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Passport Designs & "Encore" Purchased
By Ron Yost

Hi friends!  Many people here use the notation program "Encore" by
Passport Designs.  Passport went bankrupt not long ago, but their
assets have been purchased by G-VOX Entertainment, so their products
will apparently survive in one form or another.  G-VOX is also
committed to supporting previous customers of Passport Designs.
(Whew!  :)

Further info can be found at the G-VOX website:

For those without web access, this is the 'statement' regarding the
situation from the G-VOX website:


  G-VOX Entertainment has acquired Passport Designs,
  Inc. of Foster City, CA. - one of the leading brand
  names in music software for amateurs and
  professionals. G-VOX acquired Passport in U.S.
  Bankruptcy Court against a rival bid submitted by Coda
  Music Technology, Inc., and the announcement of the
  acquisition was made July 31, 1998, by Nathaniel
  Weiss, President of G-VOX.

  The dynamic combination of G-VOX and Passport now
  positions G-VOX as one of the country's leading
  developers and manufacturers of music entertainment,
  composition, and education software. G-VOX plans to
  co-market Passport products alongside its existing
  G-VOX line and capitalize on the combined sales and
  marketing strength, in order to expand the
  distribution of both brands. Also, G-VOX plans to use
  Passport's proprietary music software engines to
  expand its own product line; and expand the level of
  interactive music composition, entertainment and
  education services it offers on its website.
  Passport's desktop music publishing products are some
  of the most widely used and well-respected in the
  industry, including Encore, Master Tracks Pro, and

  G-VOX plans to continue making the current Passport
  products available on an ongoing basis, and will
  reinstate tech support for Passport as soon as
  possible. G-VOX has every intention of continuing and
  supporting the Passport line, and expanding on it in
  future development. Please be patient while we restore
  the quality of Passport products and service to which
  you are accustomed. We'll keep you posted. If you'd
  like to be added to our mailing list and be kept
  abreast of future Passport developments, please send
  an e-mail to

Ron Yost

 [ I've used "Master Tracks" sequencer/editor by Passport Designs for
 [ over ten years, and I prefer it over Cakewalk for music roll files.
 [ I'm happy to hear that the products will be supported.  -- Robbie

(Message sent Wed 19 Aug 1998, 19:42:45 GMT, from time zone GMT-0700.)

Key Words in Subject:  Designs, Encore, Passport, Purchased

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