New from BASF is a CD-R master featuring a hardened ceramic coating for extra safety in storing information. The ceramic layer works with the transparent protective layer to deliver stable protection across the layer; a silver reflective coating adds reflectivity, and a new organic dye minimizes errors and extends life. Visit www. emtec-usa.com...The latest E-mu/Ensoniq (www.emu-ensoniq.com) announcements: E-mu has signed an agreement with Bitheadz Inc. (www.bitheadz.com) to collaborate on a Mac-based synthesizer. E-mu will provide the hardware, and Bitheadz will provide the software. Also, WaveFrame (www.waveframe.com) announced plans to integrate the E-mu Post Card into the WaveFrame 408-Plus system and the forthcoming WaveFrame 7.0 as a sampling engine...Muscle Fish (www. musclefish.com) announced plans to introduce SoundFisher, an end-user audio database management application. Built for sound designers, editors and librarians, the package lets users catalog, play, search and retrieve sound file collections. In addition, Sound Fisher can analyze sound file attributes for extraction, searches and storage. Release is scheduled for this quarter...Novation recently released the Version 3 operating system for the Supernova synthesizer. This free software upgrade features 18 effect configurations, a real-time Morph parameter, an improved arpeggiator and enhanced MIDI control. Visit www.novationusa.com to download...Synchroloop, Guitar Center's first-ever exclusive sample CD, is a "rhythmic toolkit" containing thousands of pop, funk and rhythm lines and drum riffs in CD-audio form, and a .WAV version will be out soon. Available at your local GC at an introductory price of $69.99.