5.25" conundrum

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5.25" conundrum

Postby Gibsaw on Tue Jul 03, 2012 1:15 pm

I have a bit of a moral issue... someone has donated to me a box of maybe 50-100 (probably functional) 5.25" DSDD disks, but while they don't appear to contain any Apple II software like he was suggesting, what they DO contain is samples for a synthesizer called an "Emulator II".

I can treat 'em like blanks for my Apple II, but I'd feel guilty wiping what seems to be a decent sound library for a classic. :?

"dsakey" on trademe. Apple II's are my thing.
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Re: 5.25" conundrum

Postby lizardb0y on Tue Jul 03, 2012 1:19 pm

Archive the samples?
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Re: 5.25" conundrum

Postby Radar on Tue Jul 03, 2012 3:16 pm

I've owned (and sold last year) both an "Emulator EMU II" and "Emulator EMU III" and would recommend you put them on TradeMe. (Category: music-instruments/instruments/keyboards-piano/keyboards)
Really neat bits of kit.

There is a small but dedicated following for the EMU gear and both of mine I sold to someone locally with a very impressive collection of vintage gear.
(I'll pm you his details - it may be worth offering them to him directly)

Unfortunaetly both the EMU II / EMU III I had were not fully operational but not suprising as the guy I bought them from found them in the inorganic rubbish collection :)

Archiving wise until recently the disks were unreadable/unwriteable on a normal PC and archiving them was a right pain (load and dump via. MIDI from the EMU itself connected to an old MAC running the right software) Looks like you can now dump them using Kyroflux http://www.softpres.org/news:2010-10-10

The vintage synth / sampler guys seem to operate in an oddly parallel stream to our own - collecting, restoring and playing with old hardware / software :)
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Re: 5.25" conundrum

Postby Gibsaw on Tue Jul 03, 2012 6:17 pm

Yeah, I think trademe might be the go... or send me some contact details. I have a Juno 106 and a D50, but I'm not about to add an EMU to my house, although I would have loved one back in the day. One vintage obsession at a time.

I'm not short of floppies at this point, and kryoflux is a little expensive for a non-apple archiving project that I probably don't have time for, although being able to properly back up the non "cracked" versions of copy-protected Apple II game disks would be nice.

*UPDATE* - David took them all.. I'm quite happy they will get at least examined by someone who has an EMU II.
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