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Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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Chia a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Didn't know there are people still using the Summit box! glad to hear that it is still working after all these years. :-)

The box tap power from Joystick/MIDI port, so supplying it with clean power should work.

To get clean output, you can either use line-in on a clean soundcard to record output of Summit, or if you are technically proficient, you can route I2S signal out from the synth chip before it goes into DAC to a SPDIF IC for SPDIF output.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jan-30-2009 at 18:35
pete tocco a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I bought an AVM Summit about 1994 for $340. Read a rave review in the Computer Shopper. It was truly in a class by itself. It had the guts of a Kurzweil 2500 or something like that, a $1000 synth I think. I made lots of great midi with it, plus it made games like Doom2 incredibly rich. So I thought.

Now, I'm wondering if there's a way to use these with modern pcs. Can the midi out be fed to a USB midi device? I have a Tascam US-122 with standard midi inputs but the AVM midi out is in the joystick port cable. Also, I don't see any jack for a power adapter. Was that a later feature? I wonder what a technician might do to fix these things. This could be the only pc device I ever purchased that may have appreciated or at least held a value.

Feel free to email me if anyone has tips or needs the docs:

I can also explain the reverb and additional sound banks, which had wonderful reverb.

One problem I had was I never found a good way to convert midi to wave while I was doing midi. So I don't have recordings of that wonderful rich sound.

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jul-01-2008 at 21:19
Doug Hendrix from USA writes:
I still have a operating AVM Summit. I think it has outlasted about 3 computers and is still working fine. I also have the power adapter and have used it in a stand alone capacity with a midi keyboard. The sounds it produces are absolutely great. I've not used it other than to play computer midi for awhile and don't think I currently have a way to send the sysex commands needed to switch midi banks. I'll be sorry when it finally stops working.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-May-20-2007 at 23:04
Samuel Ramírez a professional user from Tijuana Baja California Mexico writes:
Oh my God, yes that’s the little black box that I regret for ever to have gotten read of. I used it on home recording at first and was blown away by the orchestral sounds, not even the JV2080 Orchestral sounds expansion card could match the realness of the summit samples so I started using it on the studio and made a lot of customers happy.. But as the old saying says... You don’t know what you have until you lose it.

Seriously, a couple of weeks later I went to the person I sold it to and told him I wanted it back and he set to me, Are you crazy go and buy a new one! I just wanted to choke the guy. But that’s to much to say. I hope some day something similar comes around in the market.

O grate AVM Summit for ever you will be missed.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Nov-03-2006 at 12:27
Steve a hobbyist user from Glitter Gulch writes:
I purchased a Summit a while back, when the rent money was a big deal, for $200. Comparing it to what has been and is available, it has been worth every penny. The sounds and functionality are outstanding. However, I have no documentation and have heard there is a way to access the parameters with a computer. Does anyone know how? If so, please post.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Nov-11-2004 at 20:59
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