News: GDC: Turtle Beach® Announces the PX5 Advanced Sound Editor
Sound so close and real, you could need a new change of pants!
San Francisco, CA and Elmsford, NY, March 1, 2011– Turtle Beach(www.turtlebeach.com), the leader in premium gaming headsets, continues to revolutionize the category with the announcement of the PX5 Advanced Sound Editor software tool for the soon to launch PX5 Programmable Wireless Dolby Surround Sound headset(http://www.turtlebeach.com/PX5). With the introduction of the PX5 Advanced Sound Editor tool, developers can now create custom presets for the PX5. Visceral Games™ have been among the first to adopt the PX5 Advanced Sound Editor and will create several custom audio presets supporting their recently released hit title, Dead Space™ 2, for gamers to easily upload to their PX5 headsets.
The PX5 Advanced Sound Editor software was created with game developers in mind and allows game sound designers to create original, custom settings for the PX5 headset that can directly impact players’ in-game audio experience. It provides access to every parameter in the PX5’s internal Digital Signal Processor, allowing detailed control over the microphone, chat and game sound. These settings are saved as Presets which can be uploaded into the PX5 headset via the USB connection. The presets for mic, chat and game channels can be saved independently and combined into a master preset, allowing for different combinations. For example, each channel offers an adjustable multi-band EQ that allows developers to change the frequency response of the mic, chat or game sound depending on the game situation, while Sonic Lens™ technology brings the ability to focus on very specific audio cues, such as the quietest footsteps of an opponent amid chaos, or the roar of a racecar coming up fast from behind you.
The Dead Space 2 presets from Visceral Games, along with a variety of other custom presets, will soon be available through the Turtle Beach website as part of a PX5 headset owners’ area. This portal will include the software to enable easy downloading and installation of new presets to the PX5 headset. PX5 users will be able to access, share and discuss these custom-made presets to enhance their overall enjoyment of their favorite games and PX5 headset. In addition, the custom PX5 presets can also be made available via the games’ official and community sites.
“The PX5 Advanced Sound Editor is a unique tool that further enhances the already formidable PX5 headset, by offering a dynamic platform for game developers to further connect with fans and give them unique customized audio experiences far beyond what has previously been possible.” said Michael Arzt, VP of Marketing and Business Development at Turtle Beach. “The response from the development community has been incredible and we’re thrilled that Visceral Games is excited, and among the first shops to create for the PX5 community with their amazing custom presets for Dead Space 2.”
“Audio is a core component to the Dead Space experience and the PX5 really strengthens that,” said Steve Papoutsis, Executive Producer Dead Space 2. “After creating the custom presets, it helped amplify every subtle sound in the game so when I put on the headsets while playing Dead Space 2, I felt even more immersed in the horrific game world we created. After all, hearing is believing.”
In other words Jimmy, with this new sound editing technique, developers will make better ambitious sounds.. Because no one wants to play an online game and just hear footsteps!