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Old 20 September 2014, 23:33   #1
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Max sample time with Technosound Turbo?

Hi guys,

In the music word it is important how long a sampler can sample for. These days with Mac books and DAWS (Yawn) its usually a decade or so but back in the day when making music was remotely challenging and enjoyable a sampler and how long it would sample for was important. Until the end of the 80s at CD quality this was usually a minute or two.

So, im interested to know at a resnoble sample rate of say 44 Khz (I know its 8 bit) does anyone know how much time a standard Amiga 1200 give you with a Techno Saound Turbo cart (doubt the cart has anything to do with it, it will be the sample RAM in the Amiga)

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Old 20 September 2014, 23:56   #2
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Because it depends on available free Ram you have to try. 2MB - size of software sampler use = avail Ram. Stereo doubles mem usage if you don`t sample in mono. If you just want guessing I would say around 45 seconds for mono 44,1kHz.
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Hey mate,

Thanks for reply. Sorry I requested this thread be deleted due to the fact I seemed to have sake the very same Q a year ago Doh!

I only ever sample in mono.
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Sorry I requested this thread be deleted due to the fact I seemed to have sake the very same Q a year ago Doh!
No problem. I have restored your opening post.
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Great. Thank you.

So 45 seconds DaxB in Mono? Thanks a a decent time. The Akai S900, the hardware industry sampling standard in the mid 90s was way less than that at 44 Khz.
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The 45 s are for appox 2MB sample in 8bit 44,1kHz mono. You will get around 40-44 s after sampling software has started. I guess Akai Sampler are 16 bit, so halve the value (20 s) for compare. For stereo halve again (10 s). On the other hand A1200 accelreators could use 128-256MB Ram or you could do harddisk recording. Hence the limit was available HD size.

Makeing music with A1200 in mid 1990 was usualy done with tracker software that had its own sample size limit. E.g. Protracker has 64/128kb limit.
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I actually used Octamed to control my studio in the mid 90s. Didn't take advantage of using it as a sampler.

Early Akai samplers were 12 bit on conception then, 16 bit in 1988 with the introduction of the S1000. At the time they were well out of my price range.

I would strongly argue the Amiga 500 sampler cartridge combo was by far the most cost effective way to get into sampling back then. You even got a free sequencer.

Somehow though back then it was all exciting. No doubt due to the limitations imposed by the hardware. IE you could only use 4 samples at the same time. Even the mighty Akai S900 industry standard could only pull off 8 notes 12 bit.

In these days of a laptop being able to do absolutely everything from create, midtown, master, distribute, to me what was once a challenge is now a push over. Very sad. Hence me turing back to limited methods.
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