alphaSyntauri info wanted

Discussion in 'comp.music.midi' started by DOC, Aug 3, 2003.

  1. DOC

    DOC Guest

    Hi,
    I have an old alphaSyntauri keyboard. It was originally designed to be used
    with an Apple II and uses a keyboard interface card.

    I would like to get this to work on a PC.

    Would anybody know if there is a PC card available?

    Failing that, any specs on the connector lines.

    Any help appreciated.

    Thanks,

    DOC
  2. Sven Golly

    Sven Golly Guest

    On Sun, 3 Aug 2003 13:32:24 -0400, "DOC" <doc@sympatico.ca> wrote:

    >Hi,
    >I have an old alphaSyntauri keyboard. It was originally designed to be used
    >with an Apple II and uses a keyboard interface card.


    I would recommend that you post this to one of the Apple II newsgroups
    (if you haven't already), as there are still a number of users there
    using this gear. You're more likely to get some help there than in a
    MIDI-specific NG (the aS is not a MIDI keyboard).

    If you can't get some useful info from there, try these links (found
    by typing "Apple II alphaSyntauri" into http://www.google.com/ :

    http://www.synthony.com/vintage/alphasyntauri.html

    http://www.harmony-central.com/Synth/Data/Syntauri/alphaSyntauri-01.html

    If you want to bite the bullet, you can get the manuals for this beast
    at:

    http://www.markglinsky.com/ManualManor.html

    For the record, the keyboard used a dedicated card that was made for
    the Apple II (perhaps //e?) that triggered sounds on hardware cards
    within the Apple. Included a 16-track sequencer, and various other
    add-ons. One claim to fame was it's use by Herbie Hancock, most
    notably on the hit single "Rockit".

    If you're trying to put something together and are looking to save
    money, you're definitely on the wrong path, IMO. However, if you're
    looking to have something that some would consider a collector's item,
    then you're cooking with gas! :^)

    Good luck, and have fun.

    Sven
  3. Sven Golly

    Sven Golly Guest

    On Sun, 3 Aug 2003 13:32:24 -0400, "DOC" <doc@sympatico.ca> wrote:

    >Thanks,
    >
    >DOC


    Sorry, just realized that I missed the main questions you asked while
    in my trip down memory lane. <grin>

    >I would like to get this to work on a PC.
    >Would anybody know if there is a PC card available?


    No, there isn't, but why would you want to go this route? If you want
    to get a real aS working, try to find an old Apple //e on eBay; much
    less headache that way.

    >Failing that, any specs on the connector lines.


    Again, just my opinion, but why not just buy a cheap MIDI card and an
    Evolution or Edirol keyboard controller to do the same thing (only
    much better)?

    >Any help appreciated.


    Well, not sure if you'll find any of the above helpful... but that's
    what I was going for. :^)

    Cheers,

    Sven

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