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Can I make my own AKAI format CDs?

A) Yes! You can create your own AKAI CD-ROMs, but you'll need a few things: firstly a correctly installed CD-Recording unit (any kind or brand should work fine), next a 540MB AKAI formatted HD with the stuff you want to master on your CD and a little program called DISK2FILE, but you can do without it if you have a CD-Recording software with the option to create ISO images from RAW SCSI devices: this is what DISK2FILE does, it converts any type of OS formatted SCSI media in a DOS ISO file ready to be written to your CD or be compressed for storage. You can find this software through a link on my AKAI page. Ok, once you have your AKAI formatted HD hooked up to your CD-R SCSI chain to your PC and have installed DISK2FILE, you can launch it and select the ID of your AKAI HD. Now make your ISO image by selecting DISK2FILE mode and clicking on read. ONe note is to be made here: most CDr softwares want to detect a valid block size when opening the ISO file so you will need to manually check that the total selected sectors in the DISK2FILE window are a multiple of 2048. If the total sectors aren't perfectly dividable by 2048 then trim the end sector amaount in order to reach this multiple (don't worry you will not loose data when reducing the end sector by a few bytes - you will never reach the exact end anyway). Once finished making the ISO image of your AKAI HD or any other removable media (ZIP, JAZ etc) you can launch your CD-r software. The options may vary depending on the software you have, but you should find something like "burn CD from ISO image" or "create CD from external image". It will then ask you where the ISO file is located so just select your new file and you're ready to go!. Click on make CD (burn) and you should be creating your first home made AKAI CD! Just one note: if you have a HD or removable media that is larger than 510MBs, the surplus will be wasted space (not indexed by AKAI), if you have one smaller than 510MB, you will only be able to create a CD of that same size, without the possibility of appending other sessions - AKAI CDs are all MODE 1 and not multisession. To be more precise, they are just the "dump" of what you have on your HD or removable media on a CD - the AKAIs (up to the CD32000XL) do not know the difference between a CD or HD or ZIP, they just load data in 512b/s blocks and use the standard SCSI-1 commands to access the device(s).
M.E.S.A. I - Mac OS8 Patch

The MesaOS8patch allows Mesa v1.3 to run under Mac OS8. However, since this patch is neither developed by Akai or an Akai authorized software developer, Akai cannot guarantee its satisfactory operation or provide technical support for any problems which may arise from its use. Use at your own risk!
Transfer Station (from Interval Music)

TransferStation's External Volume mode enables the use of the Mac's CD-ROM drive as a storage device for external samplers. Users can now access foreign /non-Mac CD-ROM volumes without the Mac automatically ejecting the CD-ROM media.
TransfertStation supports high-speed SCSI sample dumps to/from samplers

TransferStation includes built-in, fast SCSI drivers for sample dumps to/from most samplers. No MIDI is required!
supported Samplers include:
Akai S1000/S1100-series
Akai S2000/S2800/S3000/S3200-series
Emu Emulator 4, E4K, e64, ESI-32
Kurzweil K2000 and K2500
Peavey SXII and DPM-SP
Roland S-760 (the S760 requires a short MIDI message in addition to SCSI)
Both mono and stereo SMDI files are supported, and TransferStation will automatically merge and unmerge Akai and Roland files to stereo AIFF format. The user can access the sampler at the lowest sample level, no Programs required. Bulk sample dumps are supported.

TransferStation includes Audio CD controls for monitoring audio via the Mac's CD-ROM drive. There are also key commands for auditioning files directly from external volumes, Audio CD, Akai and Roland SCSI/CD-ROM, and direct-to-sampler memory through the Mac's sound output.

TransferStation saves and loads in standard AIFF and Sound Designer II file format and is compatible with these third-party applications:

Passport Alchemy
Jupiter Systems Infinity
Digidesign Sound Designer II
Macromedia SoundEdit 16 and Deck II
Tom Erbe's Sound Hack
Adobe Premiere or other applications supporting AIFF or SDII files.
You can route your auditioning function thru the Macintosh's built-in sound or thru your Pro Tools, Audiomedia, or NuMedia cards. Sound Manager 3.0 is supported and is thus compatible with Sound Manager 3.0-complient sound cards (ProTools, Audiomedia II, etc). Desktop Drag 'n Drop auditioning of Mac AIFF files is supported.
 New in TransferStation v2.1!

Support for Akai S3000 and S2000 SCSI Volumes. Browse, audition and import samples directly to your Macintosh.
New 32-bit Digital Filter for flattening Roland Pre-Emphasis curves. Works automatically in-place when importing from Roland SCSI volumes or sending and receiving to/from the S760. The filter is accurate to within +.86 dB of the Roland's emphasis curve and uses noise-shaping for the highest possible quality.
Exports Sample-name Texts list suitable for importing into your favorite word processor or spreadsheet. Includes Sample lengths and rates.
Imports from external Hard disks, Syquests, CD-ROMs:
Sample files from Akai S1000/S2000/S3000-series SCSI volumes (with selectable stereo merging of -L and -R chans to stereo AIFF or SDII).
Partial and Sample files from Roland S700-series SCSI volumes (with selectable stereo merging).
user-selecable tracks/track segments from audio CDs.
Auditions thru the Macintosh:
mono and stereo AIFF files directly from Mac Hard Disk
mono and stereo files directly from sampler memory
mono or stereo files from Akai and Roland HD, CD-ROM, etc, Volumes
stereo audio tracks from audio CD.
Bulk Importing, Stereo-merging and Auditioning is supported.
Reads: 8 and 16-bit mono/stereo Mac AIFF and Sound Designer II files.

Reads: Akai S1000/S2000/S3000 series and Roland S700 series SCSI Volumes, Audio CD.

Writes: 16-bit mono/stereo Mac AIFF, Sound Designer II files.

Exports: Sample Name tab-delimited text files including Sample length (words) and rate (Hz).

Samplers supported (SCSI Send and Receive to sampler internal memory):
Akai S1000/S1100 series
Akai S2800/S3000/S3200/CD3200
Emu Emulator 4, E4K, Emu e64, Emu ESi-32
Kurzweil K2000/K2500
Roland S-760
Number of samplefiles supported:

200-Vol/Akai Ext Vol
8192/Roland Ext Vol
99/Audio CD.
Digital Filter: Switchable 32-bit filter with noise shaping accurate to within +.86dB of Roland emphasis curve.

Compatible with: System 7.5/SCSI Manager 4.3/DMA machines.

Minimum memory partition: 1 megabyte enables Mac AIFF audition, audio Import, 100K samples files, 4-8 megabyte (or higher) recommended.

System Requirements
Macintosh II class or higher
System 7.0 or higher
reasonably fast hard drive.
Minimum 1 Meg memory partition, 4-8 megs recomended.
Sample import and SCSI transfers are RAM-based (you need as much RAM for your largest samplefile).
Hard disk audition and audio CD import are disk-based (these run in 1 mB partition).
Any Apple CD-ROM drive (CD-300,CD-600/Sony CDU-561 or higher) required for Audio CD access. Akai CD-ROM access works with any 512, 1024K, or 2048K byte/sector device and Roland CD-ROM works with 512 and 2048-byte sectors devices.
Sound Manager 3.1 and QuickTIme 2.1 (both included) required for auditioning and audio import.
rev 10/07/96

What is sEDIT?
sEDIT is a front panel Program & Keygroup Editor for Akai S1000 series samplers. sEDIT is not a sample editor. It is designed to work in conjunction with sample editors such as Alchemy, Infinity and Sound Designer. It picks up where these sample editors leave off.

sEDIT enables you to remotely edit all of the Akai Program and Keygroup parameters on-screen from the Macintosh. With the bird's eye view of your Program and all Keygroups, this makes things much faster than dealing with the Akai's front panel LCD.

sEDIT's automapping functions make it very easy to instantly build mapped, tuned multi-samples across the keyboard. Just click on the samples you want, in the order you want them, from sEDIT's Catalog list. Call up the Map-o-Rama dialog, make a few selections on how you want the samples mapped, and within a few seconds you've got a complete Program mapped across the keyboard. sEDIT figures out the split-points and tuning offsets for you! While sEDIT is not a sample editor, you can also re-name samples from the Mac keyboard and set a samples' Original Pitch fron the Mac.

sEDIT has its own MIDI Drivers, supports MIDI Manager and MIDI Time Piece Fast and Cable modes, works with Opcode's OMS (does not require OMS) and Studio 4/5 interfaces.

TELEDISK is a program to transfer any diskette into a file and vice-versa. It handles the TD0 extension. Released as shareware.

more versions here:

Teledisk is a program which reads a floppy diskette into an image file on the PC, and can recreate a nearly exact copy of the floppy at a later date from that image file. For many years, Teledisk was the only program like this which could handle non-PC formats, and it became the primary method by which people preserved and exchanged system disks for classic computers.

Originally sold as a shareware product by a company called Sydex, all rights to Teledisk were later sold to NTI, who no longer supports it or offers it for sale. This puts Teledisk into a state of limbo, as you cannot legally obtain or use later NTI versions, and the Sydex shareware versions cannot be used beyond the evaluation period without a purchased license, which you currently cannot buy. This is one of several reasons I created ImageDisk as a replacement for Teledisk. I urge anyone creating or manipulating new diskette images to use ImageDisk instead of Teledisk.

Due to it's past popularity, it is likely that some of the diskette images you need for your classic system may be available in .TD0 (Teledisk) format. Teledisk also has a reputation for having compatibility issues between versions, and with different PC hardware. To help you try and recover any .TD0 images that you encounter, I have collected all of the shareware versions of Teledisk that I have been able to find and placed them here.

Teledisk uses a closed/undocumented image file format, which means that the only official way to access .TD0 images is with Teledisk. The ImageDisk .IMD format is open and fully documented, if you convert .TD0 images to .IMD, you will always have the ability to explore other means of accessing the diskette content. To assist in converting existing Teledisk .TD0 images to ImageDisk .IMD format, I have created two utilities, TD02IMD and TD2IMD which are included with the current version of ImageDisk.

Please respect the Sydex/NTI license/prohibition, and use these only to recover existing .TD0 images within the limits of the shareware evaluation period. ImageDisk is available and recommended for all new PC diskette imaging.


apparently it was possible to use on an SE or SE/30 using the digidesign
sound accellerator PDS version : Digidesign Sound Accelerator (PDS)

This manual is a guide for users of the Carnegie Mellon University MIDI Toolkit, also known as CMT, a collection of software for experimental computer music using standard (MIDI) equipment.
This manual corresponds to CMT Versions 3.12 and higher.
"Voyetra's VAPI protocol, which supports various devices including a MIDI interface that connects to a PC parallel port);

"If you use voyvapi, you can support regular MPU-401's as well by loading in place of
See the Voyetra documentation for details."

not sure if this means the same developer toolkit referenced above

public enum Manufacturers
      /// <summary>Microsoft Corporation</summary>
      Microsoft               = 1,
      /// <summary>Creative Labs, Inc</summary>
      Creative               = 2,
      /// <summary>Media Vision, Inc.</summary>
      Mediavision               = 3,
      /// <summary>Fujitsu Corp.</summary>
      Fujitsu                  = 4,
      /// <summary>Artisoft, Inc.</summary>
      Artisoft               = 20,
      /// <summary>Turtle Beach, Inc.</summary>
      TurtleBeach               = 21,
      /// <summary>IBM Corporation</summary>
      Ibm                     = 22,
      /// <summary>Vocaltec LTD.</summary>
      Vocaltec               = 23,
      /// <summary>Roland</summary>
      Roland                  = 24,
      /// <summary>DSP Solutions, Inc.</summary>
      DspSolutions            = 25,
      /// <summary>NEC</summary>
      Nec                     = 26,
      /// <summary>ATI</summary>
      Ati                     = 27,
      /// <summary>Wang Laboratories, Inc</summary>
      Wanglabs               = 28,
      /// <summary>Tandy Corporation</summary>
      Tandy                  = 29,
      /// <summary>Voyetra</summary>
      Voyetra                  = 30,
      /// <summary>Antex Electronics Corporation</summary>
      Antex                  = 31,
      /// <summary>ICL Personal Systems</summary>
      IclPS                  = 32,
      /// <summary>Intel Corporation</summary>
      Intel                  = 33,
      /// <summary>Advanced Gravis</summary>
      Gravis                  = 34,
      /// <summary>Video Associates Labs, Inc.</summary>
      Val                     = 35,
      /// <summary>InterActive Inc</summary>
      Interactive               = 36,
      /// <summary>Yamaha Corporation of America</summary>
      Yamaha                  = 37,
      /// <summary>Everex Systems, Inc</summary>
      Everex                  = 38,
      /// <summary>Echo Speech Corporation</summary>
      Echo                  = 39,
      /// <summary>Sierra Semiconductor Corp</summary>
      Sierra                  = 40,
      /// <summary>Computer Aided Technologies</summary>
      Cat                     = 41,
      /// <summary>APPS Software International</summary>
      Apps                  = 42,
      /// <summary>DSP Group, Inc</summary>
      DspGroup               = 43,
      /// <summary>microEngineering Labs</summary>
      Melabs                  = 44,
      /// <summary>Computer Friends, Inc.</summary>
      ComputerFriends            = 45,
      /// <summary>ESS Technology</summary>
      Ess                     = 46,
      /// <summary>Audio, Inc.</summary>
      Audiofile               = 47,
      /// <summary>Motorola, Inc.</summary>
      Motorola               = 48,
      /// <summary>Canopus, co., Ltd.</summary>
      Canopus                  = 49,
      /// <summary>Seiko Epson Corporation</summary>
      Epson                  = 50,
      /// <summary>Truevision</summary>
      Truevision               = 51,
      /// <summary>Aztech Labs, Inc.</summary>
      Aztech                  = 52,
      /// <summary>Videologic</summary>
      Videologic               = 53,
      /// <summary>SCALACS</summary>
      Scalacs                  = 54,
      /// <summary>Korg Inc.</summary>
      Korg                  = 55,
      /// <summary>Audio Processing Technology</summary>
      Apt                     = 56,
      /// <summary>Integrated Circuit Systems, Inc.</summary>
      Ics                     = 57,
      /// <summary>Iterated Systems, Inc.</summary>
      Iteratedsys               = 58,
      /// <summary>Metheus</summary>
      Metheus                  = 59,
      /// <summary>Logitech, Inc.</summary>
      Logitech               = 60,
      /// <summary>Winnov, Inc.</summary>
      Winnov                  = 61,
      /// <summary>NCR Corporation</summary>
      Ncr                     = 62,
      /// <summary>EXAN</summary>
      Exan                  = 63,
      /// <summary>AST Research Inc.</summary>
      Ast                     = 64,
      /// <summary>Willow Pond Corporation</summary>
      Willowpond               = 65,
      /// <summary>Sonic Foundry</summary>
      Sonicfoundry            = 66,
      /// <summary>Vitec Multimedia</summary>
      Vitec                  = 67,
      /// <summary>MOSCOM Corporation</summary>
      Moscom                  = 68,
      /// <summary>Silicon Soft, Inc.</summary>
      Siliconsoft               = 69,
      /// <summary>Supermac</summary>
      Supermac               = 73,
      /// <summary>Audio Processing Technology</summary>
      Audiopt                  = 74,
      /// <summary>Speech Compression</summary>
      Speechcomp               = 76,
      /// <summary>Ahead, Inc.</summary>
      Ahead                  = 77,
      /// <summary>Dolby Laboratories</summary>
      Dolby                  = 78,
      /// <summary>OKI</summary>
      Oki                     = 79,
      /// <summary>AuraVision Corporation</summary>
      Auravision               = 80,
      /// <summary>Ing C. Olivetti &amp; C., S.p.A.</summary>
      Olivetti               = 81,
      /// <summary>I/O Magic Corporation</summary>
      Iomagic                  = 82,
      /// <summary>Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., LTD.</summary>
      Matsushita               = 83,
      /// <summary>Control Resources Limited</summary>
      Controlres               = 84,
      /// <summary>Xebec Multimedia Solutions Limited</summary>
      Xebec                  = 85,
      /// <summary>New Media Corporation</summary>
      Newmedia               = 86,
      /// <summary>Natural MicroSystems</summary>
      Nms                     = 87,
      /// <summary>Lyrrus Inc.</summary>
      Lyrrus                  = 88,
      /// <summary>Compusic</summary>
      Compusic               = 89,
      /// <summary>OPTi Computers Inc.</summary>
      Opti                  = 90,
      /// <summary>Adlib Accessories Inc.</summary>
      Adlacc                  = 91,
      /// <summary>Compaq Computer Corp.</summary>
      Compaq                  = 92,
      /// <summary>Dialogic Corporation</summary>
      Dialogic               = 93,
      /// <summary>InSoft, Inc.</summary>
      Insoft                  = 94,
      /// <summary>M.P. Technologies, Inc.</summary>
      Mptus                  = 95,
      /// <summary>Weitek</summary>
      Weitek                  = 96,
      /// <summary>Lernout &amp; Hauspie</summary>
      LernoutAndHauspie         = 97,
      /// <summary>Quanta Computer Inc.</summary>
      Qciar                  = 98,
      /// <summary>Apple Computer, Inc.</summary>
      Apple                  = 99,
      /// <summary>Digital Equipment Corporation</summary>
      Digital                  = 100,
      /// <summary>Mark of the Unicorn</summary>
      Motu                  = 101,
      /// <summary>Workbit Corporation</summary>
      Workbit                  = 102,
      /// <summary>Ositech Communications Inc.</summary>
      Ositech                  = 103,
      /// <summary>miro Computer Products AG</summary>
      Miro                  = 104,
      /// <summary>Cirrus Logic</summary>
      Cirruslogic               = 105,
      /// <summary>ISOLUTION  B.V.</summary>
      Isolution               = 106,
      /// <summary>Horizons Technology, Inc</summary>
      Horizons               = 107,
      /// <summary>Computer Concepts Ltd</summary>
      Concepts               = 108,
      /// <summary>Voice Technologies Group, Inc.</summary>
      Vtg                     = 109,
      /// <summary>Radius</summary>
      Radius                  = 110,
      /// <summary>Rockwell International</summary>
      Rockwell               = 111,
      /// <summary>Co. XYZ for testing</summary>
      Xyz                     = 112,
      /// <summary>Opcode Systems</summary>
      Opcode                  = 113,
      /// <summary>Voxware Inc</summary>
      Voxware                  = 114,
      /// <summary>Northern Telecom Limited</summary>
      NorthernTelecom            = 115,
      /// <summary>APICOM</summary>
      Apicom                  = 116,
      /// <summary>Grande Software</summary>
      Grande                  = 117,
      /// <summary>ADDX</summary>
      Addx                  = 118,
      /// <summary>Wildcat Canyon Software</summary>
      Wildcat                  = 119,
      /// <summary>Rhetorex Inc</summary>
      Rhetorex               = 120,
      /// <summary>Brooktree Corporation</summary>
      Brooktree               = 121,
      /// <summary>ENSONIQ Corporation</summary>
      Ensoniq                  = 125,
      /// <summary>FAST Multimedia AG</summary>
      Fast                  = 126,
      /// <summary>NVidia Corporation</summary>
      Nvidia                  = 127,
      /// <summary>OKSORI Co., Ltd.</summary>
      Oksori                  = 128,
      /// <summary>DiAcoustics, Inc.</summary>
      Diacoustics               = 129,
      /// <summary>Gulbransen, Inc.</summary>
      Gulbransen               = 130,
      /// <summary>Kay Elemetrics, Inc.</summary>
      KayElemetrics            = 131,
      /// <summary>Crystal Semiconductor Corporation</summary>
      Crystal                  = 132,
      /// <summary>Splash Studios</summary>
      SplashStudios            = 133,
      /// <summary>Quarterdeck Corporation</summary>
      Quarterdeck               = 134,
      /// <summary>TDK Corporation</summary>
      Tdk                     = 135,
      /// <summary>Digital Audio Labs, Inc.</summary>
      DigitalAudioLabs         = 136,
      /// <summary>Seer Systems, Inc.</summary>
      Seersys                  = 137,
      /// <summary>PictureTel Corporation</summary>
      Picturetel               = 138,
      /// <summary>AT&amp;T Microelectronics</summary>
      AttMicroelectronics         = 139,
      /// <summary>Osprey Technologies, Inc.</summary>
      Osprey                  = 140,
      /// <summary>Mediatrix Peripherals</summary>
      Mediatrix               = 141,
      /// <summary>SounDesignS M.C.S. Ltd.</summary>
      Soundesigns               = 142,
      /// <summary>A.L. Digital Ltd.</summary>
      Aldigital               = 143,
      /// <summary>Spectrum Signal Processing, Inc.</summary>
      SpectrumSignalProcessing   = 144,
      /// <summary>Electronic Courseware Systems, Inc.</summary>
      Ecs                     = 145,
      /// <summary>AMD</summary>
      Amd                     = 146,
      /// <summary>Core Dynamics</summary>
      Coredynamics            = 147,
      /// <summary>CANAM Computers</summary>
      Canam                  = 148,
      /// <summary>Softsound, Ltd.</summary>
      Softsound               = 149,
      /// <summary>Norris Communications, Inc.</summary>
      Norris                  = 150,
      /// <summary>Danka Data Devices</summary>
      Ddd                     = 151,
      /// <summary>EuPhonics</summary>
      Euphonics               = 152,
      /// <summary>Precept Software, Inc.</summary>
      Precept                  = 153,
      /// <summary>Crystal Net Corporation</summary>
      CrystalNet               = 154,
      /// <summary>Chromatic Research, Inc</summary>
      Chromatic               = 155,
      /// <summary>Voice Information Systems, Inc</summary>
      Voiceinfo               = 156,
      /// <summary>Vienna Systems</summary>
      Viennasys               = 157,
      /// <summary>Connectix Corporation</summary>
      Connectix               = 158,
      /// <summary>Gadget Labs LLC</summary>
      Gadgetlabs               = 159,
      /// <summary>Frontier Design Group LLC</summary>
      Frontier               = 160,
      /// <summary>Viona Development GmbH</summary>
      Viona                  = 161,
      /// <summary>Casio Computer Co., LTD</summary>
      Casio                  = 162,
      /// <summary>Diamond Multimedia</summary>
      Diamondmm               = 163,
      /// <summary>S3</summary>
      S3                     = 164,
      /// <summary>Fraunhofer</summary>
      FraunhoferIis            = 172,
this post by Scott Paia is a repost of a message written by a Rick Massey
who expressed interest in the Vapi driver architecture, wanting to produce new drivers presumably for a new prototype midi interface that could support voyetra's DOS based sequencer

hes referencing a DIY midi interface kit that was produced by PAIA in the late 80s

if anyone has any additional information please help by adding it here in this thread

Rick Massey wrote:
> > Scott,
> >
> > Over the years I've been fascinated by your company. I seriously
> > considered picking up a Strings N Things decades ago but lacked the
> > funds to get it, and have visited your site for many years to check
> > out what's available. Since I lost my sight back in 2003 I've been
> > less prone to picking up kit based gear as I can no longer put it
> > together myself, but I figured that at some point you'd make something
> > I couldn't live without and then I'd have to buy a kit and figure out
> > how to get someone else to assemble it for me.
> >
> > Then I saw your company mentioned today on a website, and it gave me
> > hope that you might be able to solve a long running quest of mine.
> >
> > I'm rather old school in some of my musical software uses, and that is
> > best shown by my choice of a sequencer -- Voyetra's Sequencer Plus
> > Gold 4.10. I use it because I know it well, it suits my needs, and I
> > like non-virtual interrupts for music, especially the system clock at
> > Interrupt 0. But I know that the V24 interfaces I currently use aren't
> > getting any younger, so I've been questing for any info I can find on
> > the VAPI standard Voyetra used to build the drivers for this program.

> > Voyetra has gotten so embedded in the world of CReative's sound cards
> > that they don't know anything about their older stuff. But since a web
> > site I found mentioned that PAIA also made a VAPI based interface, I
> > thought there was some possibility, however slight, that someone at
> > your company might have some information laying around about how to
> > code drivers for this interface specification.
> >
> > Right now my two V24sm interfaces work fine, but that won't always be
> > the case, and so if I can locate this specification I'll be able to
> > locate a more current interface that covers the bases I need covered
> > and I'll be able to keep chugging along using my sequencer of choice.
> >
> > Any assistance or leads you can provide on this would be greatly
> > appreciated.
> >
> > Sincerely,
> >
> > Rick Massey
Midiman MM-401 - IBM PC Compatible MIDI Interface (1990?)

MM-401 is an IBM PC compatible MIDI interface card from Midiman, a company from California. The list price is US$99.95, but may be lower from local shops.

Midiman has taken the industry standard "MPU-401" PC interface card and given it new life. This card will work with any IBM PC or clone no matter what the clock or bus speed. That means if you have an 8088/4.77 Mhz XT or a 486/50 Mhz AT, the interface card will perform the same. Your PC will still run either slow or fast but the card's performance will not change. The card will work with any and all software designed for the "401" standard including games. It is also the only interface card that has UART timing. This function allows the PC's timer to be independent from the MIDI timing functions and, UART timing can be set via SYSEX messages. This card is 1/3 in length and will fit into any slot in your PC with 8 or 16 bits. You will also have the benefit of an external click metronome output.

The card comes with a single detailed instruction sheet. It contain all the information about installation and handling as well as all the possible addressing and interrupt settings. Using the factory defaults will likely be alright. The circuit board itself is a work of art; perfectly laid out components in an uncrowded environment. The use of Intel and Motorola IC's make for a fantastically reliably design.

Midiman makes SMPTE stuff, and now a "401" card. So the result should be very good. It will pose a threat to Music Quest and a host of others. The ROM instruction set on the card wasn't copied; it was designed from the ground up by some very capable and determined programming engineers.

The card is guaranteed for life. It also comes with free software including a System Exclusive Librarian, MIDI Viewer/Channelizer and 401 Diagnostics.

I couldn't find anything in the documentation on how to access the MIDI port. I'd like to write my own program. I phoned Creative Labs, and they suggested that I should buy the Development Kit ($100.00). I guess I have to wait until I have enough money to spend.

not sure if this would be the same development kit.. his comment seems to be sound blaster specific not voyetra specific.