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1995 July

Posted on : 01-07-1995 | By : admin | In : Seer History

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19950712 Intel says our NSP deal cancelled
Dave & I thought about what to do for a bit, then SEER SYSTEMS 2.0:

19950715 Seer starts new, 2nd-generation, engine-SeerSynth

Try Another Plan

Posted on : 01-05-1995 | By : admin | In : Seer History

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The NSP Wars [Doc]

Posted on : 01-04-1995 | By : admin | In : Seer History

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1995 April

Posted on : 01-04-1995 | By : admin | In : Seer History

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19950415 A7: Intel buys-out Satie / SJ non-compete
19950415 Intel pays 1 of 3

SEER/NSP!
19950420 Dave Smith, President
19950420 Seer NSP Reverb for Intel/S3

Intel Development Extension #7

Posted on : 17-03-1995 | By : admin | In : Seer History

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Buys-out Satie and initializes Native Signal Processing (NSP) support.

The problem was that Intel had committed to sell some number of Satie units and pay us royalties accordingly. But now they needed to stop 486 support and shift to the Pentium. So they did what any totally class-act company would: paid us as if sales had been maximum.

They needed us for NSP, but I have no doubt they would have treated any dispensable company as responsibly and respectfully.

1995 March

Posted on : 01-03-1995 | By : admin | In : Seer History

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19950317 SJ signs corporate waiver/non-compete

A Dynamically Configurable Audio Synthesizer [Invention]

Posted on : 07-02-1995 | By : admin | In : Seer History

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“A Dynamically Configurable Audio Synthesizer” by Jungleib, Smith, Roach, Kurzawa, and Fitzgerald assigned to Intel.

1995 February

Posted on : 01-02-1995 | By : admin | In : Seer History

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19950201 Tom Willis enters picture
19950201 Stanford Agreement

1995 January

Posted on : 01-01-1995 | By : admin | In : Seer History

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Virtually Wrong

Posted on : 01-01-1995 | By : admin | In : Seer History

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Although the word was in the air, ICS/Turtle Beach I believe did a great disservice to the population through the unnecessary use of mysterious jargon. Marketeers are allowed that, but in this case the choice was technically wrong and set in motion a persistent misunderstanding.

They chose VS to mean Virtual Synthesizer (not Vector Synthesis); an appellation which has now achieved the status of permanent error. In common usage virtual means “sort of.” Like, virtual reality is ‘sort of’ reality. So, a virtual synthesizer is supposedly ‘sort of’ a real hardware synthesizer. This is obviously stupid, since the sounds created are synthetic either way.

In fact the correct usage of virtual in the computer context derives from “virtual machine”—meaning that the early computer had an overlay to make each user think that they were virtually using a different computer. It is a single thing appearing differently to each user. Similarly, virtual reality is not a ‘sort of’ reality, but a construct that is rich enough to allow each user a unique viewpoint.

So, a virtual synthesizer is one synthesizer that appears to be many; and that is exactly the description of the contemporary multi-timbral MIDI instrument which is in fact one synthesizer with the now developed MIDI logic to appear as up to 16 channels minimum.

‘Virtual’ should never have been adopted to indicate that a software synthesizer was a lesser being than a hardware one. That was proven over and over again as each release of Satie and Reality thoroughly embarrassed competing hardware.