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First post, by dreamblaster

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EDIT: now available at serdashop : https://www.serdashop.com/McFly

A new waveblaster card in the making : McFly

A VS1053 based wavetable synth...
Back to the future with this low end sci fi chip synth squeak DOS game experience

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Last edited by dreamblaster on 2020-11-04, 16:02. Edited 3 times in total.

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Reply 1 of 35, by hard1k

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Cool! What's about the WaveROM? I don't see any mention of it in the datasheet, nor there is any dicrete on the PCB.

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Reply 2 of 35, by dreamblaster

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hard1k wrote on 2020-10-04, 21:02:

Cool! What's about the WaveROM? I don't see any mention of it in the datasheet, nor there is any dicrete on the PCB.

I also don't know, i think it is very small

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Reply 3 of 35, by matze79

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a MP3 player ic ?

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Reply 5 of 35, by Kamerat

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Neat little board.

darry wrote on 2020-10-04, 22:17:

I wonder if it has any common heritage with the Thunderbird Avenger DSP line from the 90s .

VLSI Solution is another company than VLSI Technology. Philips acquired the latter one in 1999 and it survives as NXP Semiconductors.

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Kamerat wrote on 2020-10-05, 00:22:
darry wrote on 2020-10-04, 22:17:

I wonder if it has any common heritage with the Thunderbird Avenger DSP line from the 90s .

VLSI Solution is another company than VLSI Technology. Philips acquired the latter one in 1999 and it survives as NXP Semiconductors.

Thank you. It seems I never got the memo on that .

Reply 8 of 35, by dreamblaster

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Mc Fly prototype ready and working,
playing low end midi chip sound !

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Reply 10 of 35, by dreamblaster

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A bit of mixed results with this chip, nevertheless it is interesting :
Some tracks sound good, others sound terrible.

I made a recording of 'Aliens ate my railway' from transport tycoon :
https://soundcloud.com/dreamblaster/mcfly-pla … s-ate-myrailway

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Reply 11 of 35, by dreamblaster

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For some more examples of the sound, check out recordings of Hummtaro's VS1053 based waveblaster board : https://youtu.be/sT3MQPtlaRI
As it uses the same chip, McFly sounds the same as Hummtaro's board.

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Reply 12 of 35, by dreamblaster

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Okay made the board available in my shop : https://www.serdashop.com/McFly
Cheap module, cheap sound,.. This is a limited batch of 10pcs.
I will only do a next run, if there is sufficient interest.

Last edited by dreamblaster on 2020-11-04, 21:34. Edited 1 time in total.

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Reply 13 of 35, by dreamblaster

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Where's the swatter ?

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Reply 15 of 35, by cyclone3d

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Welp.. I ordered one as well as a Chill Box.

The recording for Monkey Island 2 is pretty bad compared to MT-32 but whatevs... I probably have some others that sound just as bad.

Next you need one named Doc.

Did you name it the McFly because it sounds like poo?

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Reply 16 of 35, by dreamblaster

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cyclone3d wrote on 2020-11-04, 19:09:

Did you name it the McFly because it sounds like poo?

Tnx !
Because it buzzes like a fly
Maybe if I find another low end chip, I make Biff

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Reply 17 of 35, by cyclone3d

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What would be really cool is an OPL4 based card. There is a seller on eBay that sells the OPL4 chips but I haven't checked for them anywhere else.

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Reply 18 of 35, by dreamblaster

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DOOM E1M1 : McFly version - it sounds weirds

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Reply 19 of 35, by cyclone3d

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I likes it for some weird reason.

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