CEntrance has released the Ideal Driver (Win; $39.95) for FireWire audio interfaces. According to CEntrance, the Ideal Driver features high stability and less latency, and it is compatible with ASIO2, GSIF2, and MIDI applications. It supports sample rates of 44.1 through 192 kHz at 16- or 24-bit resolution.
Cycling '74 has released Max/MSP v. 4.6 and Jitter v. 1.6, updates that add Universal Binary support for Intel-based Macs. Max is a graphical programming environment that allows you to map incoming data to create programs, and MSP extends Max's capabilities by using connected audio objects to create patches. Jitter is a collection of video, matrix, and 3D graphic objects for Max. You can download the free updates at Cycling '74's Web site.
Moog Music is shipping the Little Phatty ($1,475), an analog synthesizer that features a 100% analog signal path, 100 user editable presets, and a 37-note keyboard with +/-2 octave transpose.
Sonic Studio is shipping soundBlade (Mac OS X; $1,495), new editing software that offers AU and VST plug-in support, EFM and four-point editing capabilities, the SSE real time audio engine, and optional accelerated DSP processing.