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    Anyone with a working Wami Box?

    Still looking for solutions, does anyone have a working Giga laptop with the Wami Box PCMCIA interface? What system config (OS, Wami drivers, etc.)

    Thanks.
    Dasher

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    Re: Anyone with a working Wami Box?

    :bump - It appears that a new laptop with DDR Ram and 233 or 400MHZ mobo and 5400 RPM drive should handle Giga quite well. After looking at lunchbox proce quotes I don\'t want to spend that much for that heavy a system (27-30 lb, not bad but 8 lbs sounds much better these days... [img]images/icons/rolleyes.gif[/img]

    Has anyone had any luck running Giga with a Wami Box on ANY laptop system? Or have you tried and failed?

    Please advise, I\'d like to get this going before I start recording in Tahoe next month.

    Dasher

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    Re: Anyone with a working Wami Box?

    Originally posted by thesoundsmith:
    :bump - It appears that a new laptop with DDR Ram and 233 or 400MHZ mobo and 5400 RPM drive should handle Giga quite well. After looking at lunchbox proce quotes I don\'t want to spend that much for that heavy a system (27-30 lb, not bad but 8 lbs sounds much better these days... [img]images/icons/rolleyes.gif[/img]

    Has anyone had any luck running Giga with a Wami Box on ANY laptop system? Or have you tried and failed?

    Please advise, I\'d like to get this going before I start recording in Tahoe next month.

    Dasher
    <font size=\"2\" face=\"Verdana, Arial\">Dasher,

    I thought I\'d bump your post up to see if someone who knows can give you good advice.
    As far as laptops, other alternative is the Mona or Layla with the laptop interface. Jacksmusic.com has them for good prices (Never ordered from this site, but Kingidiot recommended it).
    I used to make GSampler 64 work on a Toshiba Tecra 8100 reasonably well (pops gallore though) [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
    Good luck with finding a nice setup for your laptop! You might consider ordering from some place with unconditional money back guarantee though, to ensure that if you run into compatibility problems, you\'ll be covered (Check out americanmusical.com . It\'s been a while since I ordered last from them, but I think they had a pretty liberal return policy).
    So, are you gonna play in any of the casinos at Tahoe?

    Take care,

    Ruben

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    Re: Anyone with a working Wami Box?

    Ruben,
    Thanks for the bump (but I thought for one glorious instant that maybe someone had some actual INFO... [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img] )

    I have not been getting anything from anyone (other that the manufacturers, of course!) to indicate a rational price-point solution. Soundchaser has a system, but it\'s well over $4K.

    Other issues: I don\'t want to carry a rack-mount interface, and I don\'t want to spend $999 (discount price $600+) for the privilege. THe Wami box seemed like a reasonable solution for this, but nobody on the list has admitted to success. I\'d rather be sure, than be the guinea pig at this stage in my life, so I\'m probably going to have to go with a lunchbox system. Built in PCI card, 2 7200RPM drives, it should be simple to assemble. Of course, these are still WAY too much money, but they\'re cheaper than the laptop solution and I feel more confident I can get it to work.

    As far as Tahoe, I don\'t know quite what\'s going on yet. I\'ve been invited to play the \'Save the Lake\' festival with \"Prophetz of Time and Space\" featuring Ndugu on drums and Larry Williams on sax. The bandleader is looking into getting a gig for either the band or the trio at one of the hotels, but he\'s currently in LA mixing their latest album (the one I was expecting to be laying tracks for, but time ran out,) which features one of my compositions, \"Tangishaka\" (shameless plug! [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img] )

    But when the biz is set, I\'ll keep you posted. I really wanted to have this box available for the trip, but I may have to settle for my new (arrives today) Roland strap-on with pitch ribbon for \'true\' vibrato and VL-70m physical modeling box with breath controller linkage (the MIDI melodica [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img] .)

    Dasher

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    Re: Anyone with a working Wami Box?

    This from egosys\'s web site:
    Q: Is the Wami Box compatible with Nemesys\' products such as GigaSampler or GigaStudio?

    A: The Wami Box support GigaStudio from E-WDM driver ver. 1.0.
    However, still can\'t support Giga Samler.
    You have to use GigaStudio ver 2.20.48 or higher which is based on WDM\"

    I have the same problem trying to get gigasampler work with my laptop that doesn\'t have a compatible sound card. I think I\'m get a Wamibox and try. Need to upgrade to Gigastudio.

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    Re: Anyone with a working Wami Box?

    Rolando, thanks for the response. I know what the web site says, and I emailed them directtly and got a similar response. But they want to sell me something, which means the trust factor goes to well below 50%. I need positive responses from actual users, not salespersons.

    That having been said, it looks like I\'m still not going to get any joy from a laptop solution. I can build a desktop Giga box that\'s reliable, 160 voices no clicks or pops AND run a sequencer from the same box for well under $2K. To have to spend $3500 plus for a 40 lb lunchbox, or $4500 for a laptop seems ridiculous. I finally found one place that sells lunchbox cases with no mobo, just the case, power supply and display, for $1975.00!

    I\'m now looking into the single-space rack with laptop KVM option, to see what that might run. Stay tuned-the truth is out there-way out there...

    Dasher

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    Re: Anyone with a working Wami Box?

    TO further update-no joy. There appears to be no rational and professionally safe way to use the laptop/KVM/rack box. If something ever goes wrong, and the box won\'t boot, you have no way to find out WHY! [img]images/icons/frown.gif[/img]

    The search continues (I\'m apparently a retentive sort!)

    Dasher

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    Re: Anyone with a working Wami Box?

    Are there no USB2/FireWire or hell, even USB1 (at 11Mbps) devices that can be used outside of a PC for recording and playback but also offer ASIO and GSIF drivers for Win2K/XP? I\'d love to use a laptop with GigaStudio and an external device that I Can hook up to the laptop or a desktop. Laptops are cheap these days, at least the no-namers. At $1500 or so for a PIV 1.6Ghz system, 512MB RAM, 15\" tft, and I think 5400rpm drive, that isn\'t bad.

    question, a bit off this topic, but if you bought a USB or FireWire HD (they have 40 and 60GB 7200rpm drives, even 80GB I think now), can\'t you use that on a laptop to store all your sounds and get the 7200rpm speed?

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    Re: Anyone with a working Wami Box?

    Buckman, that was my assumption when I started this quest-get a nice 233MHZ mobo and DDR with a 5400 RPM internal drive, and Firewire to an 80GB external.

    There are SO many ways this doesn\'t work, and only a few that do, if you start tracking the relevant posts. I wound up pricing a lapDAW from Soundchaser, and it came out at $4300, almost twice what I wanted to spend.
    Currently I\'m looking at building a lunchbox computer, ATX mobo with internal 40 and 80 7200 RPM drives. Will cost around $3K if I do it myself, around $4K thru Soundchaser.

    The folks at SC were very helpful and generally seem to know their stuff, but I just can\'t justify the extra expense, so I\'m doing my homework and specing a P4 system. ABout all that\'s left is getting the fan and HD noise down, and I\'ll be ready to rock - er, fuse - er, orch - oh, whatever the funk I want to do with it! [img]images/icons/shocked.gif[/img]
    Dasher

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    Re: Anyone with a working Wami Box?

    Guys, check this post out:

    http://www.tascambbs.com/ubb/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=21;t=000082

    He may be looney toons - but who can be sure?

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