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E-mu Systems AUDITY Polyphonic Synthesizer System

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    Description
    Audity was launched at 1980 AES Show but never shipped to market. The Audity was E-MU's hybrid synth dream machine. Three Z-80 CPUs drove the polyphonic keyboard, the control module and a refrigerator-sized 8-16 voice card box. The voice cards used the same SSM synthesizer chips designed by Dave Rossum for the Prophet 5, but in a much more capable configuration.
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    Architecture
    Type: Analog, Digital
    Synthesis: Subtractive
    Oscillators
    Oscillators: 2
    Waveforms: Pulse Variable, Square, White Noise
    Osc Modulation: Envelope, Keyboard, Knob, LFO, Oscillator, Pitch Wheel, Sync Hard, Velocity
    Envelopes
    Envelopes: 4
    Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release
    Filters
    Filters: 3
    Types: 12dB Slope (2-pole), 24dB Slope (4-pole), High Pass, Low Pass, Resonance, Serial
    Polyphony & Tuning
    Polyphony: 16
    Tuning: Standard
    Modes: Polyphonic
    Patches
    Patches RAM: 16
    Storage: Tape
    Case
    Case: Keyboard
    Keyboard: 61 keys, Non-weighted, Plastic
    Controls: Buttons, Knobs
    Display Type: LCD, Vacuum Fluorescent, Backlit
    Display Count H: 24
    Display Count V: 1
    Connections
    Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Mono Out
    Production
    Year Released: 1980
    Units Made: 1
    Used By
    Peter Baumann
    Design Notes:

    The eventual price tag of $69,200 was too high, so it was never sold.

    Peter Baumann of Tangerine Dream did buy a batch of voice boards however, and lessons learned during development helped launch the Emulator I.

    The Audity resides at the Audities Foundation in Calgary and no longer functions.
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    Pricing
    MSRP List Price: $69,200 - convert
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