US: Pro-audio's journey towards blanket compatibility with the latest Windows operating system, Vista, continues with new announcements from M-Audio and CEntrance, reports David Davies.
First up is M-Audio, which has confirmed plans to issue Vista drivers for a significant number of its products during the second quarter of 2007. Accordingly, the company expects to release 32-bit Vista drivers for all FireWire products; all currently available USB MIDI keyboards; Fast Track USB (pictured), Fast Track Pro, JamLab, MobilePre USB, Black Box and Transit USB interfaces; Conectiv and Xponent DJ interfaces; and the Revolution 5.1 PCI card.
CEntrance, meanwhile, has announced that its USB and 1394 audio drivers are now available for the latest Windows OS. Enabling consumers to connect 1394 and USB audio interfaces at the same time and use them together, the new CEntrance aggregating drivers offer low latency and "crash-proof reliability".
OEMs, says CEntrance, will "feel the largest impact" of this development, with the ability for device manufacturers to offer one Windows driver for an entire product line.
Michael Goodman, managing director of CEntrance, commented: "New 1394 and USB chips constantly enter the market. Staying on the cutting edge often means making a touch choice between new interface technology and an existing platform. CEntrance solved this dilemma by creating OEM drivers that are future-proof and compatible with an entire product line. One driver for all products - this is how CEntrance saves money in new product development."