Armadillo A448 Sampler/MIDI podule

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Armadillo A448 Sampler/MIDI podule

Post by SarahWalker » Sun Aug 25, 2019 2:54 pm

While digging through hardware looking for stuff to emulate in Arculator, I found an Armadillo A448 Sampler/MIDI podule :
http://chrisacorns.computinghistory.org ... _A448.html
Both of the podules pictured on Chris's Acorns have ROMs fitted, but the ROM socket is empty on mine, which kind of renders it a bit useless! Does anyone else have one of these boards, and would they be willing to dump the ROM for me? I've no idea what the software support is like (this is an Arthur-era design), but if it can be used as a basic MIDI board then that would be better than nothing.

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Re: Armadillo A448 Sampler/MIDI podule

Post by IanS » Tue Aug 27, 2019 10:15 pm

I have an Armadillo sampler podule, but it's the version without MIDI. I don't think I've ever tried it, but I can dig it out if it's any use.

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Re: Armadillo A448 Sampler/MIDI podule

Post by SarahWalker » Tue Aug 27, 2019 10:18 pm

It's entirely possible it's the same ROM. Or at least hopefully the sampling hardware is the same on both podules!

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Re: Armadillo A448 Sampler/MIDI podule

Post by IanS » Tue Aug 27, 2019 10:26 pm

I'll dig it out, maybe the weekend before I get to it.

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Re: Armadillo A448 Sampler/MIDI podule

Post by sirbod » Sun Sep 01, 2019 7:56 am

There were many versions of the A448 both with and without MIDI, Armadillo gave me one of the very early revisions before MIDI was added:
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I don't have the MIDI version, which is odd because I have most MIDI cards from when I was coding drivers for them back in 1988. That leads me to believe it may have been one of the later cards, late 1989 or 1990 perhaps?

I'm fairly certain it was RISC OS 2 era, not Arthur. I don't recall if it came with their OS replacement, probably not as I think that was used for their higher end samplers. There was also some software supplied with it on floppy.

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Re: Armadillo A448 Sampler/MIDI podule

Post by IanS » Sun Sep 01, 2019 11:49 am

sirbod wrote:
Sun Sep 01, 2019 7:56 am
There were many versions of the A448 both with and without MIDI, Armadillo gave me one of the very early revisions before MIDI was added:
Looks like I have the same version, but missing the backplate.
IMG_20190901_111812.jpg
Shows up in *podules.
IMG_20190901_112940.jpg
Only a single module in the rom.
IMG_20190901_113135.jpg
ROM is a 2732, which looks mostly empty.
a448.zip
ROM Image
(614 Bytes) Downloaded 15 times

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Re: Armadillo A448 Sampler/MIDI podule

Post by stevebubs » Sun Sep 01, 2019 8:32 pm

I may have one of these in my 32bit box.. Will have a nosy during the week

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Re: Armadillo A448 Sampler/MIDI podule

Post by IanS » Wed Apr 15, 2020 8:38 pm

Found another podule, with midi.

Rom is still basically empty.
IMG_20200415_202448.jpg
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Re: Armadillo A448 Sampler/MIDI podule

Post by SarahWalker » Wed Apr 15, 2020 8:45 pm

Thanks. Presumably all the MIDI code was on disc then.

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Re: Armadillo A448 Sampler/MIDI podule

Post by IanS » Wed Apr 15, 2020 8:46 pm

SarahWalker wrote:
Wed Apr 15, 2020 8:45 pm
Thanks. Presumably all the MIDI code was on disc then.
Must be, unfortunately I don't have any disks to go with it(them)

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