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Offline orb85750

Amiga Zorro II/III hardware music synthesizer card?
« on: November 19, 2011, 03:14:36 AM »
I seem to remember there being some Amiga Zorro II/III hardware music synthesizer card -- not a sampler, but a digital or analog synth engine on an expansion card.  Or perhaps I'm just remembering a past dream of mine?  Anyone know whether such a card exists?
« Last Edit: November 19, 2011, 04:51:07 AM by orb85750 »
 

Offline TheGoose

Re: Amiga Zorro II/III hardware music synthesizer card?
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2011, 04:14:12 AM »
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Offline omnicron10

Re: Amiga Zorro II/III hardware music synthesizer card?
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2011, 05:06:25 AM »
One Stop Music Shop

The One Stop Music Shop is a full length Zorro II audio card. It is not actually a true sound card designed for general purpose audio but is a sound sythesiser. It uses an E-MU Proteus Sound Engine.

Connections

2 x RCA Jacks
1 x MIDI Port

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Offline commodorejohn

Re: Amiga Zorro II/III hardware music synthesizer card?
« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2011, 06:07:00 AM »
Sounds like the E-MU Proteus is just a wavetable synthesizer anyway, just with ROM samples. Hardly any different from hooking a separate device (MT-32 or the like) into a MIDI adapter.
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Offline omnicron10

Re: Amiga Zorro II/III hardware music synthesizer card?
« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2011, 03:55:25 PM »
I guess it has some filters and LFO as well. I remember seeing it back in the day.  Sounded nice.  I preferred my protracker modules.
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Offline orb85750

Re: Amiga Zorro II/III hardware music synthesizer card?
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2012, 10:15:26 PM »
Quote from: commodorejohn;668418
Sounds like the E-MU Proteus is just a wavetable synthesizer anyway, just with ROM samples. Hardly any different from hooking a separate device (MT-32 or the like) into a MIDI adapter.


Not sure I understand your sentiment here.  You could also easily
say something is "just" a sampler, or "just" an analog synth, or
"just" an FM synthesizer.  What type of ground-breaking Zorro
synthesis board should one expect?
 

Offline commodorejohn

Re: Amiga Zorro II/III hardware music synthesizer card?
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2012, 11:47:11 PM »
I dunno. I'd give a pass to a wavetable board with programmable sounds, but I've never been impressed by ROM-based wavetable synths (at least none I've heard in a computer) - probably it's just that I'm soured on it by a lot of crappy wavetable MIDI setups from the late '90s. I'd be more interested in an FM or analog waveforms & filters synthesizer; I've always found that to be a much more interesting way to create sound.
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