Bringing up the hardware for the first time:
The BTB-1/D0-PCI hardware has been successfully installed on 6 different Synclavier® systems to date.
On two of the systems the power supply voltages were noticeably out of adjustment; the test programs indicated data errors until that issue was resolved. If you decide to adjust your power supply remember that the digital voltage should be 5.0 volts at the card, which means it should be slightly higher at the supply or on the backplane. Also, of course, remember that there are lethal voltages within and near the power supply that persist for several minutes after the power is removed. Power supply adjustments should only performed by a qualified service technician.
Two of the systems required slightly longer bus timings - 8 cycles for the poly_read_time in one case, and 12 cycles for the generic_write_time in one case. If the BTB-1 Test Program does not see the poly memory adjusting these two timing settings may correct the problem.
Refer to the installation pdf for more technical details.
• I have only tested the BTB-1 hardware with Mac OS 10.9 and Mac OS 10.10. Mac OS 10.8.5 is supported in theory, but I am not able to test that hardware configuration with my equipment.
• Running the BTB-1 Test Program (available from the Control Menu) is an important step in verifying your hardware installation. Please run the BTB-1 Test Program before starting the Real Time Software for the first time. The LOGGER test program is critically important for verifying the bus timing settings. You can run LOGGER from the Control menu. The MULTICHN test program (in W0:DIAGBINS:MULTICHN) should be run on any system with a Multi-Channel Distributor.
• Please be aware that the Sound File Import from D24 SCSI Devices is extremely slow - about 10 seconds per megabyte, or about 3 hours for 1 gigabyte. Importing from Disk Image Files created earlier with InterChange™ 2.0 or InterChangeX is quite fast; it is just the D24 SCSI Card that is slow. Mitch has converted many of the standard N.E.D. Libraries into Mac files; please contact him directly if you wish to learn more. Fortunately the import only has to be done once!
• To transfer a VK Pressure Calibration File (.SMAP-7) from an earlier installation:
- Use the latest Synclavier³ version to import your file from your working W0: installation to your Mac;
- Look for the file named "*SMAP-7.sdat". The "." is changed to a "*" on the Mac otherwise the file would be hidden, and the file extension is added during import;
- Move the "*SMAP-7.sdat" file to be at "~/Documents/Synclavier³/W0/*SMAP-7.sdat";
• Software update December 3, 2015 - Version 1.0.19
- Fixed bug with stuck MIDI notes from the D70 hardware.
- Automatically detect D66 configuration.
- Automatic backup of Asset Library Data Base files.
- Serial Port interface implemented. Fixed crash bug if external drive is missing.
- Fixed numerous drawing issues when Terminal Windows zoomed
- Properly handle old .BNKDATA files (must remain named *BNKDATA or *BNKDATA.STMB)
- Fixed corrupted CLARA4 file
• Software update October 4, 2015 - Version 1.0.10
- Compatibility with Mac OS 10.11 "El Capitan"
- Black-On-White Terminal Display
- Ability to change Sound File Handle and Caption
- Fixed some Cue Editor drawing bugs
- Kernel Extension Version 2.2.1
• Software update August 4, 2015 - Version 1.0.7
- Improved status messages in BTB-1 Test Program
• Software update July 21, 2015 - Version 1.0.6
- Fix bug loading sound files into second Poly bin of 9600 systems;
- Fixed static initializers to avoid crash-on-startup issues
• Software update May 27, 2015 - Version 1.0.5
- Handled old sound files with names beginning with '.';
- Implemented preference setting for Mono/3200 voices;
- Fixed bug importing new subcatalogs from W0:USER;
• Software update May 21, 2015 - Version 1.0.3
- Fixed problems loading .wav files with built in L-Page loops;
- Implemented the Save As menu item to save a sequence in a Mac file;
- Supported MP3 audio files directly in the Asset Library;
• Software update May 15, 2015 - Version 1.0.1
- Fixed problems processing sound files imported with early versions of InterChange 1.0, InterChange 2.0, InterChangeX and AbleDiskTool;
- Re-enabled MIDI File Export and MIDI File Import;
- Proper handling of compressed audio file formats in Asset Library;
- Incorporated specific cable test into BTB-1 Test Program;
• Software update May 8, 2015
- Fixed possible issue with FSEvent updating in Mac OS 10.10.3;
• Software update May 6, 2015
- Added support for compact-flash W0:, W1:;
- Fixed bugs with FORMCOPY;
- Fixed bug with bounce of timbre-only tracks;
- Fixed bug with optical disk image import;
- Added import of .SMAP-7 Keyboard Calibration File;
- Added features to the Sound File Contextual Menu
- Added computer audition to Sound File Tab;
- Fixed drawing bugs on Music Notation Display;
- Changed default BTB-1 timing settings;