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Audio Recording, Editing And Mixing Software For the IBM PC and compatibles

SAW Thru The Generations
SAWClassic, SAWPlus, SAWPlus32/SAW32/SAW32Lite, SAWPro

The following SAW product descriptions are actual promotional copy excerpts pulled from box covers and marketing flyers. Products are described below from the first SAW product ever released (SAWClassic) to the last SAW product before SAWStudio (SAWPRO).

©Copyright 1993 Bob Lentini

SAW is a professional production tool for manipulating and crafting audio on your PC computer using the Windows™ Operating System.

The SAW System allows you to record and edit 16 Bit Resolution CD and DAT quality SoundFiles at sampling frequencies up to 48KHz on your computer's hard drive with ease. The elegance of the Workshop's design offers unmatched efficiency in taking a project from conception to completion.

Can you splice on your DAT? No...It's back to the Reel to Reel for that, and oh, that tape hiss... and worse... the dreaded razor blade. SAW allows you to splice audio data Non-Destructively by building Play Sequences from marked Regions of data without modifying the original SoundFiles directly. SAW gives you the capability to perform your splices with Down-To-The-Sample accuracy. That's 1/48000 of a second at 48KHz Sampling rate.

Easily create multiple versions of a production and compare them instantly with the click of the mouse. All this is done without leaving the Digital Domain, which translates to higher quality, noise-free final products.

SAW creates the 8 tracks in Software and digitally combines them into a Stereo Output which plays through 1 Windows™ compatible sound card. Many industry leaders said the PC wasn't fast enough to support such a scheme, but SAW's extensive use of 386 32Bit-Register Assembly Language coding has made it possible.

SAW gives you 4 Stereo Tracks which can be overlaid and played back in RealTime, allowing you to Non-Destructively build productions that other Editors can't begin to tackle!

A 4-Channel OnScreen Mixer gives you Non-Destructive programmable mixing control down to Sample Accuracy.

With SAW you can Easily:

*Overlay Vocals On Music Beds
*Add Sound-Effects To Existing Productions
*Draw In Custom Cross fades From One Track To Another
*Assemble and Master Complete Album Projects. And do it all Non-Destructively!

Since SAW allows you to edit across 40 SoundFiles at once in the same editing session, you can mix and blend sounds from pre-categorized libraries or easily assemble that perfect solo from many different musical takes.

The MultiTrack View allows you to place and drag Regions of audio to any position within the production, relative to the other tracks. This means you can control musical phrasing long after the original recording has been made. This also means you can easily create delay and flanging effects by placing the same Regions on two different tracks and sliding one slightly behind the other, alI Non-Destructively.

Digital Pitch Shifting is usually a process whereby samples of the original Waveform are removed or duplicated to cause the pitch of the audio to be altered. A process whereby the original Waveform is so distorted as to render its use intolerable by anyone with the slightest degree of audio integrity. And a process which usually lakes so long to complete its task, that many have gone to lunch while waiting. If you are familiar with this experience, you are in for a treat with SAW!

SAW performs Vari-Pitching, to tenths of a semitone accuracy, without removing or duplicating any Waveform samples. This is done in 386 32Bit-Register Assembly Language so the results are incredibly fast and remarkable to listen to.

No Audio Glitches, Hiccups, or noticeable distortion, and you don't have to go to lunch while waiting!

©Copyright 1995 Bob Lentini

The Software Audio Workshop (SAW), one of the best values in professional hard disk editing and multi-track mixing systems for the PC, has gotten even better!

SAWPlus represents the next generation of digital hard disk editing software from Innovative Quality Software. Now the power of SAW's award-winning design has been enhanced to meet the needs of the most demanding audio professionals.

SAWPlus extends the power of the Software Audio Workshop to a maximum of sixteen (16) mono or stereo tracks of simultaneous, live playback on any Windows-compatible sound card(s) (a maximum of 32 tracks of real-time playback with no additional proprietary hardware required, depending solely on the speed of the computer system). It provides automatic live blending of different file formats (mono, stereo, 8-bit, 16-bit, etc.), live sample rate conversion and supports multiple, user-assignable, sound card outputs.

Each track has controls for level, mute, solo, pan, effects patching and output assignments. SAWPlus contains several software-based processing tools including a seven band "paragraphic" equalizer, noise gate, compressor, limiter, peak limiter and echo effects.

The stunning user interface is finely crafted, using realistic, 3-D graphics and features true "drag and drop" editing. The program has many new innovations that greatly enhance the already tremendous power of its predecessor. SAWPlus delivers power, speed, efficiency, and design elegance like no other editor to date... and best of all... it does it for a fraction of the cost you would expect to pay.

SAWPlus promises to be the digital audio workstation of choice for thousands of studios, broadcast facilities, theatres, corporate facilities, musicians, educational institutions, multimedia authors, video post production facilities and other audio professionals around the world!

©Copyright 1997 Bob Lentini

SAWPlus32 represents the third generation of digital hard disk editing software from Innovative Quality Software. Written in native NT/98/95 32 bit code, SAWPlus32 truly makes use of and takes advantage of the multithreaded technology of the Windows 32-bit API.

Now you can easily record and edit up to 32 mono or stereo tracks of 16-bit resolution CD and DAT-quality soundfiles directly on your computer's hard drive. SAWPlus32 supports up to 12 stereo sound cards, for a maximum of up to 24 physical inputs and outputs, and automatically converts 8 bit, 16 bit, mono or stereo files of any samplerate, playing them all seamlessly in sync REAL-TIME!! The elegance and speed of SAWPlus32's design offers amazing efficiency in taking a project from conception to completion.

Each track contains software controls for mute, solo, pan and fader with user definable fader slope values. These controls give non-destructive, real-time PROGRAMMABLE mixing control with down-to-the-sample accuracy. Easily set volume and pan offsets that work in addition to complex fades and pans, allowing you to adjust overall track levels without disturbing the details of your mix. Volume and pan information is displayed on the track so you can see, as well as hear, the mix changes!

Easily overlay vocals on music beds. Easily add sound effects to existing productions. Easily create custom cross fades from one track to another. Easily assemble and master complete album projects...perform fades and panning live during playback, recording every move for perfect reproduction. And do it all non-destructively!

SAWPlus32 offers real-time, non-destructive effects processing for many of the most common functions including EQ, compression, limiting, gating, echo/delay, reversing, vari-pitch and more. All effects processing can be played live in the MultiTrack!

©Copyright 1998 Bob Lentini

SAWPro - Software Audio Workshop for the Professional from Innovative Quality Software represents the Fourth Generation of the award-winning SAW software. SAWPro incorporates more power than ever with 24-bit/96 kHz record and playback capabilities, 99 levels of multiple undo, and support of DirectX and VST plug-ins, allowing you to now use your favorite third-party plug-ins LIVE in the SAW MultiTrack environment!

And NOW, exclusive to the SAWPro digital editing environment, experience the ultimate in true professional recording and editing technology with the amazing ability to use fx plug-ins that alter buffer sizes live in the MultiTrack! What does this mean for you? The incredible power to use optional plug-ins such as time compression, noise reduction, click removal, etc., without the need to render or preview first!

Mix and master an entire session in SAWPro, effectively replacing the entire console, patchbay, outboard effects gear, and all associated cables, hums and buzzes. SAWPro, hosted by a high-end Pentium II computer with a multi-channel optical sound card can deliver up to 24 channels of I/O with-full 24-bit resolution. SAWPro truly represents the complete digital tapeless solution! Record, overdub, and mix... SAWPro does it all, potentially saving you tens of thousands of dollars!

Whether your professional audio needs lie in theatre, radio, film, recording studios, audio for video, live sound, or multimedia productions, reward yourself with the tool that will turn your, creative visions into reality. Evolve into the next dimension of digital audio with SAWPro!

Meter Bridge
The MeterBridge plug-in enhances your SAW environment with beautiful visual displays of individual or multiple track playback volume reference meters. The meters can be assigned to any track, including output tracks, giving you a live/real-time LED or VU meter display of your multitrack session. The displays can be mixed (LED/VU), labeled, and positioned anywhere, and all information is retained with your EDL. Now you can easily see levels anywhere within your session by simply placing your MultiTrack cursor and playing back. Placing meters on the output track lets you easily adjust your output offset volume to keep your mix below clipping. Meters retain the highest margin hit during playback, even after playback ends, for a quick visual reference of your overall mix level.

SMPTE Machine
The Smpte Machine plug-in launches the SAW user into the world of SMPTE and MTC sync in a grand fashion! This module can generate phase accurate LTC SMPTEcode through any sound card audio output, in perfect sync with the sound card clock, no drift possible, with no additional MIDI or SMPTE hardware devices necessary. A multi-channel sound card guarantees perfect lock. It can also generate MTC MIDI code though any MIDI hardware port. It can also read LTC SMPTE code through any sound card audio input and trigger SAW Playback, Record or Simultaneous Record/Play operations within an average 30 sample accuracy on the Windows NT platform. This is less than one millisecond, which equates to less than 1/30 of a SMPTE frame. Again no additional MIDI devices are necessary!

Aux Send/Return
The Aux Send/Return plug-in adds some extra versatility to the SAW MultiTrack environment. Properly patched, it can create four Auxiliary Send controls and four Auxiliary Return controls within the MultiTrack environment. Multiple tracks of audio data can be sent in any proportion to one plug-in effects module (the Reverberator, for example), instead of individually patching the same effect on each track, minimizing the CPU processing load. You may also use the Send/Return module to truly emulate the Pre/Post function of a normal mixing console, or otherwise use it as a virtual mixing bus.

AVI Viewer
This product was designed by Hristo Doichev, assistant programmer to Bob, while employed at Innovative Quality Software.

The AVI Viewer plug-in makes sound editing to video a simple and affordable process in SAW. The AVI Viewer is assigned to a track of the MultiTrack through the FX Patch Builder window. The viewer will display multiple AVI video files to the computer screen without the need for any additional hardware, or to an external full screen video monitor with the use of specialized video capture boards. This video display is dynamically linked to the SAW MultiTrack environment and will track precisely with all MultiTrack cursor movements in any SMPTE mode, with sub-frame accuracy. As you move the MultiTrack cursor, the video display will chase accurately frame by frame or you may position the video with the viewer's scroll bars and the MultiTrack cursor will chase frame by frame. The link works both ways. Placing audio regions in exact sync with video becomes a simple procedure.

Studio Reverb
This product was designed by Hristo Doichev, assistant programmer to Bob, while employed at Innovative Quality Software.

The Studio Reverb algorithms used incorporate the same Comb/Allpass filter design found in many high quality rack mounted reverb devices, but the Studio Reverb takes this design to the max. You'll have up to 20 Comb Filters and 20 Allpass Filters, with Hi Frequency Diffusion control in each Comb Filter feedback path and a high quality sharp cutoff Bandpass Filter on the overall wet output, truly rivaling the more expensive rack devices in sonic quality!

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