[sdiy] Understanding 80s Synth Architectures

Rainer Buchty rainer at buchty.net
Sun Feb 6 01:35:23 CET 2022

On Sat, 5 Feb 2022, rburnett at richieburnett.co.uk wrote:

> Do you think the original code was written in assembly, or compiled from a 
> higher level language like C?

In the early 1980s? Assembly language.

If you want to see the quality of mid-1980s C compilers, check out the 
Casio FZ1 OS. There, even ENTER 0x0,0x0 / LEAVE were left in -- 
illustrating the back-then mantra "if it needs to be performant, do it 
in assembly".

And that's the easiest to tackle optimization ...


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