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  • Products of Interest

Audiotools Direct-to-Disk Recording Software

Audiotools is a direct-to-disk recording application that allows the user to record from microphone input, compact discs, miniDiscs, devices such as LP and cassette players, as well as directly from audio and MIDI playing on the user's computer. The program could also be used to record streaming audio from the Internet.

Audiotools can process a range of audio files including WAV, OGG, WMA, MP2, MP3, AU, and AIFF. Multiple files can be merged and batch processing is possible. Large audio files can be recorded directly to disk, the size being dependent on the format and operating system size limits. WAV files, for example, can be up to 2 GB. Eight-bit to 24-bit audio is supported at 6 kHz to 96 kHz sampling rates, in both mono and stereo formats.

A number of supporting features for dealing with audio recordings are included. Automatic and manual controls are available for dividing files and real-time recordings into individual tracks. A visual editor for removing pops and clicks is also included. A set of plug-ins is available for processing audio. These include gain, metering, noise reduction, noise gating, sample rate conversion, and peak limiting.

The Audiotools interface can be customized using skins. VBScript and JavaScript can be used for creating scripting instructions, and DirectX plug-in support is provided. Wizards and tutorials are available for step-by-step help on recording and processing.

Audiotools will work under most Windows operating systems. Windows Media Player 9 or later is needed if WMA/WMV audio files are to be used with the application.

A trial version of the software can be downloaded from the product Web site. Audiotools retails at US$ 25. Contact: Andrew Fish, 9 Petersgate Close, Long Eaton, Nottingham NG10 4DF, UK; electronic mail; Web

Mystik Media Blaze MediaConvert

Mystik Media is a company that specialize in audio, image, and video conversion software applications. Blaze MediaConvert is a Windows batch converter that supports image, audio, video, and animation formats. More than 90 file formats in total are supported by the application.

Audio conversions are possible between CD, MP3, WMA, WAV, and OGG formats. CDs can be created using these audio formats and the CD converter has a number of additional features such as CDDB auto-save. The CD Recorder component features advanced buffering, disk caching, and the ability to write files to CD from network locations. IDE and SCSI CD drives are supported.

AVI, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, FLIC, and multi-page TIFF video formats are supported by Blaze MediaConvert. A useful Video Constructor allows images to be converted to frames of a video, and a Video Decompiler breaks videos up into single image files, on a frame-by-frame basis. A large range of image formats are supported by the application. The common formats—BMP, GIF, IFF, JPG, PCT (Microsoft PICT drawing), PSD (Adobe Photoshop), SGI, and TIFF—are available, along with an extended list that caters for more application-specific formats like AutoCAD Binary (DWF), Kodax FlashPix (FPX), and Hewlett Packard Graphics (HPGL). Animated GIFs can be created from AVI or MPEG video, and animations can be converted to video.

A full list of supported formats is listed on the product Web site. The interface for the application features an easy to use drag-and-drop interface.

Mystik Media also offers an image-only batch conversion application, AutoImager, which supports over 70 image formats. An audio-only batch converter called AudioCommander supports over 20 audio file formats, and non-batch converters are also available from the company.

Version 3 of Blaze MediaConvert is available for running under the following Windows operating systems: 98 SE, ME, 2000, and XP. The file size of the application is around 9 MB.

Blaze MediaConvert is listed for US$ 40. Contact: Mystik Media, 296 Captain Beam Boulevard, Hampstead, North California 28443, USA; telephone (+1) 800-819-7430; fax (+1) 775-924-4436; electronic mail; Web or

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