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Re: Media Vision Pro Audio Spectrum and Pro Audio Spectrum 16?

Postby Ozzuneoj » 2016-5-30 @ 01:37

I have a couple of PAS16 cards here and I can't seem to figure out how to get the midi output working to my MT32 or SC7. What port do these cards use for midi, and do I need to do anything extra to make it work? I'm just testing them in Windows 98SE, which includes drivers for a ton of MediaVision cards and both of mine install without problems when using the Add New Hardware wizard.

One is a Logitech IXW-PAS16LL (a Soundman of some kind, with no CDROM interfaces), the is a MediaVision Pro Audio Spectrum 16 IXW-PAS16 with an SCSI interface.

Digital sound and OPL3 music work perfectly in Windows with both cards.

EDIT: Sorry, I just realized that this thread was actually in the DOSBox forum. I saw all the MediaVision info and assumed it was in Marvin. :o
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Re: Media Vision Pro Audio Spectrum and Pro Audio Spectrum 16?

Postby dr.wily » 2017-7-29 @ 18:03

Hello !

I have a media Vision pro Audio Wavetable (650-0152-51). The FCC ID is IXW-JAZZWAVE. There are 3 majors chip on the board :

- a JAzz16 mvd1216b
- a spectrum mva416
- an ICS2115v

Scan of this soundcard :

http://wellby.dyndns.org/dnl/img/pro-audio-wave.jpg

I can't find the good DOS driver. PAS16 driver can't detect the card at installation. There is a specific driver for this soundcard or the PAS16 driver should works ?

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Re: Media Vision Pro Audio Spectrum and Pro Audio Spectrum 16?

Postby gdjacobs » 2017-7-29 @ 20:49

The Jazz 16 chipset has it's own drivers.
http://www.vogonsdrivers.com/getfile.ph ... enustate=0
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Re: Media Vision Pro Audio Spectrum and Pro Audio Spectrum 16?

Postby dr.wily » 2017-7-30 @ 13:28

gdjacobs wrote:The Jazz 16 chipset has it's own drivers.
http://www.vogonsdrivers.com/getfile.ph ... enustate=0


Thanks ! It works flawlessly ! PCM and FM sounds great, but I don't know how to use wavetable. There is a specific driver for the part of this sound card ?
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Re: Media Vision Pro Audio Spectrum and Pro Audio Spectrum 16?

Postby gdjacobs » 2017-7-30 @ 14:53

The wavetable is usually exposed as a MIDI device. In game setup, it's usually listed as General MIDI, Waveblaster, Sound Canvas, etc.
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Re: Media Vision Pro Audio Spectrum and Pro Audio Spectrum 16?

Postby dr.wily » 2017-7-30 @ 17:32

Yes, but the card has a midi daughterboard connector. If the wavetable part of the card share the same MPU-401 adress how to use both wavetable and midi daughterboard at the same time ?

EDIT : tested with game and choose MPU-401 for music device.. Result : no music, but I have sound effects.
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Re: Media Vision Pro Audio Spectrum and Pro Audio Spectrum 16?

Postby gdjacobs » 2017-7-30 @ 20:33

MIDI is a multi drop bus protocol. Multiple MIDI devices can be connected to the same bus and combined via an audio mixer. This card may have onboard RAM which allows you to upload .WFB soundfonts (the Hynix chips which I can't quite read). Hopefully the ICS Wavefront 2115 synth engine is able to initialize without any external utility. I'd play around with the mixer first.
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Re: Media Vision Pro Audio Spectrum and Pro Audio Spectrum 16?

Postby dr.wily » 2017-7-31 @ 11:47

gdjacobs wrote:MIDI is a multi drop bus protocol. Multiple MIDI devices can be connected to the same bus and combined via an audio mixer.


Yes I know that. I use an AWE32 whith 3 synthetiser at the same time (with Cakewalk) Emu, OPL and Waveblaster and it give good result : http://wellby.dyndns.org/dnl/mix-new.mp3

Here, the audio mixer is only related to OLP FM. Maybe it possible to change midi mapper by DOS environment variable...

gdjacobs wrote:This card may have onboard RAM which allows you to upload .WFB soundfonts (the Hynix chips which I can't quite read). Hopefully the ICS Wavefront 2115 synth engine is able to initialize without any external utility. I'd play around with the mixer first.


No RAM, only ROM on this card (chip on the left corner). When I play midi on MPU-401 device there is no sound.
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Re: Media Vision Pro Audio Spectrum and Pro Audio Spectrum 16?

Postby gdjacobs » 2017-7-31 @ 13:38

Hmm... First you need to determine if the onboard wavetable is initialized and responding. It might be connected behind a MUX or into an aux on the mixer chip, or it might be uninitialized. I think you'll need to go into RE mode. Got an oscilloscope?
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Re: Media Vision Pro Audio Spectrum and Pro Audio Spectrum 16?

Postby Osprey » 2017-8-13 @ 16:44

I just learned today that the great Aureal Semiconductor Inc., the ones behind A3D and the awesome Vortex cards, was formerly Media Vision, makers of the Pro Audio Spectrum 16. It's no wonder that Aureal seemingly came out of nowhere and knew all of these advanced audio techniques, because they didn't actually come out of nowhere. It's rather symmetrical that Media Vision was ahead of the game, produced sound cards that were in some ways better than Sound Blasters and yet were bankrupt by Creative, only to rise out of bankruptcy as a new company named Aureal, which was also ahead of the game and produced sound cards that were in some ways better than Sound Blasters and were once again bankrupt by Creative.
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