Frequently Asked Questions
What is your revision or update policy?
We keep the Auricle up-to-date regularly by issuing revisions every two years or so. These revisions encompass both bug fixes and enhancements to existing functions as well as the addition of new functions or features. Most often these new features are ones suggested by owners and users. We currently charge approximately $250.00 (exclusive of shipping , handling and California Sales Tax, if applicable) for each revision which includes a supplement to the pdf Auricle User’s Guide. If a revision is published within six months of a purchase, the revision is at no charge. Revisions ‘in-progress’ as they evolve and develop over time are available for use by Registered Owners at no charge. NOTE: The charge for a periodic update to an owner of multiple licenses is that update’s unit price multiplied by the number of keys that owner has acquired.
Should I be concerned about reliability on the scoring stage?
Yes you should, always! And not just about The Auricle, but all computer assisted scoring. As far as The Auricle is concerned, though, we can only say this: Since its inception in late 1983 The Auricle has never ‘crashed’ on a scoring stage in any way that interrupted production… and that means in many hundreds of major features as well as countless TV shows, here and abroad.
Is Auricle an MS-Windows application?
No. Auricle provides its own windowing environment and its own patented user interface. There thus would be no benefit from running in MS Windows. Nevertheless, Auricle can be made to run in a Window in Windows. Caution: Those few owners who have tried this have reported occasional ‘timing’ oddities and various resource allocation and driver conflict problems when running Auricle in Windows.
A few words about Auricle’s “mouseless” User Interface:
It is, as the patent title declares, An Integrated Environment Computer System Control Structure With Natural Language Interface. This means that by the use of language common to the profession, any one of the hundreds of functions or tasks the Auricle offers is available instantly at any time eliminating the burden of menu navigation and traversal. A user can modify or add to the inbuilt vocabulary to suit his or her own “dialect” and abbreviate, given one’s own need for speed.
Is there a version of the Auricle for Apple’s MAC?
No, and one is not planned. In fact, when we first undertook to rewrite the Auricle for a new platform in 1986-87, our first choice was a Mac given its then established installed base in the music community. But when testing it (then Plus’s, SE’s and Mac II’s) for its ability to accurately run a click track ‘wild’ (without external SMPTE lock), we became quite concerned about its ability to be failsafe on the scoring stage: Against pro laboratory test equipment (a Hewlett-Packard nanosecond interval counter), the Mac was always running slightly slowly… lets say a 120 BPM pulse (500 milliseconds per click) ran at 499! Small though this may seem, the result is a run length error which make ‘wild’ film sync impossible. One millisecond per beat adds up. Over 100 beats (only 25 4/4 bars!) and you are already out of sync vis a vis picture by a tenth of a second!
Can Auricle run on a Macintosh in a DOS window?
Technically, yes; but practically NO! Which is to say there is no reason that the code can’t work on the Mac via the proper emulator (e.g, Parallels). It’s just that the necessary hardware resources Auricle requires are simply not available.
Does Auricle produce streamers, punches & flutters?
Yes. But not on the computer’s screen. The production of streamers, flutter and punches are generated via an external peripheral which provides visual conductor’s cueing ‘over’ the actual picture to be scored. Three peripherals have been used for this purpose over the years: The Tesla Streamer Generator, the Cueline 1M1 and Jim Ketchum’s VM 15 HD Streamer. Since each of these are driven by the Auricle over a MIDI channel using Sysex packets, one or two other alternate, less expensive third party devices have been manufactured and marketed (e.g., the “Streamer Click Machine”). But, as of this writing, none of these alternatives are now available new for purchase.
How does Auricle produce a click?
On the computer, the usual “beep”. On the scoring stage clix are produced via an output of selectable MIDI note(s) over a selectable MIDI channel. The sound or quality of the click produced by Auricle’s MIDI output is dependent on the facilities and quality of the attached click generator. Specialized click generators for this purpose are those listed as devices used for the production of streamers, above.
How do I sync up my Mac (or whatever) sequencer to the Auricle?
Basically it goes like this: SMPTE time code > AURICLE (MIDI song pointer/MIDI clocks) > your Mac sequencer. This means you don’t have to worry about timing in your sequencer making sync changes enormously easier and less painful, particular on the scoring stage when (a favorite Jerry Goldsmith technique) you are moving both a large orchestra and umpteen racks of synths simultaneously!
Is The Auricle copy protected?
The Auricle’s distribution disk and/or any one or more files on it may be copied or duplicated at will by an owner (or anyone for that matter) without restriction. However, in order to run on any hardware platform on which it is installed, a Lock Key is affixed to the computer’s parallel printer port. This Lock Key is a ‘logic device’ manufactured for us by Rainbow Technologies. It contains ROM code necessary to the operation of the program.
How do I sync up my Mac or PC sequencer to the Auricle?
Basically it goes like this: SMPTE time code Ô Auricle which produces MIDI song pointer/MIDI clocks Ô your sequencer. This means you don’t have to worry about timing in your sequencer making sync changes enormously easier and less painful; particularly at a scoring stage when (a favorite Jerry Goldsmith technique) you are moving both a large orchestra and umteen racks of synths simultaneously! For rehearsal purposes at the stage, Auricle can also produce streamers and clicks while generating time code simultaneously and so move ProTools, or the like, with its audio and video to preview and rehearse the orchestra without committing to record and turning on the red light.
Why support only that old Voyetra’s V24s MIDI/SMPTE Interface Card?
The Voyetra’s V24s was the only MIDI interface card ever made with a complement of on board hardware timers (three altogether). This allowed us to do such things as run clix and streamers simultaneously “free time”, that is, without external SMPTE lock and still be accurate to picture to within about one film frame in 10 minutes! This also permits the simultaneous generation of time code so that Auricle can drive digital video and listening sequencers in the booth… great for repeated rehearsals without the need to hit the record button. This also makes Auricle essentially fail-safe on the scoring stage where, if time code fails for some reason, you can still record “wild” and have your music nevertheless match picture at the dub and not fear having to send an expensive orchestra home. Also, since two of the three V24s timers are “ganged”, this allows Auricle to easily create beat values of up to four (4) seconds (15 BPM!) for those “grand pauses” or fermatas so essential to filmic technique.