all your studio's MIDI devices using your PC. Midi Quest from Sound Quest is one such program. I did a review of Midi Quest earlier this year for Electronic Musician magazine. Click here to check it out.

And, Cakewalk is announcing a new product today in News.
I've seen a lot of talk about memory limitations in Windows over on the discussion boards and newsgroups. Well, it turns out that if you're using Windows 98 or ME, then yes, there are memory limitations. You can read about them in this article from the Microsoft Support Knowledge Base. If you're running with Windows NT or 2000, though, you aren't subject to the limitations.

Also, some announcements today from SEK'D, Kid Nepro, and Sound Quest in News.
My main recording tool these days is my PC. It is the central piece of equipment in my studio because I use it to record, play, and edit my music, as well as control all the devices in my studio. Suffice it to say, I want to be able to squeeze every bit of performance out of my PC as I can. So I was delighted to find a cool resource on the Web that lists all the startup programs that you can safely remove from your system in order to increase performance. The site is called Start-Up Applications.

Also, check out the latest announcements from Ahead Software, Net4Music, SpinAudio, SEK'D, and SONICblue in News.
I just love it when the supply for a product far outweighs the demand because that means I can get that product very cheaply. Case in point: if you're in the market for a new CDRW drive, now is the time to buy one... "Move over, PC price wars: Right now there's an equally intense battle for your dollars on the CD-RW drive front. Though the downward price spiral has been going on for months, competition has heated up as next-generation 20X and 24X CD-RW drives hit the market, forcing vendors to sell off existing inventories." Click here to read the whole article.

Also, Native Instruments and SpinAudio have some new products they want you to hear about. Check out the News.
Because of yesterday's webcam picture showing the compact disc laser lens cleaner, some of you were asking where you could get one. You should be able to find one at most electronics stores. The one I have is from a company called Bib Audio/Video Products Limited. I'm not sure if they have a web site.

If you're wondering how the disc works, here's a quote from the description on the back of the jewel case: A specially designed brush system ensures thorough and reliable cleaning without any harm to the sensitive coated lens. As the Cleaning Disc rotates, the brushes remove unwanted foreign matter by means of a wave action generated by the rotating disc.
It looks like the Sound Blaster Live is going the way of the dinosaurs. Creative has just introduced a new line of sound cards called Sound Blaster Audigy. The specs of this new line look pretty cool though. They've completely redesigned the audio architecture so that these new cards supposedly deliver 24-bit, 96kHz audio with 100dB signal-to-noise ratio. There are four new cards in the line: the Sound Blaster Audigy Platinum eX, Sound Blaster Audigy Platinum, Sound Blaster Audigy MP3+ and Sound Blaster Audigy X-Gamer. I wonder if they'll live up to the hype? For more information, check out the News.
I found an interesting article on the lifespan of CD media. Did you know that different types/brands of CDR discs have different lifespans? The article is written by Fred Langa. Fred does a very good job of covering the different types of discs on the market, and shows which ones last the longest. He also covers the types of damage than can occur to any discs, especially if not stored properly. Click here to check out the article.

And be sure to check the News on a daily basis. If you don't, then you're missing out. For example, if you own Infinity 2.0 from Sound Quest, did you know that there's a free update available?
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