Author Topic: Audio Visual Research Pro-Series 12 (1991) Atari ST Software Sampler  (Read 3367 times)

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Affordable samplers have come a long way from the humble Akai S612 and Ensoniq Mirage. These days state-of-the-art units such as the Roland S770 and Akai S1000 offer CD-quality sound, digital signal processing, seemingly endless sample time and so on. However, there is still a place in the market for the budget sampler - Cheetah's SX16 is a perfect example of a company responding to public demand and there is a thriving secondhand market in "yesterday's" samplers.

One alternative approach is to run a sampler on a computer. And as there's little to match the Atari ST for cheapness and popularity within musicians' circles, the door is wide open for a well-researched Atari-based sampler. With their eight-bit ST Replay (not really even a semi-pro unit) selling in excess of 15,000 units, Audio Visual Research have launched the Pro-Series 12 into the gap...

Pro-Series 12 consists of three programs and a hardware interface. The latter plugs into the ST cartridge port but derives its power from a separate PSU. The audio input and output sockets are phonos and the only other control is an input sensitivity trimpot. The hardware incorporates anti-aliasing filters on both input and output, and utilises a 12-bit analogue-to-digital converter on input and a 14-bit D/A version on the output.

To best utilise the computer RAM, the suite of three programs deal with different aspects of the sampler's operation. Editor handles the sampling, editing and processing, Drumbeat gives you the facilities of a sampling drum machine while Midiplay gives you the ability to control samples via a MIDI keyboard.
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