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Quazar Surround


The Quazar Surround! This was my first piece of hardware for the Sam Coupé, and is still my flagship product! First announced in April 1995, with the first soundcards being sent a few months later it heralded the future of sound on the Sam.

Whether you’re into playing games, programming or in fact no matter how you use your Sam, the Quazar Surround soundcard is for you! Enjoy the breathtaking quality of sound... realistic instruments... atmospheric music running throughout games... earthshattering sound effects and speech and certainly not forgetting the FULL Surround sound! The Quazar Surround provides the ultimate sonic experience on your Sam and with a huge range of software available, especially enhanced for it, the Quazar Surround is the most widly supported piece of Sam hardware!

Let's get the technobabble over and done with - so what exactly does the Quazar Surround offer? Well, it provides up to 6 sound channels for playing digital (sampled) sound, up to a quality of 16 bits (4096 times the quality that the SAA1099 Sam soundchip can play samples at). The Quazar Surround has sound outputs for a front pair of speakers, and a rear pair of speakers so you can enjoy sound in full surround - giving that total immersion style feeling! (If you only connect a single pair of speakers, then the rear channels automatically gets mixed in to just give a stereo output.)

The Quazar Surround soundcard comes complete with manual and several disks of software:

Introductory Disk
The first introductory disk features software to test and demonstrate the Quazar Surround. The testing software plays samples through all the channels, testing 8 bit and 16 bit sample playback, and the front and rear channels. Demonstration software includes a 16 bit music demo and a piece of music created with the Quazar Sequencer software.

Introductory Disk 2
The second introductory disk gives software for converting samples from other computers (Amiga, PC....) to the sample format used by the Quazar Surround. There is also code routines you can use in your own programs for playing samples through the Quazar Surround.

Soundbyte
With the Quazar Surround you get six free back issues of Soundbyte. This is the magazine disk specifically for the Quazar Surround soundcard, featuring games, utilities and music demos with many reader contributions. It's currently on issue 76 at the moment, and has been running since the Quazar Surround was launched.

The Quazar Surround soundcard costs £49.99.



Quazar Surround Sampler Module


The Quazar Surround sampler module connects into the side of the Quazar Surround soundcard and allows you to record your own sounds in mono and stereo, at a sample quality of 8 bits. The Sampler Module comes with a utility disk with 'Sampler Suite' - a very easy to use sampling package which makes recording samples a piece of cake! Just plug in the Sampler Module, boot up the disk and you're ready to start recording!

The Quazar Surround Sampler Module costs £29.99.



Mixer Lead


I have now produced a lead to mix the sound from the normal Sam soundchip (SAA1099) into the front channels of the Quazar Surround soundcard so you can hear both the Quazar Surround sounds and the normal Sam soundchip sounds through the one pair of speakers. The lead connects to the Light Pen / Audio socket on the Sam, and the Front speaker socket on the Quazar Surround, and provides a new socket into which your front set of speakers is plugged. Incorporated into the lead are the appropriate components to mix the soundchip sounds in at the correct volume levels.

The Mixer Lead costs £4.99.