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Re: Emu Emulator II 5.25/3.25 Drives & Floppies.

Post by scope4live » Fri Oct 17, 2008 11:51 am

You must score the FDD called Fairlight Moods. It is still an incredible sound.
To get ones attention back then to hear something titles like Synclavier and Fairlight were often used.
This was a reversed Layer of synths which is still classic sound IMO.
I have been out of the scene for years since STS5000's and Gigastudio came along, but a guy from Oregon had a shop called Northern Sounds ( not the over censored, socialist forum ) and he made some excellent samples back then.

Good Luck w/ 5.25's. :D
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Re: Emu Emulator II 5.25/3.25 Drives & Floppies.

Post by JMP » Fri Oct 17, 2008 6:14 pm

scope4live wrote:You must score the FDD called Fairlight Moods. It is still an incredible sound.
You recall which library this was from? i.e. Emu, OMI CD's or Northstar?
Good Luck w/ 5.25's. :D
I have some that are 24 years old still working on my Yamaha QX-1.
Well my spare wasn't compatible after all. Bought it before I was wise to the exact Teac model required. Decided to hold off on the 3.5 inch drive for now pending setting up a Mac/Sound Designer connection. Just awaiting the cable and software then it's fingers crossed. :)

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Re: Emu Emulator II 5.25/3.25 Drives & Floppies.

Post by scope4live » Fri Oct 17, 2008 10:36 pm

Yes it was Northstar.
I swapped w/ an FM radio jock from the Bay who steered me to NS.
If you ever heard Disrted Reality I & II it is from that vein, but this sound has no equal and I have never figured out what it was yet, but it starts off with a slow envelope and is reverse looped. Truly beautiful.
I can only assume it was a Prophet VS, or a Waldorf Wave. Synths, sparkles, buzzy drippy filter stuff. The Kind. 8)
It actually sold quite a few EII's at Skip's Music in Sacremento back in the day.

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Re: Emu Emulator II Drives, Floppies & Sound Designer.

Post by madtheory » Mon Nov 03, 2008 10:05 pm

Looks like there's a little misunderstanding going on- a new program called SD4 has been invented! I think you guys mean SD for EII?

No bigggie, but it just confused the h**l out of JMP and me over the weekend! :)

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Re: Emu Emulator II Drives, Floppies & Sound Designer.

Post by micromoog » Tue Nov 04, 2008 4:15 pm

yes, SD for EII ..or.. SD4EII

works absolutly fine...

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Re: Emu Emulator II Drives, Floppies & Sound Designer.

Post by JMP » Tue Nov 04, 2008 5:43 pm

micromoog wrote:works absolutly fine...
For some ! :? Several days of getting my head round it and soundbank file transfers from PC to Mac and now I still can't communicate with my EII. Have now posted in the EII Users Yahoo forum for help on this aspect. A special thanks to madtheory for all his assistance to date, cheers pal.

BTW the SD4E2 threw me for a while too, thinking there was a version 4 I needed..... sigh. Please account for thicko newbies ! :)

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Re: Emu Emulator II 5.25/3.25 Drives & Floppies.

Post by JMP » Mon Nov 17, 2008 11:24 pm

scope4live wrote:You must score the FDD called Fairlight Moods. It is still an incredible sound.
Ah yes, just spotted this in the Northstar Library Synthesiser library:

http://www.northstarsamples.com/EIIFloppies.html

...as I understand this made up the OMI 3 CD library , I may well have it on the Emulator Archive's CD. Unfortunately, banks are just numbered rather than having bank names so will plough through till I hopefully find it. :D

After many days of tinkering, I now have success with Sound Designer and the EII using a Mac Colour Classic and Apple SCSI CD ROM. There's some amazing sounds for the EII in the EMU, Burmer, OMI etc. libraries.

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Re: Emu Emulator II Drives, Floppies & Sound Designer.

Post by Push-Pull » Mon Dec 01, 2008 7:37 pm

Hello guys !

I'm an EII user from Switzerland.
(and sorry for my poor english...)

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As you can see, I'v got the OMI CD-ROM player with two CDs of sounds. But there's no compatibility... I've duplicated those two CDs with a software called Blindwrite.

And now I try to run SD4EII.
It communicate well with the E-mu, but as soon as the Mac LCII is connected, I've got an horrible hum/noise in my speakers.
Seems known to anyone ?
The making of my modular... (ok it's in french, but the pictures are easy to understand !)

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Re: Emu Emulator II Drives, Floppies & Sound Designer.

Post by JMP » Mon Dec 01, 2008 8:54 pm

Push-Pull wrote:Hello guys !

I'm an EII user from Switzerland.
(and sorry for my poor english...)

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It's worth repeating... that's a very nice looking setup there. :)
And now I try to run SD4EII.
It communicate well with the E-mu, but as soon as the Mac LCII is connected, I've got an horrible hum/noise in my speakers.
Seems known to anyone ?
Think I saw you post this problem in the Yahoo EII forum...? Sorry, can't help you with that.... :?

It took three different Macs and a Powerbook before I got one that worked well and had adequate disk storage; The Mac Colour Classic. I also got a Mac SE to work fine but the Hard disk was only 20MB and didn't get any SCSI devices to mount. For how much these things cost (when you can find them) maybe try an old Mac Classic or SE...?

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Re: Emu Emulator II Drives, Floppies & Sound Designer.

Post by Henfield » Tue Dec 23, 2008 6:57 am

I am looking at buying an E II+ HD. Besides Northstar, are there any other sources for samples? Are there any good Mellotron samples available?

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Re: Emu Emulator II Drives, Floppies & Sound Designer.

Post by JMP » Tue Dec 23, 2008 10:21 am

There's an EII + HD for sale in UK with floppy library for £580 (Ex Simple Minds kit). Not sure they'd ship over the water though.

If and when you get an EII, if you sort a compatible Mac to use with Sound Designer, Emulator Archives supply an EII sample library CD with their connection cable, here:

http://www.emulatorarchive.com/Store/store.html

This includes Mellotron samples.

If you just want 5.25" floppies, then Ebay is your best bet. I also posted in the wanted section of classifieds ads and managed to obtain a library of about 70 sample floppies.

Good luck, they're great machines.

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Re: Emu Emulator II Drives, Floppies & Sound Designer.

Post by Henfield » Mon Dec 29, 2008 7:04 pm

I have located an EII +HD for sale, but the current owner does not know much about it. It comes with one floppy (fretless basses, I am a bass player, so I really would need other sounds!), and he is unsure about the whether the Hard drive works or whether there are sounds on the hard drive. How would you test the hard drive? How do you load sounds from the hard drive and play them? How can you see the contents of the hard drive?

Also, what is the capacity of the internal sequencer? Can it be looped? How do you store sequences?

Thank you in advance for your patience with me.

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Re: Emu Emulator II Drives, Floppies & Sound Designer.

Post by JMP » Mon Dec 29, 2008 9:39 pm

Mine doesn't have the hard drive but see your PM.

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Re: Emu Emulator II Drives, Floppies & Sound Designer.

Post by HideawayStudio » Sun Jan 11, 2009 1:18 pm

If it were me I'd be very tempted to remove the 5.25" drives and store them somewhere safe and then replace them using a black faced 5.25 to 3.5" converter bay and a suitable 3.5" DSDD floppy drive - maybe a Panasonic JU-364?? The only reason being that double density 3.5" disks are far more stable long term, and due to the retro Amiga and ST fraternity still easy to obtain.

See: http://www.emulatorarchive.com/Samplers ... loppy.html

It -IS- also possible to use a modern 3.5" PC floppy drive in EII - it does not have to be some antiquated left over from an old computer - for those who are interested I will write up how this is done as, rather like the Mirage, there is a lot of nonsense talked about having to use specific drives in these models. The trick is in modifying the cabling, not so much the drive.
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