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New England Digital Synclavier I

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    Description
    First released in 1977 it proved to be highly influential among both electronic music composers and music producers, including Mike Thorne, an early adopter from the commercial world, due to its versatility, its cutting-edge technology, and distinctive sounds. Frank Zappa also made extensive use of the Synclavier.

    The early Synclavier Digital Synthesizer used FM synthesis, and was sold mostly to universities. Some such systems had only a computer and synthesis modules, but no keyboard.
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    Architecture
    Type: Digital
    Synthesis: Frequency Modulation
    Oscillators
    Oscillators: 40
    Waveforms: Sine
    Osc Modulation: Envelope, Input, Oscillator
    Oscillator Notes:
    4-OP FM Synthesis
    Envelopes
    Envelopes: 4
    Evelope Paramerters: Delay, Attack, Decay, Decay 2, Sustain Level, Release
    Filters
    Filters: 0
    LFO
    LFO: 0
    Polyphony & Tuning
    Polyphony: *
    Timbrality: *
    Tuning: Atonal, Micro, Standard
    Modes: Mono, Polyphonic
    Storage: Tape, Internal
    Editing: SERIAL
    Case
    Case: Rack
    Rack Size: 19", Full
    Controls: Faders, Joy Stick, Knobs, Switches
    Display Type: LED
    Display Notes: CRT Display Terminal
    Connections
    Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, XLR, Stereo Main
    DAC Bits: 16
    Production
    Year Released: 1977
    Year Discontinued: 1978
    Design Notes:

    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.
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    Pricing
    MSRP List Price: $500,000 - convert
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