badmojo wrote on 2021-01-11, 08:27:
@carlostex where are you dude? You can say 'I told you so' now, these cards are great 😁
Haha i'm here buddy!!
Currently i'm rocking out a Orpheus, because with the added PCMIDI i can save a slot. But if i had a YMF card with intelligent MPU i would be rocking it instead. These Yamaha chips still remain my favorite after all these years. If i knew my electronics i would definitely design my YMF card suited to my personal needs.😁😁
Funnily enough i'm not a big fan of the filtering, i would probably go with a lower uF value, maybe 2.2uF would be enough for me. I like the clarity of the sound and its ability to go to high sampling rates without breaking a sweat.
Major disadvantage of YMF is lack of ADPCM 8-2 and 8-3. It is a common misconception that OPL3-SAx chipsets lack ADPCM completely because it is clear on the datasheet that 8-4 ADPCM is fully functional. (To anyone wondering 8-4, 8-3 and 8-2 ADPCM is the terminology used in the datasheet, none of that 2.6bits ratio nonsense for the 8-3 mode)
Other than lack of those 2 modes, used in soooo many games that a single hand can count, for me it is the best SB Pro clone. There is a Patch for Duke 2 which makes all the sounds play on OPL3-SAx just great.
@badmojo you have vouched for the ESS cards and i like them too myself. The 1868 does it all for me, and the Guillemot SC8600 is my favorite ESS card. Enjoy your YMF!