mcguire at neurotica.com
Thu Oct 1 11:21:59 CDT 2009
On Sep 30, 2009, at 6:10 PM, Steven Hirsch wrote:
>>> Being a vintage computer and synthesiser fan, I'd love
>>> to get a Fairlight CMI for restoration/care/actual use
>>> so if anyone has any Fairlight CMI model they would like
>>> to either sell or trade let me know. Can be EU or US.
>> Mmmmm, Fairlight.
>> Years ago (1988 or so?) my friend Mike in Delaware had a
>> Synclavier II. That thing was damn impressive. Sadly he no longer
>> has it. Unless I'm mistaken, there's a MicroVAX-II in there!
> There's been earlier discussion on this list, but short answer is
> that you are mistaken :-). The Synclavier was built around New
> England Digital's own bit-slice CPU originally developed for their
> ABEL minicomputer system. Probably based on AMD 29xx parts,
> although I do not know that for sure.
Really? I was actually pretty sure about that. I never saw the
innards of the machine myself, but I will happily stand corrected!
> A company I ran in the 80s did a lot of audio systems contracting
> work with NED and I recall seeing terminals all over the place that
> were logged on to the in-house ABEL system. I think they used it
> for inventory, billing, etc. All the support software was
> developed in the ABEL environment AFAIK.
I've gotta assume this is different from the ABEL PLD design
language. I've never heard of it, what is it?
Port Charlotte, FL
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