not sure which forum i should ask this in - the aphex model 800 studio clock is a smpte tape sync thing but it has a load of 'other' features too, tempo maps, beat detection, maybe more - and i have one, but no manual. does anyone have, or know where i can find a manual? aphex were no help! (and i missed a manual on ebay the other week)
It also has mac software (for system 6.3 or higher, "but NOT tested on system 7"... lol) so time to break out the old mac LCII .... I do have the manual for the software, just not the machine itself.
you can sync hardware midi gear to tape, yeah. have a look at goal G1a in the manual - the aphex should be able to put a timecode on the tape (F9 in the manual) and then i'd look at running it as 'SMU', function F20 default BPM for getting it to play Midi clock or song position pointer back over midi (to your midi hardware) when it's reading the tape code.. F31 display bar number or time
oh, sorry i ASSumed tape because that'sa what synchronisers were mostly for... it sounds like you just need a midi out on your computer, no? then your daw can send midi timing to the synths etc if they've got their own sequencers built in or just send note data if they haven't. I suspect this aphex unit might not do that job, unless you've got a veeery old mac..
This kind of synchroniser lays a continuous squealing timing signal (as audio) onto a tape, then when you play the tape it can read that signal back so you know where you are on the tape. it can also do tricky things like turn that position info into midi bars/beats info too, and listen to drum hits and guess the tempo etc.. I suspect you don't need any of this. Most of that is handled better in a daw. these machines were before daws existed, tape is notoriously wibbly when it comes to speed, so a synchroniser helps keep midid gear etc in time with whatever mad stuff the tape decides to do in any given moment so the overall music sounds vaguely ok...
I'm selling an Aphex Studio Clock, and that brought me to this old thread. I used to use it for remixes; we'd read SMPTE off tape and input the drums to the APC, and it would create a tempo map. Then it would generate midi clock to drive a sequencer in sync with the tracks. Nowadays, it's much easier to do that in your DAW. However, there is one use I always wanted to try with the APC; using it to lock sequenced tracks to a live drummer, for live performance.