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MIDI Founder Joins Seer Systems.

ST. HELENA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 16, 1995--Stanley Jungleib, Chairman of Seer Systems Inc. today announced that Dave Smith, recognized as the founder of the Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI), has joined Seer as president.

Smith was the founder, president, and chief engineer of Sequential Circuits, the seminal music synthesizer manufacturer in the 70s and 80s. In 1981, he proposed a new communication standard to the music instrument (MI) market at the Audio Engineering Society (AES) convention. He then worked with four Japanese companies to refine the protocol, which was released to the public in late 1982. He coined the acronym "MIDI" to describe the system.

MIDI then grew to become the world standard for all music related communication, and is supported by Microsoft in Windows 3.1 and Windows 95. It has since become a required element in PC-based multimedia computer systems.

"With the recent explosion in multimedia systems, Seer believes that there are many opportunities for specialized music synthesis products," stated Jungleib. "The power of CPUs has been growing rapidly, and can be clearly predicted to continue growing in the future. This provides a solid platform for software-based music synthesis, eventually providing true professional sound quality on the motherboard."

"The market for standalone music synthesizer instruments has been declining in recent years," added Smith, "and will continue to decline as more capability is ported into software on PCs. As this happens, the mass consumer market will be able to enjoy much higher quality music synthesis, as opposed to the simple General MIDI systems available now, or worse yet, FM synthesis."

Seer Systems is a software company specializing in software-based music synthesis systems. Seer developed the industry's first software-based General MIDI synthesizer for Intel, which is shipping as the "Vsynth" with the Turtle Beach Monte Carlo sound card. Seer has also provided technology and consulting to Intel as part of its Native Signal Processing (NSP) initiative.

Seer Systems was founded three years ago, initially as a music synthesis consulting company. While it will continue this portion of its business, Seer is now expanding to develop a line of its own software products. "We are close to beta on a new, enhanced General MIDI software synthesizer, which is optimized for Pentium/Windows 95 operation," claimed Smith. "We have a two-year lead on our competition, and we of course plan to stay ahead."

In addition, Seer is working on the next generation of software-based synthesis, which they believe will be a real product long before most people expect. "We have some exciting sounds coming from our labs, and expect to be demonstrating these very soon to our customers," said Jungleib.

CONTACT: Seer Systems Inc., St. Helena

Dave Smith, 707/963-7006 or daveseer@ix.netcom.com
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