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My conversations with the nefarious person code-named "DeepThroat"
updated 12/20/99

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From a user who will be identified only as "Jane" to protect the hard of hearing.

             the electric sink
             Mon, 20 Dec 1999 11:31:15 -0800

thanks, as always, for the swift response: Synclavier VS EMU.
It was about six years ago when i bought my first Synclavier system
that I spoke to Griff Mcree @ the AES convention,  (this was
around the time that Synclavier was offering shares in the company)
to owners).
His advice was: "Don't purchase Synclavier sampling upgrades"
"Buy a third party sampler and connect via MIDI"

Now, with the advent of the EMU Ultra, perhaps that time has come.

thanks a million

CU in the millenium

>What does XPL stand for (Subset of Pascal?).
> Brandon

"PL" started out simply to represent "Programming Language".  It went 
through various improvements usually designated by such things as PL/1, 
etc.  Incidentally, PL/1 predated Pascal.  When it was overhauled to be a 
powerful modular thing capable of multi-function real time applications, 
rather than short spew-out-a-table-of-numbers type programs, It took on 
the X to mean something like "Xtra-special Programming Language".  It was 
widely used in Academic Institutions (including Dartmouth) when NED came 
into existence and established their own "Scientific XPL".  When NED went down it was XPL-7.  Recently all sorts of "C" constructs have been added to it.  You can write XPL programs now that look much more like C than like 
classic XPL.

Most of what I just told you is hearsay and may not be accurate.

Aren't you more curious why the Able is called the Able.  (I've seen it 
spelled "Abel" in very old documentation.)  I used to like to think 
"because it's 'Able' to do things." 
- DeepThroat

>Probably just a typo.
> Brandon

I'm not so sure.  Seems to me there was a Mathematician named Abel.  I 
had surmised that they were following the tradition of naming things 
after the early Computer Science pioneers (ala Pascal).  I've often 
thought that the "Able" spelling was a misspelling that became defacto 
correct because of the overwhelming use by those ignorant of the origin.
- DeepThroat