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'Spark to Peak' Promotion Extended Through August

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Thursday January 1, 2004

July 2, 2004

BIAS Inc. announced that the Spark to Peak spring cross-grade promotion
first launched at this year's Musikmesse, will be extended until August,
31st 2004.

In addition to offering many additional features and interface enhancements
including MP and Multithreaded processing, a flexible and streamlined brushed-metal
interface, support for VST and AU plug-ins, and powerful new processing tools
including ImpulseVerb, Sqweez Harmonic Rotate and more, Peak 4.1 now includes
Roxio's Jam 6 - the Redbook standard CD mastering software for Mac OS X - and
SFX Machine LT, a limited edition of the multi-effects sound design plug-in.
The inclusion of Jam 6 with Peak 4.1 creates a complete solution for stereo
recording, editing, processing, and mastering. The addition of SFX Machine
LT adds additional sound design features to Peak's robust DSP arsenal.

Peak and Jam Integration

Peak offers stereo audio editing and processing capabilities along with support
for most popular audio formats, including Jam Image. Customers can easily create
regions and playlists within Peak, then save them as Jam Images for easy burning
with Jam. In turn, Jam features the ability to launch Peak as an external audio
editor. This integration offers an easy and flexible workflow between both
applications. The addition of Jam to Peak enables users to include track indexes,
CD text, track names, ISRCs (International Standard Recording Code), and additional
information necessary for the production of commercial replication-ready CDs.
While Peak 4.1 supports direct CD burning - creating Redbook CD's that can
be played on any CD player - customers requiring full access to the Redbook
specification will appreciate the addition of Jam 6.

Peak for Sound Design - More DSP with SFX Machine LT

Peak 4 added loads of additional processing with features such as ImpulseVerb
- a convolution based reverb that includes over 250 MB of sampled room environments
ranging from exotic cathedrals and other spaces from various locations around
the world - Harmonic Rotate, Vbox SE multi-effects matrix, Sqweez compressor/limiter,
Freq 4 band paragraphic EQ, and 25 additional VST effects. In addition, Peak
4 added support for Audio Units, giving sound designers virtually unlimited
processing options. The addition of SFX Machine LT adds even more sound design
power by including 21 appropriately named presets such as Multi-Vox 3, RoboTalk,
BackwardsFragment 5, Jimi Echo, Triggered Wah+Dist, and more. A "Randomize" feature
is also included and customers may upgrade to the full edition of SFX Machine
at a discount by selecting the upgrade link within the plug-in. Combining SFX
Machine LT with Peak's already impressive DSP toolset will be a substantial
benefit to both serious sound designers and casual users alike.

Multi-threaded, G4 and G5 DSP Optimized, Multi-Processor Capable, Fully
Panther Compatible

Peak 4.1 is multi-threaded - meaning customers can take advantage of being
able to perform several tasks simultaneously such as opening and playing files
while processing others in the background. In addition, such processing is
super fast due to several DSP optimizations for the G4 and G5. Customers using
dual processor G4s and G5s will especially notice a significant performance

Pricing, Eligibility, and Availability

The regular edition of Peak 4.1 has a suggested retail price of $499 US. The "Spark
to Peak" cross-grade will be offered from now until August 31st through the
worldwide network of BIAS resellers and distributors for $299 US (excluding
VAT/Tax and shipping and handling). In order to register and unlock the product
past the 14 day registration period, Spark and Spark XL customers must send
in the cover of their user/installation guide along with their serial number
(instructions are included with the Peak 4.1 cross-grade package). Only Spark
and Spark XL customers qualify. Users of Spark ME, LE, Plus and other non-XL
or full Spark editions are ineligible - although they are encouraged to move
to the low-cost editions, Peak LE and Peak DV (or even the full edition of

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