San Francisco Company Releases Free, Open Source
version of Interactive MP3 Music Mixer
SAN FRANCISCO, April 12, 2001 -- Tactile Pictures has now released
version 2.1 of the Tactile12000, software to mix MP3 and other digital
audio files, as a free, open-source product. The Tactile12000 puts
a full set of DJ gear on the desktop it is a 3-D, fully interactive,
digital DJ setup two turntables and a mixer. You can play
back and mix music on your computer fade back and forth between
tracks, backspin and beat-match, or you can let the software do
it all for you.
The Tactile12000 design has been featured in interaction 2000:
Print's Digital Design Annual and the software has been downloaded
by nearly a quarter million users. The new version supports using
multiple sound cards on Windows computers. By plugging headphones
into the second sound card, you can cue an upcoming track while
another is playing over the main speakers. Every control, from the
crossfader to the pitch control to the tonearm, works like real
DJ equipment. The automatic mixing feature smoothly fades from each
song to the next.
"The Tactile12000 is the first cross-platform MP3 player software
that lets you mix MP3 files on your desktop using a visual interface
and the same controls as a professional DJ setup," said Derek
Chung, the designer and developer of the Tactile12000. "It's
free, and as an open-source project, users can customize the look
and feel of the software and add their own features to it. We hope
to see exciting new creations from our growing user community. We've
had a great response from users who have spun at parties and clubs
with just a laptop no crate of records."
The Tactile12000 is available now for both Windows 95/98/2000/ME/NT/XP
and Macintosh computers as a free download from http://www.tactile12000.com.
The source code is available through the Developers' link on the
About Tactile Pictures
Tactile Pictures (www.tactilepix.com)
is a six-year old San Francisco new media design and production
studio with expertise in graphic and interface design, as well as
software, web and multimedia development. Tactile Pictures has produced
numerous new media, print and software projects for diverse clients
including Apple Computer, NAATA, Macromedia, IDEO, MTV.com, MJuice
and OM Records. Tactile12000 designer Derek Chung publishes the
Late Train web site (www.latetrain.com),
a source for late night info in San Francisco, and is also a co-founder
of Urbanpixel (www.urbanpixel.com),
a revolutionary new user experience platform for the internet.
Contact: Derek Chung of Tactile Pictures, 415-431-8292; firstname.lastname@example.org.