Newly made Gravis Ultrasound compatible cards ... what's the degree of interest?

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Re: Newly made Gravis Ultrasound compatible cards ... what's the degree of interest?

Postby eeguru » 2019-6-25 @ 04:11

Do you plan to sell these commercially? Any idea what the assembled/shipped price will be for an initial full run? ballpark?

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Re: Newly made Gravis Ultrasound compatible cards ... what's the degree of interest?

Postby 640K!enough » 2019-6-26 @ 23:59

eeguru wrote:Do you plan to sell these commercially? Any idea what the assembled/shipped price will be for an initial full run? ballpark?

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The last time we touched on this subject, the expectation was that some number of cards would be generally available, after the run for donors/contributors. Pricing has not been discussed as yet, and it is not known if fully-assembled cards will be offered, or if the assemble-it-yourself arrangement will be maintained. As yet, there is no possibility to reserve a card or confirm a spot on the list.
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Re: Newly made Gravis Ultrasound compatible cards ... what's the degree of interest?

Postby Sev80 » 2019-6-27 @ 00:53

The current boards being shipped off are for beta testing, correct?
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Re: Newly made Gravis Ultrasound compatible cards ... what's the degree of interest?

Postby 640K!enough » 2019-6-27 @ 01:05

The boards being shipped now are still prototypes, but no additional features are being considered. Barring major problems, the current design is the same as the one that will be made available to donors and contributors once testing is complete.
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Re: Newly made Gravis Ultrasound compatible cards ... what's the degree of interest?

Postby shock__ » 2019-6-29 @ 11:04

Some small updates:
I've had the chance to test one of the ARGUS Prototypes with an MT-32 (Rev. 0), seems to work as expected, complete with occasional Buffer Overflows, sometimes instruments not being properly reprogrammed or songs randomly hanging (same happened with a Terratec Base 1).
Most programs we've run (Tempest 2000 [excessive instrument reprogramming], stunts [some reprogramming, custom LCD messages], Lotus3 [generic test since I know the tunes quite well]) sounded alright most of the time ... the only game that didn't work was "The hidden below" which very likely assumes the Midi Interface to be located at 0x330, IRQ 9 when he had to put the IRQ to 10 (no idea what exactly blocked it ... setup kept complaining, updating IW.ini manually yielded no improvement). Contrary to the classic GUS boards, there's no breakout box required, an ordinary "soundblaster style" DB15 -> 2x DIN5 cable works.

Also be "careful" when using the "InterWave EEPROM Toolz" and you have a board that prints out the ANSI strings for PnP cards on POST (my test setup doesn't, but the board from in a friend's machine does) ... it will rename your card to "Gravis Ultrasound Plug'n'Pray" ;) This can easily be changed back - starting from the 16th value the EEPROM (can be read out/written back with PNPMAP) there's string of ASCII characters which can be adapted to ones content. Having figured that out now/looked into things I will likely do a custom EEPROM file with a custom ARGUS string.
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Re: Newly made Gravis Ultrasound compatible cards ... what's the degree of interest?

Postby 640K!enough » 2019-6-29 @ 15:05

I was rather planning on putting together a custom ARGUS resource map anyhow. It may actually be a good idea to deviate slightly from the old Gravis map for our purposes. I'm still looking into that and a few other details related to resource allocation.
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Re: Newly made Gravis Ultrasound compatible cards ... what's the degree of interest?

Postby the Goat » 2019-7-01 @ 16:44

shock__ wrote:it will rename your card to "Gravis Ultrasound Plug'n'Pray"

Is "pray" a typo, joke or is that really what it renames it to?
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Re: Newly made Gravis Ultrasound compatible cards ... what's the degree of interest?

Postby Tiido » 2019-7-01 @ 17:06

Definitely not a typo, PnP often doesn't work :P
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Re: Newly made Gravis Ultrasound compatible cards ... what's the degree of interest?

Postby shock__ » 2019-7-01 @ 18:22

Basically what Tiido said ... even tho i'd replace "often" with "sometimes" :P

Also on sunday we gave MIDIFIER a spin, it's a small tool that was originally designed for the classic GUS but also works with the ARGUS which turns your PC + GUS into a full blown midi synthesizer that can be controlled with a midi keyboard (confirms MIDI IN on the ARGUS works).
Just think of the possiblities! ARGUS powered wedding chapels!
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