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As you may have noticed, all our Music Atelier® instruments have utilized USB memory since it was introduced on the AT-900 in 2007. This is not only a trend within the music industry, but within the computer industry as well. Computers haven’t had floppy drives for years.
So, why the change? First, USB or “memory on a chip” is much faster and more reliable than the old fashioned discs. Have you ever had something mysteriously disappear from your floppy…or had a tried and true registration suddenly become “unreadable”? These things can happen because floppy discs are magnetic devices and are subject to wear. (I’m sure you’ve heard things start turning when you insert your disc.) The magnetic surface of the disc deteriorates over time, and the heads that read the data can also wear out.
As for read and write speeds, the USB devices are lightning fast. No more “kachunk, kachunk, kachunk” when you insert a disk with lots of registrations.
The USB memory devices offer many more advantages. An average USB device is equivalent to nearly 2,000 floppy discs, so you can keep all your favorite performances and registrations on one small device. Imagine how much time you’ll save not having to sort through dozens of discs to find what you’re looking for, and it’s easy to organize your data into file folders on the USB key. All the new Atelier models allow you to create folders, and the organ automatically alphabetized them for your convenience. Each folder can hold up to 99 registration sets and up to 99 song performances.
The USB memory key also allows you to play audio files on all our new Music Ateliers. Think how much fun you can have playing along with your favorite recording artists. If the recording is not in your favorite key, new Atelier models allow you to change the key, as well as speed up or slow down the performance. You can now record your own audio files on many models, making it easy to share your performances with friends and relatives. Some models will even allow you to burn your own CD!
As they say on TV, “But wait…there’s more.” A certain “top-secret” model coming out in 2012 will allow you to play a song, save the DigiScore® file to the USB device, and print perfectly scored music on your own printer. How cool is that?
There are added advantages to the new technology, so stop by your local Atelier dealer to learn more. Don’t worry, it’s easy to convert all your old floppy discs to the new USB memory device. It only takes a few minutes.