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Subject: 
          Praise the Clav and those that worship It!
    Date: 
          Fri, 24 Dec 1999 00:00:30 EST
   From: 
          VISTACHILD
      To: 
          brandon@yakingcat.com

    Very cool site with lots of info that should be known by all synclaholics.
We are a rare breed and you did us proud, especially the part about the thing 
becoming a work horse.  That is so so true.  I always wondered why I liked 
the PSV voices the most.  I think I paid 15 bucks a piece for em from some 
guy in Vermont who said he had enough parts to sink a battleship!  Shhhh... 
Dont tell Brian!

    To own one is to love one, to learn its paculiar habits, to learn how to 
wrestle out a card from the sticky back plane, to question if sunspots make 
it crash, to be humbled that the FBI and Scientology use one, to bask in the 
spendor of fattnes unending, to discover yet another feature only the 
Syncla-Elite know, to pass on the torch to those bright eyed interns that 
become weak at the knees when you show them one of the old vintage binder 
synclav manuals, to savor every momment the time that the rest of the world 
spends stringing togeather a racket of a-la-carte modules that sound like 
plastic, to rejoice that you are pulling as much juice as a sub zero full 
size fridge, to wonder why on earth no other companies aren't knocking off 
that keyboard with all the pretty lights, to understand YOU ARE one of a rare 
breed of humans that venture to toil beyond the ordinary jap crap and lay 
your claim to the fact of the box IS the fattest damn sounding sampler on the 
planet!
    Indeed, to know it is to love it!  We have been blessed.  Amen!

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Subject: 
          Re: Synclavier Site Newsletter #9
    Date: 
          Sun, 19 Dec 1999 11:37:40 -0500
   From: 
          "Paul P. Soucek"
      To: 
          brandon@yakingcat.com

Brandon,

You have a wonderful and informative site, and should be proud of gathering
such a miasma of raw data into a "pleasant to experience" form.

And what's this about "I hope all your Synclaviers are still alive and
kicking into the next year"?!?!?

Try the NEXT CENTURY, pal!

Hope you have a wonderful holiday and joyful, peaceful and prosperous new
century.

Paul P. Soucek

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Subject: 
             Re: TERMPWR
       Date: 
             Tue, 07 Dec 1999 06:59:30 +0100
       From: 
             drdave
         To: 
             brandon@yakingcat.com

Drool !
I am a Synthesyst as well from the old days of patch pannels, and have a
version of the Synclavier Sound library (Alas for my Samplecell on an 8100
not much of a comparison!)

I have DREAMED of having a synclavier to play with since first hearing of
them many many years ago :)
Your feedback means much to me indeed! Thankyou for taking the time to let
me know what worked.

I really appreciate the feedback - I really am glad that the info has
helped others!
On the termpower at +7....
This is Bad !
Suggest unplugging each powered "case" one at a time and checking the
supply voltage.
If +5 and + 12 are OK then someplace they pulled power from 12V instead of
5 for termpower (oops)
(IE You need to isolate the device putting out the 7 volts)
Let me know if this helps // Keep me on the tech resource list!

:)

Thanks Again !
Dave Green
drdave@radix.net
http://www.idbdnet.com/infotech/scsisolved.html

Multimedia, Studio and Systems Support Mac IBM NT Linux u name it!
www.compnetdoc.com serving the Washington DC / Baltimore area (Referals
Appreciated!)

Brandon Amison wrote:

> This is in reference to using a Macintosh computer connected to a
> Synclavier Digital Music System.  A giant computer tower manufactured
> primarily in the Eighties to compose music and create sound.  Using an
> archaic and buggy program on the Mac called S/Link, this allows users to
> transfer sound files over SCSI from the Synclavier to their Mac platform
> for further editing.  Look at the hell I have gone through!!!!!
>
> http://www.yakingcat.com/yaking/html/wsnSLNK.html
>
> P.S.  When I measured the TERMPWR of my PowerMac 9600/350 Kansas, it
> yielded +7!!!!  What the heck is up with this?!?!?  Any ideas?!?!?
>
> And there ARE speed differences and less crashing using your method....
> --
> Brandon Amison
> Yaking Cat Music Studios
> Synclavier Assistance
> Music for Television and Film
> http://www.yakingcat.com/yaking/
> THE source of Synclavier information

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Subject: 
          membership
    Date: 
          Wed, 24 Nov 1999 05:15:30 -0500
   From: 
          sydney alonso
      To: 
          brandon@yakingcat.com

very inner-est-(sting).....
where do i sign?

cameron's "notes" are a gas...

sydney

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Subject:
         from Pat Metheny
    Date:
         Wednesday, August 25, 1999 7:27 AM
   From:
          Pat Methaney
        To:
          brandon@yakingcat.com

hi brandon,

our webmaster sent me some of your recent postings on the newsgroup regarding the synclav guitar system.  i just took a look at your site - and it looks great, wow, the synclav lives!!

good luck with what you are doing....

best from pat m

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Subject: 
          SYNCLAVIER PAGE
    Date: 
          Tue, 20 Jul 1999 00:31:52 -0500
   From: 
          Luis Gaspar Crespo
      To: 
          brandon@yakingcat.com
 

Hello
One world:
EXCELLENT!!!!
your page is absolutely EXCELLENT!! I can not believe the amount of info
about the Master Jedi of all synths the Synclavier!!. 

Gaspar Crespo

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Subject: 
               Re: Nice site
         Date: 
               Fri, 04 Jun 1999 11:44:52 -0400
        From: 
               Greg Holmes
 Organization: 
               GH Services
           To: 
               Brandon Amison
 

Brandon, 

 Thanks for contacting me and thanks for your positive comments! Of 
 course I immediately went to your site, since I have been looking 
 for Synclavier info myself. Quite a lot of pages for a new site! 
 It looks like you have quite a burst of energy so keep it up. :-) 

 Let's keep in touch. 

 --  
 Greg Holmes 
 http://www.ghservices.com/
 http://www.ghservices.com/gregh/fairligh/ (Fairlight CMI) 

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Subject: 
          Re: synclavs
    Date: 
          Fri, 14 May 1999 04:14:36 +0930
   From: 
          Geoffrey Peters
      To: 
          brandon@yakingcat.com
 

> Hope this helps.  Come visit my site.  It is the largest repository of
> Synclavier information. Download some Synclavier music.  Learn various
> "tricks".  Buy a machine and get cracking!

<Blasphemous expletive deleted>!! That is a *nice* site, my friend.

I've been a Synclav fan since Tristram Cary let me play with the (now
deceased and dismembered :( ) Synclav at the Elder Conservatorium (in my
home city, Adelaide Australia) back in '83. I had a centre-spread advert
of the Syn from an old ish of 'Keyboard' up on my bedroom wall :-) I
bought any soundtrack vinyl that used it heavily (Wargames, Blue
Thunder, 2010). I've always wanted one, and when I get rich enough one
day I *will* have one, even if music ends up being neurally generated
:-)

Beautiful machines. <sigh!> :-)
 

Geoffrey

-- 
.sig-free and pr - oh bugger ...

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Subject: 
          Re: become a member
    Date: 
          Sat, 8 May 1999 22:37:00 +0300
   From: 
          "Gil Feldman"
      To: 
          "Brandon Amison"
 

hi there Brandon

thanks for the quick answer.
its so good to know place like this is running on the net.
you have a great site.
you can count me in for this thing.
for the sound library, it would be great to know I can get sounds for the system.

as for my "OTHER SYNCLAVIER FRIENDS" I'm the only one in Israel.
so as I said you can count on my membership.

thanks a lot 
Gil Feldman 

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Subject: 
          Nice website!
    Date: 
          Fri, 23 Apr 1999 15:36:28 EDT
   From: 
          SMEEGTRAKS@aol.com
      To: 
          brandon@yakingcat.com
 

Hey Brandon,

I just checked out "Mitch's page". It looks good. I have been reading the 
Tips and tricks page, you have gathered quite a bit of good info, keep it up!

C-ya

Mitch Marcoulier

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Subject: 
               Re: DTD PCI card
         Date: 
               Wed, 21 Apr 1999 06:35:52 +0200
        From: 
               Claude Fuchs
 Organization: 
               FOX digital
           To: 
               Brandon Amison
 

Hi Brandon 
 

You seem to be THE cool guy next to Mitch. My personal support - experiences with the Rolls Royce of the Systems 
is not really what i expected....but then who cares when i have access to people like you. 
I got more info from you and Mitch in a very friendly way than from DEMAS and especially from the 
Synclavier dude in London....i guess Steve Hills is his name. They don't seem to care when your name is not 
Sting, Jacko or whatever. Again thank you and i will contact either you or Mitch about EVERYTHING which is related 
to the Synclav. 

Take care 

Claude (Greetings from the Swiss Alps:)) 

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Subject:
             SynclaSpasm
       Date:
             Mon, 12 Apr 1999 11:46:23 -0800
       From:
             jane
         To:
             Brandon Amison
 

Spam is a vegetable
it keeps you regular
it's real good for you
 

keep it comin
i need all the synclaspam i can get

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Subject:
             Re:
       Date:
            Wed, 07 Apr 1999 14:08:18 +0000
       From:
             Brandon Amison
         To:
             Paul Bertone
 

Paul Bertone wrote:

   ...I did a bunch of internet searches on keywords
   like "synclav", "synclavier", "sale", etc. After wading through about a
   million irrelevent pages, I think I found a few leads {for used systems}.

{These have been posted in theClassifieds}

   I'm including an HTML text file I typed up, it's a little article from
   Keyboard magazine (10/92) describing the breakup of NED. I don't know if
   that interests you or not.

   I also dug through some old magazines and found
   a cool 2-page NED ad for the Synclavier II, in which they advertise their
   guitar interface, the stereo option, sample-to-disk, and an optional ebony
   keyboard. I'll try to scan it in my lab and send it to you.

{Thanks to all who have contributed!  I enjoy reading my Email and making new "pages" for all my user-submitted material.}

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Author:
            Michael Pierry
Date:
            1999/03/15
Forum:
             alt.fan.frank-zappa
 

Damn!  You could easily record a whole album with the Synclavier and
pass it off as a "real" rock band.  That is some cool sh-t.

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Subject:
             Re: New Synclavier Web Site
       Date:
             Tue, 04 Jan 2000 01:14:40 +0000
       From:
             Bob Mithoff
         To:
             Brandon Amison
 

Brandon -

Hi there.  Wow - what a great thing you have done.  Thanks.  Don't know how you found the time (took me a week just to get around to opening it!).

Anyhow - glad you did this.  Synclav and DTD are still the best sounding boxes around.  Incredible.  It's 10 year old tech that sounds better than "the latest and greatest."  My motto for New England Dig
was "Sounds like a million bucks - costs only half."  But it's true.  Still the best thing around, and it's about time we had a site.

Thanks again.  Stay in touch.

:)
Bob Mithoff

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Subject:
          synclav users unite!
    Date:
          Thu, 04 Mar 1999 17:38:31 -0600
   From:
          Peter Buffett
      To:
          brandon@yakingcat.com
 

    It's great to have a connection to users (especially when you're
in Milwaukee). I'll check in often.

Peter Buffett

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Subject:
             Re: Synclavier fixed?
       Date:
             Mon, 01 Mar 1999 10:28:36 -0800
       From:
             jane
         To:
             Brandon Amison
 

Your synclavier site is the answer to my prayers, a dream come true,
something i have wanted and waited years.

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Subject:
               Re: Synclavier Site (Improved!)
         Date:
               Sat, 27 Feb 1999 14:43:08 -0700
        From:
               Richard Hurwitz
 Organization:
               Red-Lips Music, Inc.
           To:
               Brandon Amison
 

Hi, Brandon,

Your website is a knockout and one I'm sure I'll visit often.

Thanks

Richard

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Subject:
          Re: New Synclavier Web Site
    Date:
          Sun, 21 Feb 1999 17:48:37 +0100
   From:
          Malte Rogacki
      To:
          Brandon Amison
 

Hi Brandon;

I already noticed it and had a look around there. It's great stuff! I've
learned already many things unknown to me before.
Of course I usually only have to do with very old machines (FM only most of
the time) so the D-to-D things and everything are beyond my knowledge. I
was toying with the idea of getting up a similar site for awhile (mostly
dedicated to the very old models) but so far haven't done anything. On the
other side it's probably much better to have everything in one place. I
tried to compile a card listing of all cards I have come across so far; of
course it's far from being complete.

Regards,

--
Malte Rogacki

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Subject:
          Re: New Synclavier Web Site
    Date:
          Fri, 19 Feb 1999 11:52:05 -0800
   From:
          Bob Rice
      To:
          Brandon Amison
 

Brandon,

...I have a lot of respect
for the work that you did to compile all of the great Synclav info on your
site. While I haven't really had to program one in quite a few years due to
the influx of midi based solutions, I miss it like an old friend. I worked
on it for a number of years during college when it was the Synclavier II.
It ran on Rev E. software when I first learned it. I eventually became
hooked and ended up working for nearly 5 years for Frank Zappa at his home
studio in Los Angeles.
By the time I left Zappas, his system grew to 32 poly 32 FM and 32 RAM. I
used to do a lot of resynthesis and timbre frame construction, as well as
massive sampling of course.
Anyway, great work on the site. I'll come back and look at some more of it
when I get some time.

best,
Bob Rice
Los Angeles, CA

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Subject:
          Re: New Synclavier Web Site
    Date:
          Mon, 15 Feb 1999 22:52:59 -0400
   From:
          Alan Talbot
      To:
          Brandon Amison
 

Wow, cool site! It is pretty spooky to see this stuff on the Web, I have to tell you. There was even a picture in there I had never seen (Jon on the riverbank)!
 

Alan Talbot
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Alan Talbot                               Graphire Corporation
                                                 44 Harvest Lane
+1-802-296-2515                     PO Box 838
mailto:info@graphire.com        Wilder, VT 05088-0838
http://www.graphire.com          USA
----------------------------------------------------------

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Subject:
          Your site
    Date:
          Sun, 14 Feb 1999 04:34:13 -0700
   From:
          Todd Yvega
      To:
          "Brandon Amison"
 

What?  No porn???

Very impressive and ambitious.

Some of the events in the history are out of chronological order.  I did
see lots of little bits of info that were not quite complete or out of
date, but I'm nowhere near ambitious enough to take on listing them.  Not
these days.  Anyway your initial effort sure beats a stick in the eye!

Let me know when it's official if you'd like me to mention it in the next
"Dear Synclafriends" update.

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Subject:
          Re: New Synclavier Web Site
    Date:
          Sat, 13 Feb 1999 15:22:00 -0600
   From:
          "David Wolf"
      To:
          "Brandon Amison"
 

Brandon: Great to hear from you! I'm very glad you emailed me. Sorry we lost touch. we're back in Dallas now and I've built a new small studio to
produce my own work. I'll check the site out and let's definitely keep in touch. What are you doing with all of the Synclav's???

Regards
David Bernard Wolf
Crywolf Music, Inc.
LA/CO,LLC


 
 

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