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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.

ICS / TURTLE BEACH Satie Releases

Posted on : 05-12-1994 | By : admin | In : Seer History

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These products were rushed against a year-end release deadline.

The Monte Carlo card was reviewed as having stereo so poor it should be considered mono.

Audio Advantage Card was the second product to play Satie. Seer had high hopes this 12-bit PCMCIA card would give us the initial market for synthesis on laptops. Apparently the market disagreed; you don’t see many of these little guys around.”);

#5,977,469 Real-time Waveform Substituting Sound Engine

Posted on : 02-12-1994 | By : admin | In : Seer History

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Date of Conception 19941202.
Application 08/784,372

A sound engine in a processor-based system utilizing real-time synthesis optimizes synthesis time, maximizes the number of fully-synthesized sound requests and preserves currently excessive sound requests. During synthesis, the sound engine attempts to full-synthesize all requests. If the sound engine determines that remaining sound requests are excessive and cannot be fully-synthesized, it preserves each excessive request by synthesizing a substitute waveform segment. If the sound engine determines that limiting the number of preserved requests is required, it synthesizes a concluding waveform segment for and then discards selected requests during selected synthesis intervals. Both substitute-synthesis and discarding of sound requests are achieved with minimized detrimental impact on ongoing sound performances.

Issued 19991102.
This was basically a vanity patent of questionable value that I allowed, and allowed to expired.

1994 December

Posted on : 01-12-1994 | By : admin | In : Seer History

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19931231 DS/DR/AF leave (continue with Frank Kurzawa only)
19931231 SJ Sole Director for 94

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Andrew Grove Demos Satie at Comdex

Posted on : 16-11-1994 | By : admin | In : Seer History

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The paradigm case for Intel native signal processing NSP at Comdex.

Satie was Seer’s name for the system.

SoftNotes was how Intel Marketed it.

Professional announcements presuppose adoption, and by this time Wavefront-VS was the name used by Intel’s first licensee Integrated Circuit Systems, which had acquired Turtle Beach. Of no small coincidence Dave Taylor had attended my first Intel MIDI presentation, quietly guarded the project for Intel’s Strategic Marketing Division, and having left for ICS thus was in a perfect position to negotiate the deal, which included consumer releases via Turtle Beach.

1994 November

Posted on : 01-11-1994 | By : admin | In : Seer History

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After Grove demo, talks with:

19941121 Brenner Group
19941121 New Enterprise
19941121 JAFCO America
19941121 Walden USA
19941121 U.S. Venture Partners
19941121 Mayfield Funds
19941121 Matrix Partners