How about: AdLib ?
Canadian company. Went bankrupt a few years ago. Then bought our by German
company I believe. They brought the Adlib Gold to market (this had been
developed before Adlib went bankrupt, but they didn't have the money to
produce and bring to market), but it was not a great success. I don't know
if they are still around, but doubt it.
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: >Does anyone out there know what company made the AdLib cards way back when?
: I believe it was AdLib themselves who made the AdLib cards. Of
: course, there were OEM's who also made AdLib cards, just like today's
: Soundblaster OEM cards.
Actually, the company name was Ad lib, while the card was the Adlib.
Based in Canada, the company started the mainstream use of FM synthesis music
in PCs. Unfortunately, by the time they put out a card with a DAC (ala
Sound Blaster) - the Adlib Gold - the company must have been financialy
rickity as it went chapter 11 soon after. I believe it resurrected itself
and might still be around - I also have heard that many of the folks from
there created/went to Audiotrix or some other sound card company.
In 1992, due to a ash flow problem (too much $$$ pumped into a
multi-million dollar AdLib Gold 1000 ad campaing, when Yamaha
could not actually deliver a chip called the MMA on time, which
was essential to the Gold design), AdLib went bankrupt.
Under the bankrupty protection law of the province of Quebec,
the government bought the assets of AdLib to make sure Creative Labs would
not buy them. The, this is where the real story begun:
The current president of Mediatrix, along with other important
investors, made a proposition to aquire what was left of the
assets of AdLib, but unfortunately, at the very last minute,
german interest bid more, and won the deal. The german
people decided to let go of the engineers.
Seeing this talent going down the drain, instead of giving up,
the people behind Mediatrix hired the engineers behind the AdLib
products, subsidized the development of the Mediatrix Sound
Blaster compatibility, and designed three products.
The Audiotrix Pro
The gold and the basic (which were never marketted, but are
on display here at the Mediatrix HQ!).
So now, here we are, with the brains of the first people to design
sound boards ...
that's the true story, for more, check out our web site ....
On 16 Oct 1995, Abhoth Daimonizomai Sineptaog wrote:
> >Does anyone out there know what company made the AdLib cards way back when?