First post, by dnewhous
not a good idea ideas:
removal of phono input on home theater receivers
For generations phono inputs on home stereo amps and receivers provided the RIAA playback curve. This was eliminated, now turntables have to get outboard preamps
and connect to AUX, destroying the vinyl revival.
cassette players - What can I say, if they had made them better maybe we would have hung onto our collection. It took years for Peter Paul and Mary 10 to come out.
The only important features were the Dolby B noise reduction (that's what came on tape) and the bias frequency. The original recommended bias frequency was 23 kHz,
that only Radio Shack adhered to. Sony made tape players that had 160 kHz bias years later. Nowadays, it could be higher.
Kenwood car stereo speakers - I once heard a 4 way $100 pair that had better sound than anything I have ever heard. They're gone.
Soundblaster 16 had a backward compatibility glitch leading Gateway to use off-brand soundcards such as Orchid. This problem led to a plethora of clones.
removal of Windows MIDI control panel
Yamaha pulled the SW1000XG off the market when this was done. Symbolically, it means neutered Windows can't run synthesizer PCI cards.
invention of C sharp
C++ is the obvious choice for video games and even TCP/IP is doable in C++. WPF does not look as good as MFC.
discarding digital audio disc - this format was standard audio and not in "advanced audio engineering" zone.
Dismissal of SoundFX 2000. If VDMSound had quit when XP came out and had its own soundblaster and mpu-401 support, I'd say
"goodbye, and thanks for all the fish" Under the circumstances they should have carried on as a foil to VDMSound.
The Turtle Beach Santa Cruz - this thing was the basis of audio support on the original Xbox so it does matter
problem - the pins on the S/PDIF connector were backward
problem - inclusion of WaveBlaster connector when CT no longer used this feature
the dismissal of Sensaura makes it look like there was no competitor for the Xbox to reach out to. They still have a wikipedia page. Sensaura also could have been used for other virtual surround.
FF7 and FF8 port to Windows
If it weren't for these games using MIDI, I swear MIDI support would have been seen as pointless on gaming soundcards and the synthesizers would have been dropped
and the prices gone down before the next generation of Soundblaster, which was the Live!, which came out in a month.
Use of Soundblaster Live Value! This card came with Gateway computers and is I couldn't get the 3d audio effects to work, it is a budget version of a Live!
Multichannel audio on onboard audio. This caused confusion with the soundcards. The current generation of Soundblaster doesn't use EAX, and without that who cares?
Allowing games to provide surround sound - this totally took away from the use of the soundcard, led to much confusion, and the demise of EAX.
Dismissal of Groove Music - it's the only player that would flip the image to the album artist.
Beyerdynamic MMX300 the instructions have the adapter for PC gaming and game consoles backwards
Audio Technica ATH-AG1X has a short circuit on the headphone and the microphone connector
Polk Audio db Series defunct. These speakers were shallow enough to be drop in replacements for OEM speakers. They were good. I miss them. This puts an
incentive to get a speaker upgrade when you buy the car. Polk had more expensive speakers than that, but after looking at it I lost interest in anything else.
Sparkomatic car stereo speakers dismissed from market - cheapest good sounding car speakers. I forgot them. Very good. Have had them and Polks.
Universal remote controls - I've bought them from Best Buy and Crutchfield and they do not work with subtitles.
Goodwill decision not to carry VCRS with RF connectors. You can't record off cable with a VCR if you can't connect cable to the VCR.
Adobe Photoshop - used to be able to acquire from a scanner. It has the tools for image manipulation you would expect for that and no longer has - I like Corel Paintshop Pro better.
The decline of Photoshop makes me wonder what led to the end of Fedex Office.
OpenGlide - fail with Carmageddon II, try a DirectShow window, which would require rescaling the overall resolution because the resolution would probably come out much too large.
wikipedia: removal of page dedicated to cm-32l. I have used one! They didn't skrag this model, did they? This could ruin keyboards.
Electrical specifications of MIDI metasmatized. It is like they are confusing MIDI cables for audio cables. This is loss of technology.
LAPc-I This was originally designated LAPC-1, mistakenly
Soundblaster 16 Waveffects - how about an image of this one
gameport to MIDI cable - how about an image of one
160kHz Super Bias Electronics - this used to be described on the wikipedia, it's for cassette players
Master tape - there is an entry, but the information on tape bias is missing
remix - a remaster is described, but not a remix
Type II and Type 4 audiocassettes - high and metal bias tapes - I've bought this stuff, don't know if it was ever described
Type III audiocassettes? Did they ever exist? What were they? I think they were FeCr tapes (Ferri Chromes) but that's a guess and I've never seen anything written
Scotch - I used to use this brand of video tape. I didn't know they made audio cassettes.
Multichannel television sound - commonly known as MTS stereo. It's still on the wikipedia but they have short shrifted the entry.
Universal remote control - doesn't describe common controls such play, stop, and subtitles.
RIAA equalization - no clear cut terminology such as RIAA replay curve well defined
fader - for consumer electronics the definition for every car stereo is missing.
device driver - no discussion of where to download for your interested technology
Dolby Virtual Speaker - still has a FAQ with Cyberlink, ought to have a wikipedia page.
HRTF needs to be related to psychoacoustics on wikiepedia
Defunct companies ART (Advanced Research Technology) and Digitech don't have wikipedia pages, I used to own some of their gear
bias frequency should be a searchable selection under Tape bias.
Axiomatic bias frequency - needs to be defined on the wikipedia.
Turtle Beach - I've bought this brand and they carry their products at Walmart!
Image of soundblaster with waveblaster header is deceptive.
Image of soundblaster 16 is deceptive, it should have CT1747 IC visible.
Visual Studio 2019 appears to have dropped MFC applications. And Visual C++ has dropped the DirectXSDK. So Visual C++ is useful now neither for desktop applications nor for video games.
things that were not done well enough or done on time
CD players - maybe they could have waited for a 48kHz sampling frequency
USB should have been available as soon as the PCI bus was available and no game port should have been used anymore
Images on the wikipedia now resize when selected, but this should have been done from the beginning.
graphical widget - now defined on the wikipedia
CassetteDeck.org - there was an older site with more complete information than this, the reference unit is the Sony TC-WA9ES
They did not choose an adequate modulation scheme to get the bit rates they needed. They really needed to broadcast at 48 kpbs to get above the hard of hearing
audio fidelity threshold. At these bit rates HE-AACv1 is good enough, they don't need to wait until HE-AACv2.
First off, the bit rate is supposed to go up when analog is retired. What about surround sound? A modulation scheme to allow for AC-4 broadcast of 192 kbps surround sound is possible. Remember, it's relatively low bit rate material so AC-3 or DTS are right out. Then do we want to compromise surround sound with the fader bucket? If no, to broadcast virtual surround you need some sort of psychoacoustics. Dolby, DTS, or even Creative Technology could do this.
Which is where demise of DVD-Audio comes in. That's the source they needed for surround sound radio, and without that we have multicasting of stereo instead. The sampling frequency was 96 kHz v 384 kHz with SACD.
Surround sound music implies a remix of the original music. It has been done.
Some good technological decisions
1) DOSBox, especially including a Tandy mode with the speaker
2) Windows included a default softsynth. This means the Windows MIDI interface is always there and is undeniable and there is something to check against.
3) the Santa Cruz could use GM.DLS
4) Wikipedia page on MIDI now puts the years back far enough to be real, the Yamaha DX-7 (1983) had MIDI connectors and has been in music videos.
5) the pinout of the sync DIN on the wikipedia
6) retiring the VDM from Windows
7) Soundblaster MIDI synthesis is no longer emulated in DOSBox.
😎 Microsoft Office supporting the Mathtype plugin.
9) The MathType plugin supporting teX characters. Sorry Unix.
10) Awave Studio - lets you take your MIDI bank and change formats
11) By God, the Roland Integra 7 supports DLS after all
12) Polk Audio home stereo speakers. They really have good price/performance
13) RadioShack - they live!
14) Denon is back, with better receivers than Onkyo or Integra.
15) elided - Visual Studio 2019 Community version appears stripped bare for C++
16) Soundcards with dedicated headphone outputs
17) ImageWriter - the only printers for Apple II that were any good are still available on ebay. Oops, ebay has some good info, before ImageWriter there was Scribe. I remember having one of those. There were LaserWriters I
couldn't afford and Deskwriters that came out in 1993 that I didn't know about.
18) Adobe Incopy - it integrates with InDesign so it gets MathType too
19) musician's earplugs
20) Microchip Technologies makes inexpensive Digital Signal Controllers, like $5.13 for a dual core.
21) Microsoft bought Ada and changed the syntax so that polymorphism is intelligible. Now I understand that you can't pass user defined types by reference. I never have used polymorphism is Ada and I never figured out what the limitation was before GNAT dropped it.
22) Tinactin, Lamisil, and Neosporin which are fighting my croch rot.
Daniel L Newhouse