M-Audio, a manufacturer and distributor of hardware and software for computer-centric musicians, is announced the beta release of the industry’s first 64-bit drivers, named Audio64, for pro audio applications. The new Audio64 drivers, developed for the AMD Opteron™ processor, will be available for M-Audio’s renowned Delta and FireWire Series audio interfaces, making them fully compatible with the forthcoming Microsoft® Windows® XP64-bit Edition and Longhorn operating systems, in addition to the current set of operating systems.
“At M-Audio, we are committed to staying ahead and forging new directions in the field of music technology,” says marketing director Adam Castillo. “64-bit drivers are just the next step in offering our users even more power and flexibility. M-Audio was the first company to release audio drivers for Mac OS X, and the first to bring USB MIDI to the Mac and PC markets when that bus was introduced.”
AMD64 technology with Direct Connect Architecture and support for simultaneous 32-bit and 64-bit computing provides the ideal platform for handling the demanding task of low-latency digital multitrack recording. Direct Connect Architecture helps eliminate the bottlenecks inherent in a front-side bus and instead directly connects the memory controllers and the I/O to the central processor units, improving overall system performance and efficiency. 64-bit systems can process a larger number of real-time digital audio streams with low CPU overhead. In addition to 64-bit applications, AMD64 technology supports today's 32-bit applications natively, as well.
"By virtue of announcing 64-bit driver support for their FireWire products, it is clear that M-Audio is a leader in PC-based pro audio," says Charlie Boswell, marketing director for AMD's Digital Media & Entertainment group. "The AMD Opteron processor-based platform is quickly becoming the first choice of the audio professional because it delivers superior 32-bit performance while providing revolutionary native 64-bit processing power and scalability. The availability of M-Audio’s AMD64 drivers signal the 64-bit PC-audio revolution has begun.”