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Subject: Re: FLASH: BIAS to acquire Deck audio software from Macromedia
From: Mike Greenberg
Date: Mon, 28 Sep 1998 17:19:35 +0100

I am glad to hear that Deck 2 got into the right hands. I still use it and
like it:)


Michael Greenberg
Macromedia Evangelist
Multimedia/Shockwave Developer (Director and Flash)
Project Manager of Mercavia Web Site

email: macmikeatatl [dot] mindspring [dot] com
mgreenbergatenquest [dot] com

>From: Brad Bechtel <wellvisatmacromedia [dot] com>
>To: flasheratshocker [dot] com, shockwaveatshocker [dot] com
>Subject: FLASH: BIAS to acquire Deck audio software from Macromedia
>Date: Mon, Sep 28, 1998, 11:43 AM

>Development of BIAS Deck 3.0 Also Announced - Will Include
>ASIO and VST Support, Free Upgrades For New 2.6 Owners
>Audio Engineering Society Expo • Booth #122 • San Francisco • September 26,
>1998 - Berkley Integrated Audio Software, Inc. (BIAS) - manufacturer of the
>award-winning audio software products Peak™, Peak LE™, and SFX Machine™ -
>is pleased to announce its acquisition of Deck™ from Macromedia, Inc. The
>acquisition is effective immediately. BIAS, a company with a proven track
>record of developing high-quality audio tools, is a natural home for Deck,
>an established, award-winning audio product with enormous development potential.
>The BIAS Family Now Includes an Award-Winning Multitrack Audio Workstation
>With the acquisition of Deck, BIAS now offers a complete family of
>solutions for audio engineers, music producers, audio-for-picture and video
>editors, radio and television broadcasters, as well as multimedia and Web
>Deck is a dedicated multitrack audio workstation for the Macintosh, with a
>range of features unparalleled by any other multitrack software. The most
>current version, Deck 2.6, works in conjunction with third-party audio
>cards or in "native mode" - where it can be used with almost any recent
>Macintosh (including all PowerPC and G3 CPUs, even PowerBooks) with no
>additional audio hardware. Deck 2.6 also offers up to 999 virtual tracks;
>playback of up to 64 simultaneous tracks; real-time DSP features for every
>channel; OMS-compatibility; support for Adobe Premiere Plug-Ins; QuickTime
>digital video playback and sync; and much more.
>Deck joins BIAS' line of acclaimed software products, including Peak and
>Peak LE - which offer dedicated stereo editing, mastering, streaming audio
>encoding for the Web, and audio CD recording - and SFX Machine, a creative
>signal processing tool that offers a multitude of unique effects. Together,
>they form a complementary line of production tools that can take any audio
>project from multitrack recording through editing, from mastering to final
>delivery - on CD-R, CD-ROM, via the Web, or any other delivery format.
>There are tens of thousands of Deck users, and BIAS is pleased to offer
>them a firm commitment to the product's continued development. "Under
>Macromedia, Deck has matured into a highly capable and cost-effective
>multitrack audio workstation," said Steve Berkley, president and CEO of
>BIAS. "Now that Deck is part of the BIAS family, it's a perfect multitrack
>companion to Peak. And we're sure that in 1999, Deck 3.0 will further
>strengthen the product's significant market share." "As Macromedia focuses
>on delivering breakthrough tools and technologies for the Web, we worked
>with BIAS to ensue a smooth transition for our Deck II sound customers,"
>said David Mendels, vice president and co-general manager of Macromedia's
>Web Publishing division. "We're confident that with BIAS' expertise in
>audio, the product will continue to evolve to meet the needs of its users."
>Development of BIAS Deck 3.0 Announced - With Free Upgrades for New Deck 2.6 Owners
>BIAS is also announcing that active development has commenced on Deck 3.0
>(ship date TBA). This forthcoming version will support the ASIO™ industry
>standard, giving users a wide choice of audio hardware and interface
>options. Deck 3.0 will also offer support for VST™ plug-ins, expanding its
>already existing repertoire of real-time DSP options. Furthermore, BIAS
>plans to integrate many other new, useful features and enhancements.
>Upgrades to Deck 3.0 will be free for anyone who purchases a new copy of
>BIAS Deck 2.6 on or after October 31, 1998. For owners of older versions of
>Deck, BIAS will announce other upgrade programs as the release of Deck 3.0
>draws closer.
>BIAS Deck 2.6 Ships October 31 - Now Bundled With Free Copy of Peak LE
>Deck 2.6 will be re-released as a BIAS product on October 31, 1998. BIAS
>Deck 2.6 will be available for purchase either through BIAS' domestic and
>international dealer channel - or directly from the BIAS Website
>(www.bias-inc.com). BIAS Deck 2.6 will also include a free copy of BIAS
>Peak LE, the "lite" version of BIAS' award-winning Peak software.
>BIAS Deck 2.6 has a suggested retail price of US$399 - and all new
>purchases made on or after October 31, 1998 are eligible for a free upgrade
>to Deck 3.0. Upgrades from Deck 1.x to 2.6 are US$299; upgrades from Deck
>2.0 to 2.6 are US$99; and upgrades from Deck 2.5 to 2.6 are free, and will
>be available for download from the BIAS Website starting October 31, 1998.
>About BIAS
>Berkley Integrated Audio Software Inc., a privately held corporation based
>in Petaluma, California, is an established leader in cutting-edge audio
>software technology. BIAS' award-winning product line - which currently
>includes Deck, Peak, Peak LE and SFX Machine - has earned the respect of
>audio professionals throughout the world. BIAS was founded in 1994, and is
>dedicated to crafting powerful, innovative tools for audio professionals,
>musicians, composers, multimedia developers, and Internet authors.
>•For accuracy's sake, we'd like to draw your attention to the following:
>You may have known previous versions of Deck as Macromedia (or OSC) "DECK
>II." Please note the program is now BIAS Deck - no caps on "Deck," no roman
>numeral "II."
>•Please note that BIAS is an acronym for Berkley Integrated Audio Software,
>which is why we kindly ask you to capitalize "BIAS" when it appears in print.
>•Finally, even though we're in the same geographical location as the city
>of Berkeley, please note that our company name - Berkley - has one less "e."
>Thank you!
>Deck, Peak, Peak LE, and SFX Machine are all trademarks of Berkley
>Integrated Audio Software, Inc. Director is a trademark of Macromedia, Inc.
>ASIO and VST are trademarks of Steinberg GmbH. All other trademarks are
>property of their respective holders.
>Media Contact:
>Christine Anuszkiewicz, VP Marketing
>415-331-2446 (phone/fax)
>chrisatbias-inc [dot] com
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