|S y c o l o g i c A M I|
|Analog to MIDI Interface|
Sycologic AMI Analog to Midi Interface
|The Sycologic AMI is an 8 channel CV-Gate to Midi Converter!|
|Yes, that's right. It is CV -> to -> MIDI. And it's 8 channels.|
|But there's more. it also does CLOCK -> Midi Clock translation.|
|Plus there are 8 Controls Inputs that can be mapped to some Midi CC Parameters.|
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|I got this, I think around 2003. 2nd hand obviously.|
|This thing is actually very rare. If you
google on this, there isn't much info available.
The year (on the photocopied manual that I got) says 1984. So this appeared around the transition period when MIDI was first introduced and starting to get popular.
|There have been times I wanted to sell
this. To be honest, it hardly ever got used.
But the thing is, since this is so hard to find, and I am not 100% sure if I would ever need this again or if I'd ever regret selling this, I decided in the end, that I should keep it.
|I think Syco Systems/Sycologic did 3 or 4 products:|
|AMI||Analog to Midi Interface|
|PSP||8 channel Drum Triggers or Audio to Midi Interface|
Simple 16x16 Midi I/O Patchbay/Switcher (+ M16R, remote),
designed by EMS's Richard Monkhouse
|MI4||Simple 4x4 Midi Patchbay/Switcher|
|MX1||Memory Expansion board for Yamaha DX7|
|M48||Realworld Sycologic M48, 16 in / 48 out Midi Router|
|Syco / Sycologic
was a company setup by Peter Gabriel and his cousin
Payne, distributing Fairlight CMI.
|There aren't a lot of CV->Midi converters
around in the market today.
I think Doepfer does one in the A-100 series, I think the A-192 Voltage-to-MIDI Interface CVM16, which is 16 CVs to midi Controllers only, costs around £105.
Also Analogue Systems does another one, the RS-300, which is 8 channel, but just purely 8 CV/Gates to MIDI plus some LFO conversions, and it's £340 / US$650.
Both of these are modules, and not standalone.
The AMI does more than 8 CV/Gates, it also has 8 Control Inputs + Sync Clock, all in 2u 19'' rackmount!
|The AMI Overview|
|The AMI has a very simple panel interface.|
|On the front left are 8 CVs and 8 Gates jack socket inputs.|
|On the right are 4 buttons, a simple LED number display and also another 8 jack socket inputs for the additional Dynamics & Control Inputs.|
|At the rear, on the left are the
Sync inputs - yes, the AMI accepts CLOCK INPUTS!
And then there's the MIDI OUT.
|On the right at the back, is the simple IEC socket and fuse holder.|
|I suppose only thing missing is a Power Switch!!|
|The AMI can operate in different modes:|
|POLY||Control of 8 Voices over MIDI|
|DUAL||Control of 4 Voices over 2 MIDI Channels|
|MONO||Control of 1 Voices over 8 MIDI Channels|
|In addition, the modes can operate in either ''with Dynamics'' or ''With Controls'' where the extra 8 CV inputs can be used to control Dynamics of each note event, patch changes or modulations (Midi CC's):|
|In Dual mode, these are split onto 2 adjacent channels, 1-4 on one midi channel and 5-8 on the next.|
|The 2 Sync inputs (Start/Stop and Clock) can be used to convert 24, 48, 96 beats per quarter notes (ppqn) to MIDI CLOCK!!|
|The Start/Stop is for use with Roland equipment|
|I suppose, with suitable wiring, this beast can do DIN Sync to Midi Clock conversion!|
C Y 's files on the Sycologic AMI