|Synth Site: Soft/Virtual/Cards: AVM Summit: User reviews Add review|
|Average rating: 4.7 out of 5|
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|A. Alexander C. Racho a hobbyist user from Oak Lawn writes:|
I remembered the summit. My older brother used to have one for his home recording studio. I don't reall him having any problems with it; it was cherised, integral component of his studio. I just used it to play games so my experience with it was solely on the gaming end. I recall that It was a terrific little module that made music on games like "Privateer" and "Wing Commander IV" an orchestral experience worthy of big budget Hollywood films. MIDI music has never been the same since.... My brother is regretting the day he sold it and is hunting on the web for that little module.
He says that there hasn't been a sound module made like the summit since AVM technology dissolved. (Any help at all on locating a used module for sale is appreciated).
|Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Feb-12-2001 at 22:29|
|Kenneth B. Crouch a hobbyist user from USA writes:|
The AVM Summit was a little black box designed as an addon to PC soundcards. Based off the MASS chipset from Kurzweil (I think it's the MASS, whatever it is it has chips named Homer and Marge inside), it has the expansion sounds from the PC-88-MX controller. This box was great. The GenMIDI bank was the best I've heard, the MT-32 wasn't bad, and the SuperOrchestral bank had some BEAUTIFUL sounds in it. Strings and organs to die for. Powerful percussion. The unit itself either had to be plugged into a PC joystick/MIDI port or could be used standalone with an optional power adaptor that seemed to blow out the Summit. No controls on the box at all. Not even power. Everything was done through sysex. Had cables for MIDI In, Out and Thru.
Anyway, I loved that box. It died once under warrenty and they fixed it. Shortly after the warrenty ended, I had the same problems. The company seems to have died so I'm stuff with a paperweight now :(
Unit also had some reverbs built in that I never used much and I really can't recall if they were any good.
For what it was, it was GREAT. It was designed as something to make computer games rock and for the hobby-ist or student musician. For that, it was excellent. As part of a normal studio, it had a terrible wall wart power pack with a cheap connector on the end that pulled into the Summit. It had no controls at all (a curse or a blessing depending on who you ask).
If only it hadn't died.
Well, there's my jumbled review. :)
|Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Feb-10-2001 at 00:58|
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