Translator by Chicken Systems:
Audio Conversions: Chicken Systems - Translator Mac Now Available! Update 5/18/2002
Translator by Chicken Systems - Update 12/06/01
Excerpt: Translator is a computer program that can take most professional audio sampler formats and translate between them. You computer can thus read AND write to Akai, Roland, Emu, Ensoniq, Kurzweil, SampleCell, Yamaha, and more formats, so your sampler can read and play them just as they sounded in the source. You can translate one sound at a time, or many or all at once. Many options are made available to fit your needs ...more (10/26/01).
TRANSLATOR - by Chicken
Systems - (UPDATE 5/22/2001)
Chicken Systems make another great product for the Ensoniq EPS 16 Turbo Plus Pro Sampler - MIDI DiskTools!
(Just in case you forgot, Translatorô is a sampler disk/file convertor and sampler editing tool. Translator allows you to read most proprietary sampler disks, view their contents, and translate the files to most other formats. Translator is the only program in existence that can write these formats accurately directly to disk. You can also make custom CD's, defragment disks, send samples directly to samplers using SMDI, and many other helpful utilities.)
We'd like to announce Translator Version 2.1. Translator keeps refining and getting better. Here's some of the highlights:
You can download Translator FREE today! A demo is finally up now at our site. It is fairly functional, you can translate just a one or a couple of sounds per disk. But you can read and write DOS Counterpart files all you want! We intend the demo to have limited usage, such as compiling of disks or CD's on "Virtual Drives", backup, visual display of samples, and even disk repair.
Download it at www.chickensys.com/translator/download.html
Be watching for an announcement soon. We know lot's of you are waiting for this. In the meantime, Translator can work with Virtual PC 3.0 or 4.0. Virtual PC is now actually a viable option for all you Mac users who have a PC app or two that needs to be run. VP 4.0 is a lot faster and robust than it's earlier counterparts. The price ranges around $150 - well worth it, in our opinion.
The ENTIRE documentation for Translator is available at our Web site. It's not just a cheesy PDF file, or a Word document. It is entirely navigate from the site. It's not just about Translator, but you can learn lot's about different samplers and even the history of sampling. (You can download a PDF file of the manual, or the Help File, if you want...)
Check it out at www.chickensys.com/translator/documentation.html
This is also home to our Status pages. You can check out the status of your desired translation there.
Translator also has a new help file which assists in the translation process. A printed manual has been published, and is now going out with all new Translator's. Previous customers will receive their copies shortly.
We'd like to welcome three dealers to the Translator "Sphere". Although you can still order direct from Chicken System's, you can also purchase Translator at these other locations.
You shouldn't cut corners with translations. Translator takes the musical and technical experience of our three engineers and transforms that into accurate translations that REALLY work.
Translator Supports More Formats
Well, Awave (check it out at ww.fmjsoft.com) supports millions of formats. Literally. But are they the formats you need? Translator specializes in professional sampler formats - Akai, Roland, Emu, Ensoniq, Kurzweil, SampleCell, GigaStudio, EXS, HALion, Yamaha, and others. We are the ONLY software that READS KURZWEIL CD-ROM's. We are the only Windows translation software that reads Mac disks. Eventually we'll do everything.
We've put most of our time into doing translations into GigaStudio/Sampler. Why? It's hot. No other sampler has had such a run on the market as Giga has. No other Windows software has had Mac musicians running out to have PC's assembled - simply to run Giga.
Our Roland->Giga translation module took double the time to develop than any other translation. No other software even comes close to the accuracy and detail our Roland->Giga module does. Translator-only's: Roland Performances->Giga Performances, Alternate Loop translation, your choice of over 4 digital deemphasis filters to suit your taste, support for Giga 2.2 features. And we aren't even talking about the envelope, filter, and response algorithms that we've written to take on anything that a Roland file throws at us.
Top Music Computer assemblers such as SoundChaser, Turnkey (London) and others, commonly offer Translator with their specialty systems. There's just no better choice for accurate translations.
We just care about quality. We review popular CD titles such as Spectrasonics, Ilio, BestService, and others CONSTANTLY, checking and checking and checking to see if things sound right. We've got most of the popular titles IN ALL FORMATS, and most have been checked out thoroughly with Translator.
Check out the online documentation - not only do we go the extra mile to show you what to expect with a translation, we explain every samplers architecture do you can at least be semi-familiar with what you are translating out of. If you are translating, say, an Emu disk - you might not have an Emu! How should you know how an Emu works? Check our documentation - you'll find our what you need to know in order to translate.
Also, since Translator reads AND writes to proprietary disk, we know things about the formats that no one else does. It is very difficult to write to a disk meant for a specialty computer (which is what a hardware sampler is), and expect that to load it happily without complaint. But Translator does it - and that improves our understanding when simply reading the file.
Customer Community and Service
Nothing beats a phone call for immediate service. Nothing beats a toll-free number either. Nothing beats a live person, in extended hours, on the other end. We've got all three. Got an error message? Pick that phone up. (Well, read the Help file first...)
Translator isn't perfect - nothing is - so we back it up with service.
24-hour service. If you find a problem, something that doesn't translate, gives you an error, you can report the problem directly to us and we'll have a response - and even a new build - within 24 hours.
This reporting of files has been wildly successful for users and us. For example, just the other day we got an original Roland file e-mailed to us which had illegal velocity values, and that threw off Translator. So we documented and fixed it - now all users, unbeknownst to them, don't have to worry about that issue. We get about 3-4 file submissions daily.
The other day, a user called with a issue. We discussed what was going on, and the user actually took the log file Translator wrote and e-mailed to us WHILE WE WERE TALKING. Our engineer looked at it, found the problem, and fixed the code, again, during the conversation. Total time taken - 5 minutes.
So, what are we working on? Here's a list:
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Writing software takes guts, but not as much guts as it takes to fight for your country and risk your life for what you think is right. That's real stuff.
Take time to remember those who died for your freedom. Appropriately, I'm listening to a great Toto song that speaks about this:
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