FMonster, the monster of sound synth

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Re: FMonster, the monster of sound synth

Postby Tiido » 2019-4-04 @ 10:09

There are 2 extra channels on OPM/OPP which none of the OPN chips have and I'm pretty sure most games etc. are pushing all 8 channels.
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Re: FMonster, the monster of sound synth

Postby awgamer » 2019-4-04 @ 13:24

If OPN is a subset could go the other way around using a 2164.
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Re: FMonster, the monster of sound synth

Postby matze79 » 2019-4-21 @ 05:46

Whats the use of SEGA MD Sound inside a PC? is there any Software ?
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Re: FMonster, the monster of sound synth

Postby Fagear » 2019-4-24 @ 23:04

matze79 wrote:Whats the use of SEGA MD Sound inside a PC? is there any Software ?

Use: playback music from MD2, compose new.
Software: not known yet, wanted to be created.
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Re: FMonster, the monster of sound synth

Postby carlostex » 2019-5-07 @ 14:27

Scali wrote:We're currently working on reverse-engineering the FB-01 Z80 firmware and making a reimplementation in regular C, to be used for emulation in DOSBox or as a standalone Windows MIDI device.
Now I wonder... if you would put a YM2151 and some modern microcontroller on an ISA card (such as an Atmel, like the HardMPU), you could run the new firmware on there, and create an IMFC clone.
Might have to revisit that idea once the reimplementation works in software.


This would be awesome, tackling yet another rare sound standard.
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Re: FMonster, the monster of sound synth

Postby awgamer » 2019-5-07 @ 21:05

The FMonster has stereo Speech Thing but no Sound Blaster DAC/controller?
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Re: FMonster, the monster of sound synth

Postby Fagear » 2019-5-19 @ 23:14

awgamer wrote:The FMonster has stereo Speech Thing but no Sound Blaster DAC/controller?

The FMonster itself will not have any DAC functionality. Optional daughterboard will have Speech Thing compatibility. Sound Blaster and/or another DMA-capable DAC is not planned. But it still can be added as another daughterboard.

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Re: FMonster, the monster of sound synth

Postby MrSmiley381 » 2019-5-21 @ 12:48

Fagear wrote:What I plan to put onto main board of FMonter at the moment:
= clock generator
= DuoSID (2xSSI = 2xMOS6581) + address selector
= CMS (Creative Music System = 2xSAA1099)
= OPL3 (1xYMF262)
= Tandy PSG (1xSN76489)
= Stereo OPL2 (2xAdLib/SB = 2xYM3812)
= CSM (Covox Sound Master = 1xAY8930)
= mixer/filter

And there will be an optional daughterboard, which for the moment is planned to host:
= MIDI host controller (HardMPU-compatible)
= Stereo 8-bit DAC (2xCovox Speech Thing = 2xADAD7524)
= OPN2 (Sega MD = 1xYM2612)


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This setup is pretty much ideal for running every sound option for Ultima VI. I'm also curious to see how hard we can finagle software to use all of these sound options alongside a primary sound card. For example, Ultima Underworld has dual-OPL2 support and I think Ultima Underworld II does as well. I'm hoping the software setup can point to something like a Sound Blaster Pro 2 using Sound Blaster Pro 1 settings, with the ports for the OPL2 support set specifically to the addresses on FMonster. Or, even better, being able to point all the dual OPL2 Pro Audio Spectrum games at this would be absolutely bananas.

Fagear wrote:A chocolate bar. :-D


Add some copper heat sinks to these cards and call them peanuts.
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Re: FMonster, the monster of sound synth

Postby dr.zeissler » 2019-6-11 @ 07:17

Any idea when this mighty card will be released and how much it will cost?
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Re: FMonster, the monster of sound synth

Postby dogchainx » 2019-6-11 @ 21:17

Seriously. You guys really don't want my kids to go to college....

Ditto dr.zeissler's question.....
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Re: FMonster, the monster of sound synth

Postby Fagear » 2019-6-13 @ 01:54

dr.zeissler wrote:Any idea when this mighty card will be released and how much it will cost?

dogchainx wrote:Ditto dr.zeissler's question.....

Sorry, I still didn't test all debug modules... :depressed:
I presume it will be great if first full-length prototype will be ready in hardware until 2020.
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Re: FMonster, the monster of sound synth

Postby dr.zeissler » 2019-6-13 @ 05:07

I did some further testing on my setup. AFAIK the OPL3 is really good on my CS 4236, but OPL2 sounds strange/weird.
So OPL2 and MPU401i would be nice.
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