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To get the ball rolling, I would like to offer the following group project. It has to be a group, since I cannot program C++ for Windows (and proud of it).
As we all know, the main problem of being a Synergy owner (unless you are Wendy Carlos!!) is that of practical voice creation. If you have a II+ and the CP/M KayPro, you can sort of bang around. However, what about the 1000's of us (like me) model I owners?? Sure, we have all or some of the carts, but then what??
Here is my idea: I am going to design a cart that is the same size as the old ones. It plugs right into the slot like a regular cart. Via a modular jack, it connects to the serial port of the PC using a 4 wire phone cable. Host software, written for the PC, will be able to download into the cart. Using today's memory technology, getting 1000 voices in there is easy.
Once you download the voices, you click on "Write Cart DATA" and it gets transferred into FLASH memory. Now you can use the cart like any other. Except now, we have 3 little "thumbwheel" switches on the front of the cart that you "dial in" a virtual cart #. Eact virtual cart has a set of 24 voices.
I will gladly design the cart electronics and pc board. However, I need software help. I also need to know 2 things about the cart data: the format (ie how many bytes/voice) and to gather up all of the cart data, plus any custom voicing that are out there.
If you wish to participate in this little project, please email me at the address below.
Of course, you can do this with a laptop and a serial link, but that's rather expensive. Mono LCD panels can be had for $150.
Which reminds me to ask a question: how do you get the cover off?
As my family will attest, I have the musical ability of a gnat. So be it. Therefore, I am also interested in the musical aspects of the Synergy. I'd like to hear your opinions of the SOUND. How do you use it in your compositions? Does it sit in the corner, acting as a stand for your TB-303? Let's get a dialog going!