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    Revolutionary Programming and Innovation uses

    Cambridge, MA, September 2, 2004: BionicFX announces a revolutionary
    technology for music production that turns NVIDIA video cards into audio effects processors.

    Audio Video Exchange (AVEX) converts digital audio into graphics data, and then performs effect calculations using the 3D architecture of the GPU. The latest video cards from NVIDIA are capable of more than 40 gigaflops of processing power compared to less than 6 gigaflops on Intel and AMD CPUs. AVEX represents a major technological achievement that allows music hobbyists and professional artists to run studio quality audio effects at high sample rates on their desktop computer.

    BionicReverb, the first effect to use AVEX, will debut at Winter NAMM Conference in January 2005. BionicReverb is an impulse response reverberation effect that runs as a plugin inside VST compatible multi-track recording software. The audio effect is generated by combining an impulse response file with digital audio. Impulse response files are created by firing a starter pistol inside a location, such as Carnegie Hall, and recording the echoing sound waves. Combining the two files through mathematical convolution is a CPU intensive process that is reduced by moving expensive calculations onto the GPU. Amateur and professional guitarists, singers, pianists, and other musicians will be able to create performances in their home or studio that sound exactly like they were recorded in famous
    locations around the world.

    AVEX works by transforming audio streams into the structure and colors of graphics data. The graphics data is processed on the video card by pixel or fragment shaders that run audio effect algorithms, which read and write to textures in video memory. The final calculations are retrieved from off-screen buffers and decoded into audio.

    For more information, visit www.bionicfx.com

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    Re: Revolutionary Programming and Innovation uses

    Quote Originally Posted by ellle
    AVEX represents a major technological achievement that allows music hobbyists and professional artists to run studio quality audio effects at high sample rates on their desktop computer.
    Sounds nice, but I'm wondering what the graphics on my computer will do when I use the gfx card for other things... can I still run my host or do the meters become sluggish...? Any restrictions on the numbre of monitors or screen resolution?

    --th
    I'm the stereo chancellor

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    Re: Revolutionary Programming and Innovation uses

    Hey ellle,

    Unless your sequencer application looks like Unreal Tournament or Doom I wouldn't worry about it. The real graphics processing horsepower of the NVidia card is used calculating 3D rendering . Your 2D Cubase (or whatever you use) just doesn't ask for much from your graphics card. Besides one of the first things recommended to max processing in a DAW is turn off all graphics effects. Doing so of course means your graphics card does almost nothing. I think this technology holds real promise, but it'll mean I'll have to buy an expensive graphics card instead of the $30 cheapie in the system now.

    Steve

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    Re: Revolutionary Programming and Innovation uses

    This sounds absolutely awesome. Can't wait to see how well it works. One of those "why didn't I think of that" ideas. Of course, a lot of people are going to be finding out just how hot their graphics cards are capable of getting...but what the heck.
    "Music is a manifestation of the human spirit similar to a language. If we do not want such things to remain dead treasures, we must do our utmost to make the greatest number of people understand their secrets" -- Zoltan Kodaly

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    Re: Revolutionary Programming and Innovation uses

    It sounds like a good idea but I blew out a nVidia GF4 4200 by playing Doom 3 the first time. Hehehehe. Wait till I load the sucker up with 24 tracks and 32 VST effects. Pop, smoke, burn, smell, panic, cuss, get new video card and don't play Doom 3 anymore. Hehehee.

    Cheers,
    JS

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