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Creamware Noah

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The Creamware Noah was a successless Synthesizer which should bring together the best of the two world - hardware and software synthesizers. It is a 19" 2U box featuring 6 or 11 AD SHARC DSPs. This box wasn't a static synthesizer you have to take as it is, but it was a platform where synthesizer plugins could be installed. Those software synthesizers were based on the SCOPE platform plugins, in fact, the Noah is a small SCOPE platform as a standalone unit.

The market success of this synthesizer was way below the expectations, which led Creamware to the decision to greate a last edition of 111 units called the "Noah EX Final Edition", which were sold for 1.111 EUR per unit. Even today, one may occasionally hit one of those units in a store, maybe even for 990 EUR today.

As the machine is EOL, no further plugins will be programmed, and CreamWare published all available plugins without the need of a license key, so every Noah owner can use those plugins. As of today, the following plugins exist for the Noah:

The following plugins were included in the base system:

The device was available in 2 versions, the Noah, featuring 6 DSPs and the Noah EX with 11 DSPs, doubling the computing performance. In other aspects, the units were identical.

The 2U enclosure of the Noah contains a standard ATX power supply to feed all the electronics, as inputs and outputs, it features USB 1.1, optical audio with selectable 8 channel ADAT or 2 channel S/PDIF protocol, a wordclock connector was also present besides 2 channel analog input and 2 channel analog output. On the front, several buttons and rotaty encoders surround a large 2x40 characters LCD and a compact flash slot to store plugins and data.

Although the synthesizer is sounding really good and has a fascinating architecture, it might be just a collectors item today.

Noah Info http://www.sequencer.de/syns/creamware/Noah.html