Posted on : 01-04-1995 | By : admin | In : Seer History
Tags: Dave Smith, Intel, Satie, Seer NSP
19950415 A7: Intel buys-out Satie / SJ non-compete
19950415 Intel pays 1 of 3
19950420 Dave Smith, President
19950420 Seer NSP Reverb for Intel/S3
Posted on : 17-03-1995 | By : admin | In : Seer History
Tags: Intel, MIDI, NSP, Satie, software synthesizer
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.
Posted on : 05-12-1994 | By : admin | In : Seer History
Tags: ICS, Satie, Turtle Beach
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.”);
Posted on : 03-05-1994 | By : admin | In : Seer History
Glenn set it up; he got the scoop. And the first public demonstration.
Posted on : 01-03-1994 | By : admin | In : Seer History
Tags: Intel, Pentium, reverb, Satie, software synthesizer, sound editor
19940316 Intel Development Extension #4: Unified sound bank and editor, Pentium optimization, reverb.
Posted on : 01-01-1994 | By : admin | In : Seer History
Tags: Satie, Satie Editor, Satie Librarian, Satie Reverb
19940101 A4: Reverb, Editor, Librarian
Posted on : 01-12-1993 | By : admin | In : Seer History
Tags: Birkenstock, Bob Davies, Intel, Microsoft, Satie, VxD
New Media confirms sound cards disappearing.
19931215 Intel Development Extension #2:
Port to Wave output. As predicted, writing to Windows 3.1 audio services exposed the impossibility of working under the Microsoft audio system.
A key reason Satie worked, is that it worked OUTSIDE of windows. Intel’s Advanced Technology group (Bob Davies) had given us a slim 32-bit VxD-Virtual Device Driver (when 16-bit was the MS legal limit), that gave us control over the CPU’s Interrupt. As long as we were polite, this gave us a constant 11-millisecond cycle of processing opportunity, and abundant memory space in which to do it.
This law-breaking VxD proved to be the ticking time bomb that set off the NSP wars. We were aware of the implications and ever so willing to flout Microsoft, in pursuit of the importance and relevance of the work to synthesis itself.
Perhaps that is in part why—we later learned—Intel deliberately sought for the work “a West-coast group of Birkenstocked hippies.” (And why in all pictures from that period you’ll find me dressed for that role.)
Satie Basic Specifications: