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Let's talk about the future - I have posted 2012 updates for InterChangeX and SynclavierX which are described below. These two updates are compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard"), Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") and Mac OS X 10.8 ("Mountain Lion"). Both 32-bit and a 64-bit kernels are supported. Prior releases for earlier operating systems and for PowerPC computers are still available on their respective pages.

But, with the release of Mac OS X 10.8 "Mountain Lion", Apple as formally deprecated the QuickDraw graphics environment. This is bad news for the SynclavierX and TermulatorX applications, but it is catastrophic news for InterChangeX. InterChangeX is built upon Metrowerks PowerPlant framework which was originally created for Mac OS 9. It is a massive body of code and it is not feasible to re-implement all of PowerPlant for the new Mac OSs. No PowerPlant, no InterChangeX.

So, is there life for SynclavierX beyond InterChangeX? If not, then I'll go back to farming. But I am not going to give up quite that easily. I have begun converting SynclavierX and TermulatorX to use the modern Cocoa framework. I'm not sure I wanted to spend this portion of my life learning yet another framework, not to mention another computer language (Objective-C). But I have taken the plunge in that direction and I expect to have something to show by year's end.

But here is where I need your help - all of you - former N.E.D. customers, employees and well-wishers alike. I have to turn SynclavierX into a saleable product that has a larger potential customer base than just the original Synclavier® users. I hope to accomplish that expanding SynclavierX to actually recreate the sounds of the original Synclavier® system. This can be done by digitally modeling the original FM and Poly Sampling voice cards under the control of the SynclavierX Application. I have everything I need to do that except for possibly the time and the patience.

But the new application will have to be cross-platfrom Mac and Windows. The nitty-gritty software is written in straight C and C++ so it will be easy enough to port to other platforms. But I have no experience developing the user interface portion of Windows applications. I need someone to point me in the direction of a sample application and development environment that is appropriate to the task, or, better yet, put together a demo application that launches and opens a few windows on a modern Windows machine. Email me if you would like to help out in this way.

For existing customers, I am thinking of adding the ability to follow MIDI Timecode to SynclavierX (it currently generates MIDI Timecode, but cannot receive it). I will do this if there is sufficient interest and some new software sales that may result. Email me if are interested in this feature.

And, lastly, join my Facebook page if you want to stay up to date on progress. Email me if you want to add content to that page.

Cameron Jones, August 2012.


2012 Software Releases
TermulatorX InterChangeX SynclavierX
Terminal Emulation
Utility
File Management
and Conversion Utility
Synclavier® Emulation
Software
TermulatorX Version 5.2.4 for Mac OS X This Mac OS-X native application supports the full Retrographics VT-640/Pericom MG600 graphics command set and connects to a Synclavier® Digital Audio System via a USB serial port and cable. Requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 ("Snow Leopard") or later; compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 and 10.8. Built for Intel Macintoshes only. Visit our TermulatorX Page for instant download, activation and prior versions. Free demo; license is US $50.00.
InterChangeX 2.5.9 for Mac OS X The InterChangeX File Management Utility provides access to Synclavier® disk image files, sound files, patches and timbre files stored on the Macintosh. This 2012 version fully supports 8 GB image files, legacy Synclavier® SCSI hard drives, and interfaces directly to SynclavierX. It also includes a command line utility called AbleDiskTool that will convert Synclavier® sound files into Macintosh-native AIFF format; a log file suitable for indexing can be created during the conversion. Requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 ("Snow Leopard") or later; compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 and 10.8. Built for Intel Macintoshes only. Visit our InterChangeX Page for details, instant download, activation and prior versions. Free demo (demo does not include AbleDiskTool); license is US $50.00.
SynclavierX 5.2.4 for Mac OS X The SynclavierX Synclavier® Emulation Environment uses a custom PCI card to control actual Synclavier® voice cards and memory. This port to Mac OS X includes most of the features of Synclavier® PowerPC™ (OS 9) but does not include EditView, MIDINet, AutoConform or TransferMation. Now includes a full-featured OS X Core MIDI driver and the ability to import or export a Synclavier® sequence from or to a MIDI file.. Third party PCI-X to PCI bridge or PCI (3.3V) to PCI (5V) bridge required for G5 and Intel Macintoshes. Requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 ("Snow Leopard") or later; compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 and 10.8. Built for Intel Macintoshes only. Read the details on our SynclavierX Page. Instant download and activation. Prior versions available for PowerPC Macintoshes and earlier Mac OSs. Free demo; license is US $250.00.

PCI-1 Hardware Interface
The PCI-1 interface card can be used with the latest Intel-based computers from Apple by using a PCI Expansion System available from Magma. Their CB1H Half Length 1 Slot PCI Expansion System is fully compatible with the PCI-1 interface card. The PCI Expansion System connects with your Macintosh using a host card appropriate for your computer model - either their SUBEC34 ExpressCard/34 (in the case of a MacBook Pro) or their SUBPEHIFX1-CB PCI Express host card (in the case of a Mac Pro desktop unit). Learn about the Magma Expansion Systems directly from Magma. Note - be sure to use the latest SynclavierX release in this configuration!

Hardware Support
For questions or support regarding legacy Synclavier® hardware, please use the contact information below to contact your Synclavier® technician of choice. Synclavier Digital is not able to provide any support relating to original Synclavier® hardware.

Software Support
Limited email support for any Synclavier Digital software product is available for licensed users by purchasing an email technical support incident appropriate to the product from our Kagi on-line store. I generally try to provide 24-hour turnaround for email technical support incidents. Please include the incident number in the subject of your email so that your email gets through my spam filter. The support email address is techsupport .at. synclavier.com.

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