Roland Corp. Licenses Sound Canvas Sounds and C Format for Apple's QuickTime 3.0.LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 18, 1997--
Enhancing the Quality of Multimedia Audio Worldwide Through
Roland's Enhanced MIDI Sounds and Expanded Controls
In an agreement which will serve to enhance the quality and compatibility of multimedia audio development, Roland Corp. has licensed its Sound Canvas sound set and the (C) Format to Apple Computer Inc. for inclusion in QuickTime 3.0, the newest version of Apple's popular multi-platform multimedia architecture to be released in the first part of 1998.
The licensing agreement between Roland and Apple provides for Roland's Sound Canvas sounds and (C) Format extensions to General MIDI A standard set of 128 sounds for MIDI sound cards and devices (synthesizers, sound modules, etc.). By assigning instruments to specific MIDI patch locations, General MIDI provides a standard way of communicating MIDI sound. to be integrated with a forthcoming QuickTime-based software synthesizer A software synthesizer, also known as a softsynth or virtual instrument is a computer program for digital audio generation. Computer software which can create sounds or music is not new, but advances in processing speed are allowing softsynths to accomplish the same , yielding professional-quality, MIDI-based audio output to interactive software developers and users worldwide.
Because QuickTime is the foundation upon which the Mac OS and Windows multimedia development is based, the combination of Roland's Sound Canvas sounds and QuickTime's new software synthesis engine will provide CD-quality MIDI sounds and enhanced (C) Format controls to thousands of future multimedia titles.
"Roland Corporation Roland Corporation (ローランド株式会社 firmly believes that the key to the success of interactive audio using MIDI is the accurate playback of varied music content," said Ikutaro Kakehashi Ikutaro Kakehashi (梯 郁太郎 Kakehashi Ikutarō , chairman and chief executive officer of Roland.
"We are proud that Apple has chosen Roland's Sound Canvas sound set and (C) Format for QuickTime. This will provide an improvement in the quality of interactive audio worldwide, as well as enhance the compatibility and expand the use of MIDI."
A multi-platform multimedia architecture, QuickTime is widely used by both the Mac OS and Windows multimedia applications. A smaller Roland General MIDI sound set was originally licensed by Apple in 1994 for QuickTime 2.0. This new agreement, however, marks the first time QuickTime has included the full Sound Canvas sound set and enhanced (C) sound controls.
Roland introduced the world's first General MIDI/(C) Format-compatible sound module in 1991 with its SC-55 Sound Canvas. The Sound Canvas has since been recognized as the reference for General MIDI compatibility by the Interactive Audio Special Interest Group (IASIG IASIG Interactive Audio Special Interest Group ) of the MIDI Manufacturer's Association (MMA (Microcomputer Managers Association, Inc.) A membership organization with chapters throughout the U.S. that was devoted to educating personnel responsible for personal computers. It disbanded in 1996.
Mma - A fast Mathematica-like system, in Allegro CL by R. Fateman, 1991. ).
Roland's (C) Format consists of extensions to the General MIDI specification, providing expanded musical control and compatibility.
Roland is a world leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of electronic musical instruments, professional audio equipment, multimedia products and music accessories. Roland Sound Canvas Roland/Edirol Sound Canvas lineup is a series of PCM-based MIDI sound modules and PC sound cards primarily intended for computer music usage, created by Roland Corporation. All Sound Canvas modules are General MIDI compatible. Some models include serial or USB connection to computer. and Desk Top Music Products are sold in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. by Edirol Corp., 360/332-4211.
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