Ensoniq Soundscape resources (manuals, files, links, help)

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Re: Ensoniq Soundscape resources (manuals, files, links, help)

Postby boxpressed » 2015-10-20 @ 15:01

It turns out that the motherboard I was testing on was not the most compatible with the VIVO. I was using an SE440BX-2, and the simple BIOS settings did not allow you to turn off USB. I suspect there may have been a resource conflict between the MIDI IRQ and the USB IRQ.

The VIVO works better in pure DOS on my 486 board. I copied the SNDSCAPE directory from the Windows computer. I have attached it to this message for others to use. I edited the INITSS.BAT to point to the SNDSCAPE directory (rather than C:\WINDOWS).

The VIVO works great with Descent and even Gods (which uses MT-32 MIDI). Descent recognizes the Soundscape for digital effects also, and the sound is far superior to that of an SB Pro. I did not get any music from Tyrian 2K, however (which worked fine with the Opus).

The VIVO is an interesting card for DOS. It supports GM music with a 1MB patch set of middling quality. It has superior sound quality to SB Pro & SB 16 for games that support it. It requires EMM386, but the TSR is very small. Its MPU-401 port may support intelligent mode (I haven't tested). It's less than $20.
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Re: Ensoniq Soundscape resources (manuals, files, links, help)

Postby swaaye » 2015-10-20 @ 18:20

Did you notice any significant quality differences between Opus and Vivo? Is the patch set the same? I have not used Vivo much.

Vivo might have better GM compatibility, but EMM386 is a new concern. I also wonder if the Mark5 chip has some new processing to replace the lost 68EC000 or if there is more CPU load now. Maybe it's inconsequential.
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Re: Ensoniq Soundscape resources (manuals, files, links, help)

Postby boxpressed » 2015-10-22 @ 01:50

I made some recordings of Doom using the Opus and Vivo. You can check them out and let me know if you can tell a difference. The VIVO sounds a little more vibrant to me. Sorry that they are in WMA format; I did a quick and dirty capture with Sound Recorder.

Soundscape Opus
http://www.mediafire.com/listen/8n9mkk6 ... m-opus.wma

Soundscape VIVO
http://www.mediafire.com/listen/hzsxdbn ... m-vivo.wma
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Re: Ensoniq Soundscape resources (manuals, files, links, help)

Postby swaaye » 2015-10-22 @ 02:36

They sound like they use the same samples.
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Re: Ensoniq Soundscape resources (manuals, files, links, help)

Postby boxpressed » 2015-10-22 @ 04:13

I made a few more recordings. I think that Doom showed off the VIVO the best because there's lot of distortion with some of the other samples. EDIT: The distortion comes from the mic input into my computer (no line in). I turned off all the boost, but still got distortion. Will need to re-record at another point.

Soundscape Opus
Descent http://www.mediafire.com/listen/t7vttpp ... t-opus.wma
Duke 3D http://www.mediafire.com/listen/n3dcr7j ... d-opus.wma
Doom 2 http://www.mediafire.com/listen/y5ypbpj ... 2-opus.wma

Soundscape VIVO
Descent http://www.mediafire.com/listen/a5nzvnn ... t-vivo.wma
Duke 3D http://www.mediafire.com/listen/l4a5xa4 ... d-vivo.wma
Doom 2 http://www.mediafire.com/listen/b56o10r ... 2-vivo.wma
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Re: Ensoniq Soundscape resources (manuals, files, links, help)

Postby boxpressed » 2015-11-05 @ 15:55

I just discovered that there is a combination sound/modem card that uses the Soundscape Opus chipset. It is called the NEC Harmony. A seller on eBay has multiples for a reasonable price (as well as the VIVO for a low price as well). If you can find the drivers, the NEC Harmony would be an inexpensive way to experiment with the Opus chipset.
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Re: Ensoniq Soundscape resources (manuals, files, links, help)

Postby PhilsComputerLab » 2015-11-05 @ 22:31

Great research.

For recording audio, you could get a basic USB sound card that has line-in. Of a basic PCI / PCIe sound card if it's a desktop. Older cards like Audigy 2, X-Fi still work under Windows 10 for line-in recording :)
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Re: Ensoniq Soundscape resources (manuals, files, links, help)

Postby boxpressed » 2015-11-06 @ 01:44

Thanks, Phil. I think I'll start off with the USB solution on my notebook daily driver, then pull out a big Win 7 desktop if the quality isn't there.

The Opus has a decent patch set, doesn't require a TSR, and may have a quasi-intelligent MPU-401. Fun to play games with native Soundscape support.
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Re: Ensoniq Soundscape resources (manuals, files, links, help)

Postby moturimi1 » 2015-11-07 @ 20:59

Besides having a Soundscape Elite I also own 2 different sounscape ISA sound cards.

The original one with 2 MB ROM and the successor with 1 MB ROM. You can definately hear the difference:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/bi0ainjddgs4d ... B.mp3?dl=0
https://www.dropbox.com/s/qh8jw1a3uwnlv ... B.mp3?dl=0

The 1 MB version does not seem to share the same ROM as the OPUS and VIVO.
Compare the DOOM Soundtrack at 43:12 min: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXFYWJ7dbz0#
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Re: Ensoniq Soundscape resources (manuals, files, links, help)

Postby Tenorman » 2018-4-28 @ 19:03

I know that this thread is 2.5 years old, but it has been a big help to me, so I'm bumping it anyway. In particular the manual scans and the discussion on Page 2 about configuring an Opus vs. a regular Soundscape.

I swapped out my Opus for an S-2000 a few weeks ago and made some recordings. My card has some sort of balance issue (right channel is too quiet), but I recorded it anyway just to show the difference in the patch set.

http://tenorman.info/pc/soundscapes2000
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