New England Digital

Synclavier II


Main Details
Maker New England Digital Company
  • Synthesizer (8-bit Frequency Modulation synthesis / Additive synthesis synthesiser with a '32 Track Memory Recorder')
Form Factor 19" Rackmount
Signal Path Digital Hardware (including Analog Connections)
Made In Norwich, VT, USA
Date Produced 1980-
Notes The Synclavier System was an early digital synthesizer, polyphonic digital sampling system, and music workstation manufactured by New England Digital Corporation of Norwich, Vermont, USA.
The original design and development of the Synclavier prototype occurred at Dartmouth College with the collaboration of Professor Jon Appleton, Professor of Digital Electronics, Sydney A. Alonso, and Cameron Jones, a software programmer and student at Dartmouth's Thayer School of Engineering.

Synclavier II (1979): 8bit FM/Additive synthesis, 32Track Memory Recorder, and ORK keyboard. Earlier models were entirely controlled via ORK keyboard with buttons and wheel; a VT100 terminal was subsequently introduced for editing performances. Later models had a VT640 graphic terminal for graphical audio analysis (described below).
Original Keyboard (ORK, c.1979): original musical keyboard controller in a wooden chassis, with buttons and silver control wheel on the panel.
Sample-to-Disk (STD, c.1982): a first commercial hard disk streaming sampler, with 16bit sampling at up to 50 kHz.
Sample-to-Memory (STM): later option to sample sounds and edit them in computer memory.
Direct-to-Disk (DTD, c.1984): a first commercial hard disk recording system.
Signal File Manager: a software program operated via VT640 graphic terminal, enabling 'Additive Resynthesis' and complex audio analysis.
Digital Guitar Interface
SMPTE timecode tracking
MIDI interface


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