Connecting hardware samplers to OSX mac

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by dicky, Mar 11, 2007.

  1. dicky macrumors newbie

    Mar 11, 2007

    I am hoping someone has experience in connecting old hardware samplers to modern macs, it's obviously not a popular thing to do these days, what with advances in virtual instruments. I'm not even sure why I want to. I guess I expect it to somehow act as a creative kick in the ass.

    I recently acquired an old EMU esi14000 sampler, it talks to other devices using a SCSI connection. So I purchased a SCSI to USB adaptor in the hope that I would be able to use the old guy with my Macbook.

    The SCSI adaptor seems to be recognized by the mac, it is listed as a USB device in system profiler:

    eUSCSI Bridge Ver 1.11:

    Version: 1.00
    Bus Power (mA): 500
    Speed: Up to 12 Mb/sec
    Manufacturer: Shuttle Technology Inc.
    Product ID: 0x0002
    Serial Number: 07
    Vendor ID: 0x04e6

    But when I try to load a sample using DSP Quattro I get the following message:

    Error: it was not possible to establish a SCSI connection with the requested sampler. Please check if the sampler and the SCSI chain are well configured and terminated. The sampler must be turned on before the Macintosh.

    The sampler was turned on prior to the mac, but I have no idea how to configure the SCSI chain in OSX.

    Would I be better off using a different sample manger? or biting the bullet and buying a proper SCSI card for my G5?

    Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

    Great site by the way, I read the home page almost on a daily basis.
  2. zimv20 macrumors 601


    Jul 18, 2002
    i'm not sure what you're trying to accomplish with the scsi/usb thing. the verb you use is 'use'.

    if you're trying to use the sampler as a sound playback module, then you want to take the audio out of it through an a/d (analog -> digital) converter, into the mac and into whatever program you're using.

    or am i not understanding what you're trying to do?
  3. dicky thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 11, 2007
    Sorry, I should have made my intentions clearer. I am trying to connect the sampler to the mac in order to transfer samples between the two.

  4. zimv20 macrumors 601


    Jul 18, 2002
    ahhhhhh, i see. boy, i haven't done scsi for quite a few years now. but if i needed to, my first thought would be to get a scsi card.

    i'm interested to know how you get it working.

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