M-Audio Announces Worldwide Release of Wizoo's WizooVerb W5

M-Audio, a leading provider of creative tools for computer-centric musicians, is proud to announce the availability of the new WizooVerb W5. Created by acclaimed software developer Wizoo Sound Design GmbH, WizooVerb W5 takes the amazing realism and creative flexibility of the WizooVerb W2 true stereo room emulator to the realm of full 5.1 surround sound.

Like the WizooVerb W2, the WizooVerb W5 breaks the mold by allowing users to freely combine the authenticity of exclusive HDIR impulse-based reverb with the flexibility of Wizoo's A.I.R. algorithmic reverb.

Exclusive to WizooVerb products, HDIR (High-Definition Impulse Response) refines the IR method of room modeling, greatly improving the resulting reverb quality. WizooVerb W5 includes full 5.1 surround sound source models from 25 world-class recording and performance venues around the world. These include Ambience, Basement, Booth, Cathedral Brick Wall, Cathedral Dome, Chamber Large, Chamber Medium, Chamber Small, Church Concrete, Church Wood, Concert Hall, Dance Club, Drum Booth, Drum Room, Forest Site, Opera, Orchestral Hall, Philharmonic Hall, Room Medium, Room Small, Scoring Stage, Stage, Studio Large, Studio Small, Swimming Pool. A built-in graphic envelope control makes it easy to further sculpt these spaces.

WizooVerb W5 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 W5 allows users to choose between HDIR and A.I.R. technologies separately for early reflections and reverb tail. For the ultimate in 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 W5 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 W5 can also import standard IR files from third parties. This provides access to a huge library of existing acoustic spaces from around the world. Moreover, WizooVerb W5 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 W5 is extremely simple to use. Users can start by choosing any of the 150 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. Unlike WizooVerb W2, the package also features surround effects including delay and gate. The result is a product that ranges in use from great off-the-shelf presets all the way to sophisticated sound design.

WizooVerb W5 works on both Windows and Mac platforms and can operate in standalone or host mode. It supports VST 2.0 (Win/Mac) for compatibility with most popular software. Minimum system requirements for PC are Windows XP; Pentium IV 1.3 GHz; 512MB RAM; 100MB free hard disk space. Minimum requirements for Macintosh are Mac OS X 10.3.8; Power Macintosh G4 1.42 GHz (G5 recommended); 512MB RAM; 100MB free hard disk space. Both platforms require a DVD-ROM drive for installation, 5.1 surround-compatible audio hardware and Internet connection (via any computer) for software activation.

"Everyone who has heard WizooVerb W5 is completely blown away," says Adam Castillo, marketing director at M-Audio. "The groundbreaking combination of proprietary HDIR and A.I.R. technologies first introduced in the true stereo WizooVerb W2 has already brought new levels of realism, sound quality and creative control to musicians, engineers and sound designers. WizooVerb W5 brings this technology to the realm of 5.1 surround sound, making it a room emulator without rival in hardware or software."

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