Today, computers are widely used throughout
the business and commercial world. Small microprocessor
based computers are also used extensively in hospitals and many
people are alive today as a result of such technology and its
reliability. Organ Builders are no exception and many use computers
to assist with everyday production and office management. Such
is the change in attitudes experienced over a period of two decades.
In the 1970 's when we developed the
TMS 9000 microprocessor based organ switching and combination
system, Organ builders could not comprehend how a small piece
of black plastic could become the brain of an organ's note switching
and combination system.
The TMS 9000 owes its success to its
modular design and flexibility. The use of standard plug in circuit
boards using readily available components has stood the test
of time and should allay fears of that dreaded word "obsolescence".
Not many electronic designs can claim such a long product life
and yet still be a market leader.
At the heart of each system is a microprocessor
printed circuit board which contains the relevant software. Stops,
pistons etc. are connected to INPUT printed circuit boards. Drawstop
solenoids, LED displays and illuminated thumb pistons, etc. are
connected to OUTPUT printed circuit boards. Each INPUT or OUTPUT
board can interface directly to 64 inputs or outputs.