Seattle, WA - May 22nd, 2007 - CEntrance, a leader in professional audio
technology, announced on the opening day of the 2007 Microsoft Audio Music
Partner (AMP) Summit that its USB and 1394 audio drivers, which aggregate
hardware devices, are now available for Windows Vista. With this new release,
CEntrance improves upon its device aggregation technology by enabling
consumers to connect 1394 and USB audio interfaces at the same time and
use them together, offering an unprecedented level of signal routing flexibility
on the Windows platform. The new CEntrance aggregating drivers continue
to offer proven low latency and crash-proof reliability, and are already
compatible with the majority of 1394 and USB chips on the market
The CEntrance audio driver engine is in use in major studios, production
and theater companies around the world. It is compatible with ASIO2, GSIF2,
and has been road-tested with a variety of pro audio applications, such
as Cubase, Sonar, Sound Forge, and GigaStudio. The product supports all
standard resolutions and bit depths, and features round-trip audio latency
of just under 6 ms, for 1394 and USB.
While consumers will clearly benefit from this technology via an improved
user experience, OEMs will feel the largest impact of this announcement.
Using a single driver engine simplifies the technology roadmap for a device
manufacturer, who can now offer one Windows driver for the entire product
line. The need to support existing products will no longer come at the
expense of innovation. Manufacturers can quickly embrace new chips and
technologies without fear of losing compatibility with existing products.
"New 1394 and USB chips constantly enter the market," explained
Michael Goodman, Managing Director of CEntrance. "Staying on the
cutting edge often means making a tough choice between new interface technology
and an existing platform. CEntrance solved this dilemma by creating OEM
drivers that are future-proof and compatible with an entire product line.
One driver for all products - this is how CEntrance saves money in New
"Audio and video production situations often require more inputs
and outputs than what comes built in to a laptop or desktop PC,"
said Dan Moore, business development manager for the Developer & Platform
Evangelism Group at Microsoft Corp. "We are excited about new technologies
that enhance the capabilities of USB and 1394 devices, thereby increasing
the PC's usefulness in these situations and providing a better overall
user experience for our customers."
About CEntrance, Inc.
Founded in 2000, CEntrance designs, licenses, and brings to market differentiated
audio and entertainment products. CEntrance is well known for its co-development
work with pro-audio industry leaders such as Alesis, Harman, Mackie, and
Zoom. The company's holistic, customer-focused approach blends product
strategy, design, innovation, and outsourcing coordination. CEntrance
is headquartered near Chicago with offices across the globe. For more
information, visit www.CEntrance.com or call 847-581-0500.