M-Audio Announces Worldwide Release of Wizoo's WizooVerb W2

M-Audio, a leading provider of creative tools for computer-centric musicians, is proud to announce the availability of the new WizooVerb W2.

Created by acclaimed software developer Wizoo Sound Design GmbH, WizooVerb W2 is a completely new kind of creative reverb that lets users freely combine the realism of impulse-based reverb with the flexibility of algorithmic reverb—all in true stereo throughout the signal chain.

Exclusive to WizooVerb W2, HDIR (High-Definition Impulse Response) refines the IR method of room modeling, greatly improving the resulting reverb quality. WizooVerb W2 includes source models from 10 world-class recording and performance venues including Ambience, Booth, Cathedral, Chamber Large, Chamber Medium, Chamber Small, Church, Concert Hall, Dance Club, Opera House, Philharmonic Hall, Room Small, Scoring Stage, Studio Large, Studio Small. A built-in graphic envelope control makes it easy to further sculpt these spaces.

WizooVerb W2 also features Wizoo's proprietary A.I.R. algorithmic reverb technology in the same package. Here users have complete control over parameters such as tail delay, room size, ambience, density and color. A.I.R. gives users intimate control over their reverb sound, anything from subtle adjustments to creating surreal spaces.

WizooVerb W2 allows users to choose between HDIR and A.I.R. technologies separately for early reflections and reverb tail. For the ultimate realism, one might choose an HDIR model for the early reflections and fine-tune the reverb tail with the malleable algorithmic parameters offered by A.I.R. Of course, that's just one permutation. The combination of HDIR, IR and A.I.R. makes WizooVerb W2 one of the most flexible reverbs ever developed. Its depth, density and spaciousness equal or outclass any hardware or software reverb available.

While the HDIR models are truly stunning, WizooVerb W2 can also import standard IR files from third parties or created by users that have IR capture software. This provides access to a huge library of existing acoustic spaces from around the world. Moreover, WizooVerb W2 can solve two common problems that plague many IR signals by trimming silence before the first impulse and removing the direct signal. As with HDIR, you can easily shape the imported IR spaces using a graphic envelope control.

Despite its sophistication, WizooVerb W2 is extremely simple to use. Users can start by choosing any of the 100 presets, either by name or category. Several common controls are presented on the front panel for instant access to the most important parameters like size, pre-delay and time, as well as two user-defined parameters. Users can also change HDIR rooms, import and edit standard IR envelopes and tweak the A.I.R. parameters. A formidable 4-band master EQ is also provided. The result is a product that ranges in use from great off-the-shelf presets all the way to sophisticated sound design.

WizooVerb W2 works on both Windows and Mac platforms and can operate in stand-alone or host mode. It supports VST 2.0 (Win/Mac), RTAS (Win/Mac), and Audio Units (Mac) for compatibility with most popular software. Minimum system requirements for PC are Windows XP; Pentium III 1GHz; 512MB RAM; 56MB free hard disk space. Minimum requirements for Macintosh are OS 10.3.8; Power Macintosh G4 1GHz (G5 recommended); 512MB RAM; 68MB free hard disk space. Both platforms require a DVD-ROM drive for installation and Internet connection (via any computer) for software activation.

"By combining the best in sound quality and control, WizooVerb W2 represents a new paradigm in reverb technology," says Adam Castillo, marketing director at M-Audio. "It gives you everything from presets of the greatest spaces in the world to designing your own unique ambient environments. If you're going to invest in one full-featured reverb, WizooVerb W2 gives you incredible creative options, sound quality and value that you can't get anywhere else."

WizooVerb W2 is currently shipping and carries an MSRP of $249.95 USD. M-Audio is the exclusive worldwide distributor for the product.

For more information, visit www.m-audio.com.