- thanks, you can preorder on my webshop : http://www.serdashop.com/DreamblasterX1
make sure you use the promotion codes at the start of this thread to save some money as vogon user.
- I never had a separate blog . i do have this hackaday page : https://hackaday.io/serge , and Chiel was publishing about my projects early on, on his site : http://members.home.nl/c.kersten/
maybe you saw one of these ?
- right now the card will be preflashed by me. You cannot update it easily, it makes sense to use it as it is.
- I am working on two possible solutions for updating soundbanks by the user :
- I plan to produce some usb programmers and sell them in my shop, these will allow to update firmware and banks. plan A
- I recently added MIDI out to the pcb layout,and am investigating the possibility for a reliable bootloader.
It will still be very slow over midi, but if it works, it could at least be a way to do firmware updates.
If it works reliably, I will ship all boards with the bootloader. (plan B)
- unfortunately it is not compatible with .94B soundbanks, I tried to get this working myself and also asked dream if there is a way to get it working.
It is not possible. soundbanks are actually compiled for a different processor. And even within .94b format there are some vendor dependent incompatible variations.
I don't have documentation on the old or new compiled format. I gave up on getting this working.
- no line in provided on the pcb, so no effects processing.
- output is stereo analog only. (waveblaster compatible pinout).
- you will get only the board.
no other hardware of software. but you don't need anything else :
The board is intended to plug and work fine on anything that supports waveblaster compatible boards.
I will put pdf documentation online, on the soundbanks and midi commands.
It does not need additional drivers or software,it should just work with any games that support general midi music through the waveblaster midi connector.
- The pre-order versions will have the additional stereo jack mounted (unless you don't want it --> tell me).
it is line out. It is intended to directly tap the sound to your amp, if your soundblaster adds too much noise.
- yes indeed there is a 7 pin header for a programmer.
I plan to some produce programmer pcb's as well, later on, and put them in my webshop, if there is sufficient interest.
It is a reliable way to update firmware and soundbanks, though also not very fast.
- right now there are no tools for converting sample sets. I would love to have one, but there isn't.
I bought the sound development kit, and this includes software that can import wav files. see this public document : http://www.dream.fr/pdf/Serie2000/Short_Forms … 0-SDK_short.pdf
This is not a cheap kit, and the editing only works with the provided board. To get more dev information, and to be allowed to buy the development kit (with compiler), I had to sign an NDA.
So I cannot disclose more information. But I actually don't have the specs for the compiled bank format, not even under NDA.
I have been in touch with a commercial software developer, about a possible soundbank conversion tool. Hopefully affordable solution will come out of that (also here I cannot disclose, sorry!).
Right now, you'd best assume there is and will be no conversion tool.
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