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Solo Explorer is a wav to midi conversion, automatic music transcription (recognition), and music notation software for Windows. It achieves high accuracy in extracting sequences of notes out of the audio records of solo performances.
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The very best sampled pianos of today are the result of many hours of careful recordings associated with complex solutions designed to provide a valuable piano sound. We respect the work of these high class competitors who manage to develop sampled based pianos of this quality. However, as is well-known, sampling technology itself has inherent disadvantages.
Despite many recent attempts to enhance the sampled piano sound by adding convolution reverb and other post processing effects, the technology as such has too many limitations when it comes to achieving a truly vivid and convincing piano sound.
Aztech Labs started in 1986 as a manufacturer of disk drives and modems. They arrived slightly late to the home computer audio market, but became very successful in this area, primarily because they formed strong partnerships with the big box PC-compatible OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) and peripheral manufacturers such as Packard Bell, Reveal, Trust & HP.
When the multimedia boom hit, Aztech were quick to launch a series of 'Multimedia Upgrade Kits' (MUKs) that comprised one of their sound cards, a CD-ROM drive, two desktop speakers, and usually a CD-based game title. Such kits include the Asteroid and Voyager, both released in 1994. Asteroid was marketed as the basic kit while Voyager was aimed at the more experienced gamer. Both contained the exact same hardware (a Nova 16 sound card and Aztech Labs' Zeta CD-ROM drive) but Voyager included Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, Comanche: Maximum Overkill, Wired for Sound Pro, The Software Toolworks Multimedia Encyclopedia, Macromedia Action! 2.5, Learn to Use Windows and Professor Multimedia. Asteroid came with only the latter three plus Day of the Tentacle.
While the Aztech range of sound cards doesn't quite rival Creative Labs in terms of sheer model numbers, they probably run in 2nd place with in excess of 30 different sound cards produced between 1992 and 1998 (32 models are covered here at DOS Days). The company are still in business but focus these days on wireless technology for businesses and IP cameras.
The best Aztech card that supports the broadest audio formats is the Sound Galaxy Pro 16 (I38-MMSD810). This supports Covox Speech Thing, Disney Sound Source, Sound Blaster Pro 2.0, Ad Lib and Windows Sound System. The only thing it doesn't have is wavetable header support under MS-DOS.
The first generation of Aztech sound cards was based around the Aztech AZTSSPT0592-U01 or AZTSB0792-U07 chipset. Practically all of the 1st-generation cards support Adlib, Sound Blaster Pro 2, Windows Sound System, Disney Sound Source & Covox Speech Thing, apart from I38-MMSN808/812. *None* of the 1st generation cards got an MPU-401 UART-compatible MIDI interface - instead theirs was compatible with the Sound Blaster MIDI ports.
Some cards support wavetable daughterboard cards via a Wave Blaster header. Some support Aztech's own wavetable daughterboard called WaveTide - this requires both a Wave Blaster header and an EXPCON (expansion connector) header to be present in the correct locations on the card.
Aztech Business Audio Drivers for Win3.1 Aztech Sound Galaxy Drivers for Win3.1Aztech IDE CD-ROM driverAztech Multimedia Kit add-on programsAztech WaveTide MIDI Synthesizer softwareSound Galaxy Developer Kit Version 1.06
Introduced: 1992 FM synthesizer: Yamaha YM3812 (OPL2) Chipset: AZTSB0792-U07 (1st generation card) CD-ROM interface: None Wavetable Support: None Plug & Play: No FCC ID: I38-SGB21 (non Extra), I38-SGBX21 (Extra) or I38-MMSNBX2 Supports Ad Lib and Sound Blaster 2.0 only (no Covox or Disney support).The BXII was Aztech's first card to up the game to support Sound Blaster 2.0, which meant digital audio was now played back at up to 44 KHz in mono, and recorded at 22 KHz (also in mono).
The Aztech AZTSSPT0592-U01 has an internal DSP version of 2.01, and supports up to 44 KHz mono playback and 22 KHz mono recording of digital audio, the same as the BXII which had the earlier AZTSB0792-U07 chipset. It also has an onboard mixer, which mixes line-in, mic-in, cd-in and MIDI.
While the card was not PnP, its configuration settings were stored in an EEPROM. Note that the SG2.EXE program (Aztech's version of Creative's DIAGNOSE.EXE) that tests the card after initial installation of the software fails to detect the card - this is a bug - just fully power off, wait, and back on, and try again. Any resource setting changes need this full power-cycle for the setting changes to work.
Introduced: 1993 FM synthesizer: Yamaha YMF262-M (OPL3) or LS-212 Chipset: AZTSSPT0592-U01 (1st generation card) DAC: Yamaha YAC512 CD-ROM Interface: Mitsumi and Panasonic (NX Pro), SCSI and IDE (NX Pro Extra) Wavetable Support: None Plug & Play: No FCC ID: I38-MMSD802 or I38-SGNXPRO The first sound card that supported 5 sound standards: Ad Lib, Sound Blaster Pro 2.0, Covox Speech Thing, Disney Sound Source, and new to the Aztech line-up, Windows Sound System. Most cards have a proper OPL3 chip but some are known to have the LS-212 "copy". The card's wavetable connector only works in Windows 3.1, not DOS. Some NX Pro cards (like the one shown above) have a Mitsumi and Panasonic CD-ROM header, compatible with the Mitsumi LU005S or Panasonic CR-521 and CR-522 CD-ROM drives. Others have a SCSI and AT (IDE) CD-ROM header - this was called "NX Pro Extra". Aztech provided an optional 'Future Domain SCSI Upgrade Kit' which included a Future Domain SCSI controller chip and device driver software. The large socket in the top-left corner of these cards is for this SCSI controller chip (see first image below).
In June 1994, it was confirmed the Sound Galaxy Pro 16L sound card was bundled in Aztech Labs' Double Speed Pro 16 multimedia upgrade kit, which went on sale for $499. The kit also comprised the LMSI CM206 (Laser Magnetic Storage, Inc.) double-speed CD-ROM drive with minimum access time of 325ms, a set of fairly good speakers and a microphone. The CD-ROM used a 16-pin Philips interface. Bundled games in the kit were Jones in the Fast Lane, Battle Chess Enhanced CD, and Space Quest IV.
Introduced: 1994 FM synthesizer: Yamaha YMF262-M (OPL3) or LS-212 Audio codec: Crystal CS-4231-KL Chipset: AZT-1605-U05 (2nd generation chip) DAC: Yamaha YAC512 Wavetable Support: Yes CD-ROM Interface: Sony, Mitsumi and Panasonic FCC ID: I38-MMSN815 (Nova 16), I38-MMSN811 (Nova 16 Extra) The Nova 16 and Nova 16 Extra cards are Sound Blaster Pro 2.0-compatible. The base address can be chosen via jumper, but other changes must be chosen via the Aztech configurator software. There is a configurator that works in plain DOS, but it's hidden inside the Windows driver package which can't be extracted under DOS! If you install the Windows 3-floppy package below, you'll find a file called HWSET.EXE in the Utility directory of the NOVA16E directory. Note that Aztech had several different 'hwset' utilities and they are not cross-compatible between cards! This is the one program you need to get the card intialized and configured under pure DOS:
The Nova 16 sound card from Aztech Labs was bundled with two 'multimedia upgrade kits' that were very common around the mid-90s when everyone was talking multimedia as the latest buzzword and bandwagon to jump on. The kits that included Nova 16 were called 'Sound Galaxy Asteroid Multimedia Kit' and 'Sound Galaxy Voyager Multimedia Kit', priced at $349 and $399 respectively. Both came with a CDA 268-01A double-speed CD-ROM drive, but Asteroid got 4 bundled titles while Voyager got 7.
The MIDI/game port is MPU-401 compatible. The wavetable header is suitable for Aztech's WaveTide daughterboard only. As with most cards that came before it, the Pro 16 II is "auto-init" (automatic initialising) DMA which allowed the card to produce a continuous loop of double-buffered sound output.
The problem with this card is that it uses MIDI 330 by default which conflicts with other MIDI devices and you need to change it to 300 to make things work. Also, the DOS HWSET utility used with other Aztech cards DOES NOT work with this one, you need the config utility mentioned before.
Codenamed "Washington", the first Wavefront ICS cards from Aztech have 2MB of samples (the same as found in the Turtle Beach Tropez and Maui cards) and their "VoiceCrystal Lite" soundfont is better quality than the later Samsung-chipped ones that only had 1MB of samples.
Rich Heimlich said this: "Would have been a really nice 1-card solution except that Aztech decided to go the cheap route and use the less expensive and less functional WaveFront Lite chipset. It sounds as good as a Tropez but lacks the RAM feature. Another downside to the initial Waverider was its software implementation with a 37KB TSR needed to run General MIDI.". He scored it 3 out of 10 for digital quality and 4 out of 10 for music quality, with a total score of 5 out of 10.
This is one of the last cards produced by Aztech that is *not* PnP. It has no wavetable header since it has embedded wavetable support in the form of the Aztech AZ3320, which is a rebranded SEC (Samsung) 0164 and a 1 MB ROM that holds the samples. 2b1af7f3a8