Musikmesse 08: E-MU announces Emulator X3 software sampler

E-MU is hoping to build on the popularity of Emulator X2.
E-MU is hoping to build on the popularity of Emulator X2.

E-MU was a king in the world of hardware sampling, and with the release of the Emulator X3, it´s aiming to strengthen its position in the software sampling sphere.

This third version of Emulator X comes in 32- and 64-bit versions and is built around the latest 24-bit/192kHz iteration of the Xtream engine. This promises to improve performance by balancing the processing load across all available resources (multiple cores, for example).

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Other new features in the software include the Region Xplode Beat Slicer - which can extract MIDI files from audio drum parts - and the Tempo Map Export. Using this, we´re assured that you can easily sync a rhythm track to a song that has a variable tempo.

Elsewhere, there´s the Xtractor, which is said to enable you to cut or boost levels in a mix (based on stereo position and frequency). There´s also the Translator Convertor, which enables you to import content in a wide range of sample formats into Emulator X3.

Shipping with a 3.3GB sound library, Emulator X3 will be available in March 2008 priced at $500/€500/£350. Sadly, it´s still PC-only, though Vista support is in place and the good news is that you no longer need to run a piece of E-MU hardware as a dongle.

Get the full lowdown on the E-MU website.