Based on comments I’ve received over the last few months, I think I now have enough takers to build a second batch of Ensoniq-compatible “SP-4 Rewind” SCSI cards. If you are interested in purchasing, what I need you to do is to post a comment in response to this post containing an email address that I can contact you at. I will moderate the comments so that your email address doesn’t get posted publicly to the actual comment section, but that way I’ll have a way to get in touch with you about cost and timeframe for manufacturing the next batch.
Hope to hear from you all soon-
Today I received an antique in the mail. A rather ancient SCSI CD-ROM drive, in an external enclosure, and an equally crusty 50-pin to DB-25 “Mac style” SCSI cable from SamplerZone.com. It takes me back to the good old days of somewhere around 1993-1995, when I had boatloads of external hard drives in cases a lot like this one. But the good news: After hooking it up to my Ensoniq keyboard with the SCSI board I described in the last post, success! I can load lots of different sounds from CD-ROMs now. It’s nice when things work the first time. OK, there was one little glitch – the memory expansion I installed a month or so ago turned out to be faulty. After loading up sampled sounds I was hearing pops and clicks where I was sure there weren’t supposed to be any. I was a little panicky at first that somehow the SCSI interface was corrupting the data or there was a noisy signal, but then I remembered that I’d never really tested the sample RAM after installing it. I popped the factory SIMMs back in and all the noise problems immediately went away. So it’s just bad memory from eBay. Phew. Time to go see if I can get the seller to exchange it for a different set.