Interesting Ultima V tidbits!

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Bill Loguidice
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Geez, Ultima V on calculators!:
http://tifreakware.ath.cx/index.php?s=a359c1b703d30258245458292e1d6525&s...

Also, take a listen to Ultima V on an Apple II equipped with a Passport wavetable MIDI card. It's just stunning:

Initial info via http://www.bytecellar.com/2011/01/02/ultima-iv-on-the-passport-amazing-a... .

It puts even dual Mockingboard-equipped Apple II's (like I went to great effort to acquire) to shame. Have a listen:

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Fantastic info, Rob. Thanks

Fantastic info, Rob. Thanks for the update and clarification!

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Just want to clear this up.

Just want to clear this up. I've seen various posts about this. What this guy has done is remix the original midi this in a program like Logic Studio then play it back via his external midi devices. He's added more instruments than the original score.

I own a few passport mini interface cards plus a Passport Design Sound Chaser, which is the card and keyboard for the Apple IIe.

I've setup on my Apple IIe my passport midi device with realtime playback to my Roland Sound Canvas SC8850. Sounds much better than the duel Mockingbird but still not at the same levels the video, purely because the original score does not have as many instruments.

Photos here:

http://www.apple2.robcraig.com/files/1bd696667ff25c19f2c9e5d9ecf34d44-14...

http://www.apple2.robcraig.com/files/7483766fb0f4716bdc8d386d876890c9-13...

http://www.apple2.robcraig.com/files/0a1c13e793431658fb7365103230087c-4....

http://www.apple2.robcraig.com/files/midicard.html

Just want to add that the Apple II midi interface cards like the Passport Designs require an external midi device like a Roland MT32. It does not produce the midi music alone.
Cheers,
Rob

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i may be wrong, but Im pretty

i may be wrong, but Im pretty sure that card was only available with a keyboard, it was high end music stuff they had a digital and anolog version. Only reason I know (or think I know) we had a Big music store and in the late 80's,early 90's they had a HUGE section on Midi and computer music equipment. Was strange to go to a music store for computer stuff (tehy even carried a few games and some music software). the store was about as big as a basketball court, 9/10ths was drums, horns, guitar, etc.. and very back of store (behind amp stacks) where a couple tables with computers you could play with and test out, some mics and a racks with software and some hardware.Mostly at that time Atari St and Amiga but they had some older apple II and even Apple GS stuff. I can rember looking at the better Amiga stuff (i was amiga nut back then) and the price of a good amiga card (for the 2000) was half the price of the older Apples stuff and sounded better (simply that the tech was newer is all and the advnces then where pretty big) and was suprised (as i was a gamer more than anything) that they would bundle a sound card with a keyboard and interface card... didnt make much sence to me.. MUSIC creation! who cared :) if my laser blasts sounded good i was happy.

Mybe remebreing it wrong, very easy for me nowdays. I do know it was one of the first places i saw a Apple GSII and I wanted one so bad.. I looked at all kinds of financing.. I went with the AMIGA 500 and a Quantum addon Box (held a HD, more ram and a accelerator). That dang box with a HD was more than a whole GOOD pc is nowdays ($1200) then tak on ram and the accelerator card.. and now days I complain about a $400 video card... geez

Bill Loguidice
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Apparently it is
Nathaniel Tolbert wrote:

The passport is from the mid 80's? It sounds considerably better than the MT-32 from Roland, and that was considered the Defacto Synthesizer until GS came out in 1990. This card must be a more recent creation.

It sounds stunning, but apparently it's genuinely from the era. It must have been brutally expensive, far moreso than dual Mockingboards or the MT-32. I've never heard of it myself, but the company was apparently on the cutting edge of this stuff but they were displaced by higher profile competition.

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The passport is from the mid

The passport is from the mid 80's? It sounds considerably better than the MT-32 from Roland, and that was considered the Defacto Synthesizer until GS came out in 1990. This card must be a more recent creation.

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