Los Altos-based Seer Systems debuts SeerMusicÃ‚Â® tomorrow at the National Association of Music Merchants convention in Los Angles. The new technology provides a solution for delivering high quality streaming music via the Internet.
Streaming is the ability to initiate playback while a musical file is still downloading. According to Fred Malouf, SeerMusic product manager, current Internet music delivery systems that offer streaming capability have compromised audio quality due to limited bandwidth and intense compression. By building on Seer System's RealityÃ‚Â® synthesizer software, SeerMusic can achieve excellent sound quality even at low connection speeds.
Malouf said SeerMusic leaves Seer Systems "poised to deliver a professional-quality authorizing tool so that virtually anyone will be able to make his or her music available on the Internet.
"The Internet has provided people a way to get their music out there that's not expensive," he said. "We view it as another music distribution method."
Malouf referred to the Internet Underground Music Archive in Santa Cruz as one site offering alternate music distribution.
Seer System's Reality software is receiving double honors from Electronic Musician magazine. The full-featured synthesizer designed for real-time performance received a 1998 Editors' Choice Award.
Reality also earned the highest rating for a synthesizer or software application in the history of Electronic Musician's five-point rating system. Reality can play all current synthesizer methods and load over 1,300 sounds at a time, according to product manager Ted Henderson. It overcomes other software systems' problems of inability to play in real time, in more than one synthesizer method or to edit sounds, he said.
The software, which lists at $495, changes how composers compose music, Henderson said. There's no need to write out the notes, assemble the instruments and musicians. "The sequencer memorizes a mini-performance and plays it back while I write the next mini-performance," he said. And the full screen computer monitor is much larger than the .5-inch by 2-inch screen available on earlier technology.
Seer Systems has eight staff members at its Los Altos headquarters, 301 S. San Antonio Road. But Reality was designed and implemented by engineers across the United States as well.
David Roach, Seer's vice president of operations, calls it "a prime example of 'distributed development.'" Software design has no restrictions on location, he said. "This enables us to take our pick from the cream of the crop of music and audio software engineers."
Founded in 1992, Seer System states its mission as being "the world leader in developing software music synthesis solutions for professional and consumer applications."
For more information call 947-1915 or browse the website at www.seersystems.com.