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New Sound Cards for Music, Games and More

Techstination feature for Wednesday, October 13, 1999

Whether you're a music lover, a game player or both...the sound card in your computer can make a big difference. I'm Fred Fishkin with Bootcamp, a report on computers and technology. One of the downsides of the cut throat competition in the PC business today is that to keep prices low, some manufacturers are skimping when it comes to the quality of the video and sound. One of the advantages to ordering a custom built PC from one of the big names...Dell, Gateway, Compaq or IBM for instance.... is you can specify what you want. Or you can upgrade what you already have. Creative Labs has revamped its Sound Blaster Live! line, with cards and software designed for game players...the XGamer, music lovers....the MP3+....and the top of the line Platinum. Product Manager Stan Kwong says they all use Environmental Audio technology ....

"Environmental Audio is really an effects engine that you can enhance your music by creating an environment such as ...the one we like to the bathroom. So there's different acoustic effects when you go from the bathroom to say...a cave or an outdoor open room..."

(sound)And game makers use it to enhance reality. There are even visual effects you can add using technology called Lava. You can find more information on the web at