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Soundware SceneBy Daniel Fisher, Director of Soundware Engineering

   This year, Spring started blossoming here in Ft. Wayne as far back as early March (thanks, El Nino!). Exciting things have also been blooming here at Sweetwater with unprecedented levels of growth, sales and new products. One example is our Soundware Development Facility, which is now forging dealer relationships for overseas distribution of our award winning CD-ROM libraries. Many of these distributors, as well as some of our newest employees, were introduced to Sweetwater at our booth during the most recent NAMM Show in Los Angeles (see photo below).

   Winter NAMM went so well that we've decided to double our show space for the upcoming Summer NAMM in Nashville (July 10, 11 and 12). If you will be in Daniel Fisher at Winter NAMM '98the Nashville area then, please make sure to stop by and say hi. (If you don't have access to the NAMM Show, call us and we'll schedule a time to meet with you.)

   This Spring is also personally exciting for me, as my first full-length publication for Keyboard Magazine is finally out. If you happen to own a Kurzweil or are considering joining the "VAST ranks" (a smart move) you'll want to make sure to get the May '98 Issue of Keyboard and check out the K2000/K2500 Hot Tips article.

   The May Issue is actually a perfect barometer of Sweetwater's growth. You can find the word "Sweetwater" scattered 44 times throughout this issue in articles, sidebars, ads and listings (Waldo bets you can't find all 44!). There's also bunch of Kurzweil downloads and more text to be found at "keyboardmag.com".

   In other developments, Soundware is pleased to announce a new format for our Young Chang Stereo Grand Piano for the K2000/K2500. After the glowing review it received in the December '97 issue of Electronic Musician ("The Young Chang tone is superb, the mono compatibility is very good, crossfades between velocity strikes are smooth, and the timbre is uniform across the entire keyboard…") we were swamped with calls for both the Grand Piano CD-ROM, as well as the floppy versions.

   Due to the large number of floppies needed to hold the 16 meg Stereo Piano we've decided to make life easier and put it on its own "mini" CD-ROM. As a bonus, we've also decided to include the 13 meg stereo version as well as the 8 meg mono version of our Young Chang Virtual Grand. If you bought these three floppy sets separately, it would cost you $227, but for a limited time we will offer this disc for only $99! To fill out the space, we've also included demos of our entire library as well as the complete 1998 Product Directory in PDF format. Ask your Sales Engineer for more details.

   Well, that's all for now — it's time to get back to work. See you next issue. Keep makin' music!

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