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Subject: 
          Synclavier Site Newsletter #10
    Date: 
          Mon, 17 Jan 2000 14:47:53 +0000

Good day to all of you!

   The first issue of _SynclavierUnderground_ has been completed and it looks terrific!  All who have ordered this free magazine should be checking your mailboxes next week.

   Don't know what _SynclavierUnderground_ is?  It is a magazine published by Yaking Cat Music Studios that covers everything from music sub-culture to professional industry related news.  Not to mention a healthy dose of Synclavier user tips, music reviews and humor.  Nothing is being held back.  And we have contributors who take time out of their professional schedules to get things off their chests (it is about time...)

   I'm truly excited that most subscribers are overseas(!).  However, as much as I LOVE paper, the shipping costs might be too prohibitive for me.  What would you think if all American/Canadian subscribers actually received a mailing and everyone overseas received a .pdf format (Adobe Acrobat compatible)?  That way you can print it out yourself pretty much exactly the way we see it over here (fonts not withstanding).  Adobe Acrobat is a nifty way most manufacturers have been publishing their user manuals.  It is a great attempt for a universal publishing format.  Please let me know.

  If you have wanted to subscribe but are afraid to have your mail box cluttered (all you reclusive superstar types), you can receive the issue via email.  Remember, all names are held in confidence.

   We welcome user submissions and comments.
  
   P.S.  I will be at NAMM as many of you will.  You can pick up a magazine then and maybe we could meet face to face.

-- 
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: 
          Synclavier Site Newsletter #9
    Date: 
          Sat, 18 Dec 1999 18:45:41 +0000

     I just wanted to drop a line and tell everyone how much I
appreciate your support.  The phone calls, the email, the words of
encouragement; it is a pleasure to be part of the Synclavier community.

     "Thank you" to all those who have contributed information and
pictures to the site.  Also, I appreciate your business.  More work came
in (music and/or Synclavier assistance) because of this site and because
of YOU!  Believe me, this was an unexpected but wonderful return.  It
makes me very happy to know that many of you rely on my site and check
in often.

  I hope all your Synclaviers are still alive and kicking into the next
year.

--
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: 
          Synclavier Site Newsletter #8
    Date: 
          Sat, 25 Sep 1999 13:49:30 +0000

    Well, it has been a LONG time since my last newsletter.  But do I
have some EXCITING news!

    Cameron Jones, one of the original founders of New England Digital
has formed Synclavier Digital Corporation.  He now owns ALL the rights
to the Synclavier software and the Synclavier trademark.  This is a
POSITIVE step forward, folks!  Cameron is a super-talented programmer
and there is so much planned for the Synclavier it is unbelievable!  The
Synclavier is truly making that ultimate transition from Tower to
PowerMAC.

    Even better, Cameron has emailed me LOADS of information about the
Synclavier's history from concept to today.  There are also several PDF
files to view.  By all means, take advantage of this unprecedented
event.  Visit my site and learn.  You can't miss the link on the main
page!

--
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: 
          Synclavier Site Newsletter #7
    Date: 
          Tue, 08 Jun 1999 09:16:35 +0000

    I can't believe there are 80 pages.  Thank you for all your
questions, suggestions and ideas.

    Thank you for all your initial memberships. A "Member's Section"
will arrive shortly.

    Airworks has graciously allowed me to maintain S/Link (a batch audio
transfer program) on my site.  There is a seperate version for PPC or
68k.  The manual is also available to download.  GET YOUR MAC TALKING TO
YOUR SYNCLAVIER & DIRECT TO DISK.  This is the only way to get sounds to
and from the Synclavier environment.  Transfer your cues from the Direct
to Disk right into your ProTools.  The best of both worlds!  You will
find this at "Software Downloads".

    The "Hacking" link is finally up.  Learn about some undocumented
features of the Synclavier.  Or see how I tested the fidelity of my
3200/6400 (includes screen shots).  There are detailed instructions to
read.

    There are several new links "The Big One", "BUGS", "Cable Diagrams",
"Failed Products", "From The Rumor Mill", "Keyboard Models", "Links",
"Media", "PowerPC", "SynclaWisdom", and "The Hard Drive Page".

    This all happened in 2 1/2 weeks!  Whew!  It is ALL about time...

    I am writing a book about the history of New England Digital.  What
I am looking for is an opportunity to interview any past or present
owner/user.  This could happen via Email or taped phone/live interview.
You can have your name listed or retain anonymity.  Doesn't matter.
This is an opportunity for everyone to speak out and relate their
favorite stories.  I don't have a publisher backing me up.  This is my
project.  I would however like to distribute a PDF version on my site
and hopefully through a publisher that handles obscure but interesting
texts (remember MixBooks?).

    Thanks for your time.  Have a great day.

    Brandon Amison
    Yaking Cat Music Studios
    and Synclavier Information
    http://www.yakingcat.com/yaking/
    THE source of Synclavier information

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Subject:
          Synclavier Site Newsletter #6
    Date:
          Tue, 27 Apr 1999

   Although this site has remained free, I have reached capacity on my Personal Web Space with Earthlink (6 meg) and have found that to keep giving you all this information, I need to upgrade my site.

The cost to upgrade my site to handle a larger volume of disk space and traffic is about $1000.

Also,  several hours a day are required to maintain the site and program all the new pages  So here is my plan:

I want to form a Member's Only section called "Club NED" (just like the old days).  At $5 a month (payable yearly), you would have access to VERY specialized information such as service bulletins, internal cable routing diagrams, private newsletters, etc.  The "Tips and Tricks" section would still be remain as public access.  Most Emails would be answered Gratis unless they were requesting serious technical information.  I can answer technical questions by phone, day or night, for a flat $40 service charge.  I can also Fax information to those without instant Internet access.  If you need a Synclavier assistant or "Ghost", that is also available.  There is also the possibility of me OFFICIALLY selling various Synclavier libraries INCLUDING BRAND NEW ONES THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD!!!  I need to know how many people are interested. This service would involve a lot more money and effort from both myself and the sound developers.  These are already recorded, private collections.

As you have noticed, all questions are answered very quickly and updates to my site happen on a daily basis.   PLEASE EMAIL ME BACK AND LET ME KNOW IF THIS IS THE KIND OF SERVICE YOU APPRECIATE.  TELL YOUR OTHER SYNCLAVIER FRIENDS.

The fees would be as follows: $15.00 per technical bulletin.  $5.00 per month (paid yearly) for Member's Only access.  $40 for 24 hour technical help.  Etc.  There are a maximum of 300 Synclavier users around the world.  That is a lot of users to support for free.  I already have about 75 names on my mailing list alone!

I appreciate your support.  Thank you.

Brandon Amison
Yaking Cat Music Studios
and Synclavier Information
http://www.yakingcat.com/yaking/

THE source of Synclavier Information

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    Thank you for keeping the Synclavier site such an active part of your lives.  There are a lot of exciting new web
pages that have been added (current total:  33 of my own pages + 13 links to other related sites).

    I have received several user submissions.  They all get used in one fashion or another.  Some users write in
wondering if I'm interested in new pictures, articles or information they have found from late night web
wanderings...  KEEP SENDING IT IN!  I thank you very much for your efforts.  You will always get a credit or
quite possibly your own web page!

    This site is the antithesis of the common web page:  MY SITE HAS CONTENT!  This is in large part to all the
user submissions and questions.  If you want a change, have an idea or want to chat, send me an Email.  I look
forward to reading my Email.

    That's it.  Keep your "User Profiles" coming.  Have a nice day.

    If you feel like I am spamming you, just say so.  As you can hopefully see, I am not making "as much as one
thin dime" with this site.  This site is YOUR free Synclavier-support community.

Brandon Amison
Yaking Cat Music Studios
and Synclavier Information
http://www.yakingcat.com/yaking/

THE source of Synclavier information

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Free Synclavier User Profiles

 Right now on my Synclavier web site is a page dedicated to user profiles.  Indiviuals and companies can submit a *brief* biography about what they are doing with their Synclavier/PostPro/DtoD.  It can be your own personal album, a television series, or some cool room you built around your 9600.

 This is *FREE*.  It is for all to see.  I get "hits" from users in Germany, Australia, Switzerland and all over the U.S.  If you have your own "site" or "page" include that address as well; I will put a link in for you.  Or your Email...

 Many of the Synclavier users are distinguished composers, songwriters and facility owners.  Some are just musicians with a deep love for the Synclavier.  Whatever the case, no one will be turned down.

 All I ask is that you might consider putting in a link to my site.  If you don't want to that's o.k.  No pressure.  Nice idea, eh?

 Also, if you have any stories, ideas or suggestions please Email them to me.  I will be more than happy to build a new page to "house" them.  I read and reply to ALL my Email.

 If you are looking for a long lost "Syncla-brother", Email me.  I will contact that person and ask if they wish to have their Email address sent to you.

 Have a great day!

Brandon Amison
Yaking Cat Music Studios
and Synclavier Information
http://www.yakingcat.com/yaking/

THE source of Synclavier information

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Re:  Synclavier Site (Improved!)

 I just wanted to drop everyone a line and say "Thank you".  I have had lots of kind words and support.  As you probably have noticed, the site constantly keeps getting modified.  There have been numerous requests and suggestions.  As a result, I have just finished a new "streamlined" site.  It loads *MUCH* faster and is better organized.

 If you were logging on while the site was being worked on, my apologies.  Most of the site was programmed BY HAND.  The only way I could see the results was to upload the site and browse it myself.   I now have a basic format that will make everyone's lives easier.

 If you feel you are getting "spammed" by me, just reply to this message and type "remove" in the subject box.
 

Brandon Amison
Yaking Cat Music Studios
and Synclavier Information
http://www.yakingcat.com/yaking/

THE source of Synclavier information

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 I have created a web site for Synclavier information.  It is for owners and "newbies".  It really isn't for my ego, just
a place for "Synclavier people" to hang out. There is a Q&A section, Tips and Tricks, Classifieds, Newsletters,
Products, Technical Information, XPL programming; about 25 links total!!!  The site has been up for two weeks and I
have been getting almost 100 hits a day.

    It is time for owners of Synclaviers and PostPros to have a repository to turn to for information about their
systems.  Although we are all on our "own little islands", we can now have our own "Syncla-digs".

Thank you, enjoy and please make suggestions.  Usually someone's suggestion leads to a new page!

Brandon Amison
Yaking Cat Music Studios
and Synclavier Information
http://www.yakingcat.com/yaking/

THE source of Synclavier information

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I have created a web site for Synclavier information.  It is for newcomers
and for other owners.  It really isn't for my ego, just a place for
Synclavier dudes to hang out. I can answer technical questions, give info,
list machines for sale, etc.  *HOPE YOU DON'T MIND ME POSTING THIS HERE*  I
figure I should just divert my Synclavier ramblings to the proper forum.
Thank you!

Brandon Amison
Yaking Cat Music Studios
and Synclavier Information
http://www.yakingcat.com/yaking/

THE source of Synclavier information


 

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