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Reply 260 of 267, by pii_legacy

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Woah, having the Gerber files for one of these cards is pretty insane. Being able to DIY an OPL4 card could be really fun.

I have a Megaimage-32 card (OPTi based) with an OPL3 on it, and it gets the job done for SB16 compatibility, but the FM is SO LOUD!! I haven't looked into it yet, but i'm sure some choice of components on the board is not ideal, since the FM is so loud even when mixed to a lower volume and distorts quite easily.

Reply 262 of 267, by Oetker

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Bancho wrote on 2020-06-27, 16:12:
I have these two ALS 100 Cards With Onboard Crystal/Dream Synth. 1MB Rom i think. They sound really really good for an ALS card. […]
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I have these two ALS 100 Cards With Onboard Crystal/Dream Synth. 1MB Rom i think. They sound really really good for an ALS card. Not noisy at all!

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Those look awesome!

Reply 263 of 267, by TechieDude

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Bancho wrote on 2020-06-27, 16:12:
I have these two ALS 100 Cards With Onboard Crystal/Dream Synth. 1MB Rom i think. They sound really really good for an ALS card. […]
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I have these two ALS 100 Cards With Onboard Crystal/Dream Synth. 1MB Rom i think. They sound really really good for an ALS card. Not noisy at all!

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They also look really good. However, they seem to lack OPL3...

Reply 264 of 267, by appiah4

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TechieDude wrote on 2020-06-28, 17:12:

They also look really good. However, they seem to lack OPL3...

Having collected over 100 sound cards in my search for the Bestestest sound card I can clearly tell you that genıuine OPL3 is the most overrated ISA card feature. I would rather have that clear Crysatl PCM audio and CrystalFM over most OPL3 card's shitty noise floors.

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Reply 265 of 267, by Joseph_Joestar

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appiah4 wrote on 2020-06-29, 06:39:

Having collected over 100 sound cards in my search for the Bestestest sound card I can clearly tell you that genıuine OPL3 is the most overrated ISA card feature.

I agree with this in general, but there's that rare situation where you've played a certain game on OPL3 so many times that you've practically memorized the songs. Under that scenario, using even a slightly different FM synth will sound wrong to you.

I would rather have that clear Crysatl PCM audio and CrystalFM over most OPL3 card's shitty noise floors.

Yeah, most ISA cards with genuine OPL3 tend to be somewhat noisy. For a noise-free OPL3 experience, a PCI Yamaha YMF 7x4 card is probably the best, since they generally have a low noise floor and even come with a SPDIF header on some models.

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Reply 266 of 267, by TechieDude

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appiah4 wrote on 2020-06-29, 06:39:

Having collected over 100 sound cards in my search for the Bestestest sound card I can clearly tell you that genıuine OPL3 is the most overrated ISA card feature. I would rather have that clear Crysatl PCM audio and CrystalFM over most OPL3 card's shitty noise floors.

I don't think it's because of the OPL3 itself, but rather the shitty design of the cards themselves, and if you don't really care about FM accuracy, CrystalFM would be just fine. However, I prefer accurate OPL3 because I like to listen to Adlib Tracker files, so to me, it is a bit more important.

Reply 267 of 267, by gdjacobs

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appiah4 wrote on 2020-06-29, 06:39:
TechieDude wrote on 2020-06-28, 17:12:

They also look really good. However, they seem to lack OPL3...

Having collected over 100 sound cards in my search for the Bestestest sound card I can clearly tell you that genıuine OPL3 is the most overrated ISA card feature. I would rather have that clear Crysatl PCM audio and CrystalFM over most OPL3 card's shitty noise floors.

That's why CS4232 cards with genuine OPL3 are so prized.

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