Synclavier³ Updates and Downloads


Replace Your Termulator!

Termulator, formerly N.E.D. Startup, was an exciting app in its day, especially for those of us that remember back that far! But Termulator was based on Apple's ancient QuickDraw technology and no longer functions in Mac OS 10.11 and later.

To the rescue - The latest release of Synclavier³ is available as a special "Termulator" license code version for $49.00 USD. Select your Serial Port from the Control Menu, and - voila! - an instant modern Termulator for your original Release M/Original Keyboard or PSMT system. VK on the fritz? No problem, you can use Synclaiver® Touch to fully operate your system over the original D50 Serial Port with this latest version of Synclavier³ (Real Time Release 3.2 or later required for Synclavier® Touch compatibility; Mac OS 10.8 or later required for Synclavier³).


Synclavier³ Download Links
     Synclavier³ Version 1.0.63 Dated March 29, 2019 Download Link
    1.0.63 includes support for the Synclavier Knob.
    1.0.61 includes support for the Timbre Name and Description window.
    1.0.61 also includes support for the D66 Monophonic Sampling option as well as support for ORK (Original Keyboard).
    1.0.61 is recommended for all users.

Note to Mac OS 10.13 "High Sierra" users
     Mac OS 10.13 "High Sierra" introduces a new security feature that requires users to specifically approve thid-party kernel extensions before they will be loaded. Learn more about it at Apple's Tech Note 2459.

     Synclavier³ Release 5.3 Combined Release Notes

  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)  
 Synclavier³ Installation Verification Test    PDF      
 Synclavier³ Monophonic Sampling Option Support    PDF      
 Synclavier³ Timbre Library Edit and Export to Go!    PDF      
 Synclavier³ Serial Port Usage    PDF      

  Original Documentation Links  
 Original Volume I PostPro Manual    PDF      
 Original Volume II Sound Design Manual    PDF      
 Original Volume III Reference Manual    PDF      

MIDI Time Code Comes To Synclavier³ !

This long-awaited feature for Synclavier³ is now available in build 41.

Send MIDI Time Code to Synclavier³ and - voila! - instantaneous seamless tracking of your digital audio workstation application.

MIDI Time Code can be received by Synclavier³ from a real hardware MIDI port or a MIDI Network Session using the MIDI Patching Window. Alternatively, an application running on the same Mac as Synclavier³ can feed MIDI Time Code directly into the MIDI Time Code Virtual port in Audio MIDI Setup.

Requires Build 40, and be sure to run the full installer.

MIDI Time Code Preference

MIDI In and MIDI Out Transpose

MIDI In and MIDI Out have greater transpose capability in Build 44.

• The VK keyboard and MIDI keyboard input can be transposed up or down using the Keybd Transp button in Synclavier® Touch (labeled Cut/Boost on the VK). The transposition is applied directly to the VK itself and to MIDI input to the keyboard; MIDI sent directly to the Sequencer tracks is not affected. The transposed note gets recorded in the Sequencer.

• All MIDI output can be transposed up or down using the Transpose MIDI Output preference setting. This transposition is applied to all Note On/Note Off/Individual Pressure events sent from Synclavier³, both when played live from the keyboard or played back by the Sequencer.

• The MIDI Output for every track as well as for the keyboard can be individually transposed up or down using the MIDI Out Transp button (labeled Filter Select on the VK). This transposition is applied to all Note On/Note Off/Individual Pressure events sent from the keyboard or Sequencer track; the setting is stored with the track.

Requires Build 44, and be sure to run the full installer.

MIDI Transpose Buttons

Updated Release Synclavier³ Build 37:

Synclavier³ Build 37 fixed a bug recording MIDI velocity.

Updated Release Synclavier³ Build 36:

Synclavier³ Build 36 introduces support for Synclavier® Touch.

Updated Release Synclavier³ Build 25:

Synclavier³ Build 25 introduces enhancements aimed at the serious sound designer with a large sound-file library. A new internal interface to Apple's Core Data Base engine provides significant speed improvements to users with libraries of more than 100,000 sound-files. Additionally, the integration of "Open Document" Apple Events provides the ability to call up sound-files, timbre files and sequence files directly from the Macintosh® Finder, as well as from third-party librarian applications such as Soundminer.

Creating backups of the Asset Library data base takes about 20 seconds per 100,000 files. Creating a backup for every data base change is tedious; the "Only backup data bases on Quit" option does a single backup once Synclavier³ Quits - using a background application, no less. Handy.

"Precache data bases on launch" should be on for everyone and does just that.

The new "high-speed file name index" takes approximately 2 seconds to construct per 100,000 sound-files. It's worth the wait, though; file name searches take less than 1/10 second for up to 500,000 sound-files. The high-speed index includes the sound-file comment and optical-disk category meta-data.

Caution: Updating to Synclavier³ Build 25 requires a data base "migration". Budget about 1 minute per 50,000 sound-files for the one-time migration. And make a manual backup of your data base files in case you have to revert to an earlier version.


Synclavier³ Build 25 allows for calling up multiple sound-files to the keyboard with a single contextual menu click. Use the Set... menu item to select the keyboard spacing (chromatic, diatonic, by octave).

Select multiple sound-files in the Asset Library window by dragging, shift-clicking, or command-clicking. Control-click or right-click on any of the selected Activate buttons and - voila! - a complete patch up on the keyboard.

The "Open Document" Apple Event integration provides robust options for event handling.

Documents must be within one of the Root Folders (or any sub-folder thereof) in order to be called up by Synclavier³.

You can use the Macintosh® Finder to directly call up sound-files to the keyboard. The sound file must be located within one of the Root Folders (or any sub-folder thereof).

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.

General notes:

• 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;

Installation of the D0-PCI Card in your Able Computer Bin

The D0-PCI card can (theoretically) go in most any slot.

Be sure to plug it into your Computer Bin; the card will be damaged if plugged into the Multi-Channel or FM bin.

Everything must be powered off. Be careful not to loosen any flat cables.

Choose an empty card slot

Connect the twisted pair to the card first

Make sure the card is lined up with the rails

Push the card in until it is firmly seated

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