Introducing Synclavier³
 Cameron Jones   Mitch Marcoulier 

What Is Synclavier³ - Mitch and I are teaming up to bring a new and exciting round of Synclavier® hardware and software to our very loyal customer base. The Synclavier³ Application for Mac OS X is a rewrite of the user-interface portion of SynclavierX using the latest and greatest Mac OS "Cocoa" framework. So it will work on future Mac OS's and it removes some of the limitations of earlier releases - such as the 9 GB hard drive size for example. Synclavier³ loads sound files directly from your Macintosh hard drive or network - no need to use "image files" or "optical disk images".

On the hardware side we have designed a replacement for the obsolete PCI-1 interface card that is based upon PCI Express, and is compatible with - hold your breath! - the latest Thunderbolt™ Macintoshes by using a Thunderbolt-to-PCI-Express adapter. We plan to make the software compatible with early Original Keyboard systems so that ORK customers with failing floppy drives can still use their system.

We hope to commission a production run of the new PCI Express card and adapter box during the first quarter of 2015. But we can only do so if there is sufficient interest within the customer community to justify the production expense. So if you are interested in taking advantage of this new hardware option you will need to place a 50% deposit on your purchase by December 31st.

Please read on for further information about these exciting new developments.

Cameron Jones
November 1, 2014

What is PCI Express
 PCI Express DIO Card 

PCI Express ("Peripheral Component Interconnect Express") is the modern standard for high-speed computer add-in cards. New Macs come with a "Thunderbolt" port that can communicate with external PCI Express cards that are installed in a Thunderbolt-to-PCI-Express adapter ("chassis").

Synclavier Digital has developed the BTB-1 Bus Transceiver that will allow a PCI Express Digital IO Card to control a Synclavier® Digital Audio System. The BTB-1 uses the same cable and interface card (the "D0-PCI") that were used in the original Synclavier® PowerPC™ product developed for Mac OS 9. The BTB-1 enables a modern Macintosh computer to offer the same capabilities that are currently available in the SynclavierX application.

Reserving Your BTB-1

We are now accepting reservations for our first production run of the BTB-1, plus additional D0-PCI cards if needed. If you are an existing customer with a PCI-1 card, you are eligible for the upgrade option which will use your existing D0-PCI card and cable. The price of the upgrade option is USD $1,199. Your purchase will include a BTB-1 Bus Transceiver, a PCI Express Digital IO Card, plus a software license to Synclavier³. Each sale will include an hour-long support incident with Maestro Marcoulier to assist with installation and setup. Shipping costs for the upgrade option are $45.00 in the U.S., $75.00 internationally.

The complete package will also include a D0-PCI card plus a 10-foot twisted-pair cable. The price of the full option is USD $1,499. Longer cables can be ordered at USD $5.00 per foot. Shipping charges for the full option are $65.00 in the U.S., $95.00 internationally (10-foot cable). Longer cables will incur additional shipping charges.

A custom-assembled Magma ExpressBox1T Thunderbolt™ to PCIe Expansion chassis is available for either configuration for $499 additional. Shipping charges for the expansion chassis are $25.00 in the US, $55.00 internationally.

To reserve space in the production queue you will need to place a 50% deposit on the configuration that is right for your system (USD $599 for an upgrade, USD $749 for a new installation). The deposit on an expansion chassis is USD $250.

All payments are processed via PayPal in U.S. Dollars. Full payment will be required before shipment. As this is a custom-manufactured product, all deposits are non-refundable. Production is anticipated to take place during the first quarter of 2015.

System Requirements - Synclavier³ requires a Mac capable of running Mac OS X 10.8 ("Mountain Lion") or later. That includes most Macs from 2008 on (check this link for details). For the BTB-1 you need a Mac that can connect to PCI Express; that precludes the early iMacs and Mac Minis even though those machine can run 10.8. For iMacs and Mac Minis you would need a Thunderbolt™-capable Mac and a Thunderbolt™ to PCIe Expansion chassis. Some pre-Thunderbolt™ MacBook Pros could use an ExpressCard/34-to-PCI-Express adapter. Mac Pros 2008 or newer should support the BTB-1 directly via PCI Express (up through Mid-2012) or via Thunderbolt™ (Mid-2012 and after).

Reserve your PCI-Express production here:

50% Deposit on BTB-1 Upgrade Package. Includes:
   • BTB-1 Bus Transceiver
   • PCIe-2 PCI-Express Digital IO Card
   • Installation and Setup Support Incident

   Deposit Amount USD $599.00

   Final Upgrade Package Price USD $1,199.00
   Thunderbolt™ Chassis USD $499.00 Additional

50% Deposit on Synclavier³/BTB-1 Upgrade Package

50% Deposit on BTB-1 New Installation Package. Includes:
   • BTB-1 Bus Transceiver
   • PCIe-2 PCI-Express Digital IO Card
   • D0-PCI Interface Card
   • 10-Foot Twisted Pair Cable
   • Installation and Setup Support Incident

   Deposit Amount USD $749.00

   Final New Installation Package Price USD $1,499.00
   Thunderbolt™ Chassis USD $499.00 Additional

50% Deposit on Synclavier³/BTB-1 New Installation Package

Still have questions? Send an email to myself or Mitch and we would be happy to answer your questions!

Update April 22, 2015

The Synclavier³ Application has been released! Check out our Sync3ReadMe page for all the details.

  Synclavier³ Documentation Links  
 Synclavier³ Concepts    PDF     YouTube (6:33)  
 Synclavier³ Hardware Setup And Installation     PDF     YouTube (7:59)  
 Synclavier³ Windows And Features    PDF     YouTube (12:02)  
 Synclavier³ Digital I/O Card Installation    PDF     YouTube (3:14)  
 Synclavier³ Core MIDI Implementation    PDF     YouTube (4:34)  
 Synclavier³ Sound File Contextual Menu Update    PDF     YouTube (3:07)  

Right: The Contextual Menu in the Asset Library Window can call up a sound file to any Partial Timbre with a single click. The sound file is stored on your Mac® and can be in AIFF, WAV, CAF or Synclavier-Native format. See more screen shots on our Synclavier³ Screen Shot Page.

Here is shot of our very first BTB-1 production unit. We have tested BTB-1 No. 1 with two Synclavier® systems, two Thunderbolt-1 Chassis, several SCSI hard drives and a Tahiti III optical drive. We have also tested with a Direct-to-Disk. See some more photos on our Hardware Summary page.

Some interior shots of the Tunderbolt-1 Chassis are available in our Thunderbolt-1 Assembly Guide. Installing the PCI-Express Digital I/O Card in a PCI-Express Mac® would be very similar.

2012 Software Releases
TermulatorX InterChangeX SynclavierX
Terminal Emulation
File Management
and Conversion Utility
Synclavier® Emulation
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.

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