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Reply 21 of 33, by Marmes

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you can find nice info about CS4237 in this ftp://ftp.alsa-project.org/pub/manuals/cirrus/4237b.pdf. For outputting SPDIF this can be done:
Orange = output , Yellow = Input
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They go to the DSP Audio data SP. 2nd option can cause a lot of noise because it goes from the analogue mixer, so it outputs all the noise, you can do it in windows. Also things depend on SPDIF receiver, maybe yours is too sensitive. Also Malibu lacks of spdif buffer. But this shouldn't be an issue. At least it's not with my receivers.

Reply 22 of 33, by Oetker

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appiah4 wrote on 2021-01-05, 14:05:
I'm currently trying out a 8330 (Not sure what revision, never lifted the sticker to check but the 3D spatializer appears to be […]
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I'm currently trying out a 8330 (Not sure what revision, never lifted the sticker to check but the 3D spatializer appears to be discrete so it's likely an A) in my Celeron 533 tinkerbox rig (which I use to basically tinker with various AGP/PCI/ISA cards for fun..)

Zoltrix-Audio-Plus-6400-3-D-Pn-P-V-5-AV310.jpg

This computer normally has an AWE64 Value in it. I am so pleasantly surprised by this card that I may possibly replace the AWE64 with this card + Dreamblaster S2.

It has decent line out, SPDIF In/Out, Wavetable header, bugfree MPU-401, what seems to be an integrated 100% OPL3 clone and both SB Pro and SB 16 compatibility. It is in theory the perfect ISA sound card. I just wish it had cleaner PCM. But it will do until the day comes when I can get an Orpheus 😁

The DOS drivers it comes with are a bit of a pain in the ass though. I believe UNISOUND covers this card so that's at least some relief.

I thought these chips didn't have SB16 compatibility (only some ALS cards) and that the OPL3 was bad? Interesting.

Reply 23 of 33, by Joseph_Joestar

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Oetker wrote on 2021-01-08, 07:11:

I thought these chips didn't have SB16 compatibility (only some ALS cards) and that the OPL3 was bad? Interesting.

The feature set of the CMI8330 is quite interesting. Gerwin did a nice a review of it in this thread: Re: Sound Blaster 16 Clones

Some FM synth recordings can also be found on YouTube.

Using Audigy drivers with a Sound Blaster Live
Installing DOS drivers on an Audigy2 ZS
OPL3 vs. ESFM vs. CQM vs. SBLive
OPTi 82C930 review

Reply 24 of 33, by appiah4

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PARUS wrote on 2021-01-07, 21:09:
It does not matter. Both TTL and COAX are full-fledged proper S/PDIF. They differ in signal amplitude only. If you have TTL (2-3 […]
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appiah4 wrote on 2021-01-06, 12:43:

Well, as far as I know its SPDIF In/Out is 5V and not directly compatible with most audio gear, no?

It does not matter. Both TTL and COAX are full-fledged proper S/PDIF. They differ in signal amplitude only. If you have TTL (2-3+ V, often 4-5V) and need COAX you can just use this:
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Not sure I get it.. Is CMI8830's SPDIF In/Out TTL or COAX?

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Reply 25 of 33, by Tiido

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The chip itself only outputs TTL, to get coax some extra stuff is necessary but this is true with pretty much all the different chips out there. Coax is 1Vpp into 75ohm load, and usually is transformer coupled to prevent ground loops from being a problem. TTL signals are meant for internal connectivity and they are 3.3 or 5Vpp signals not meant for driving 75ohm loads but conversion to/from is simple. The bracket shown on previous page does a very quick and dirty conversion using only a resistor divider but relies on whatever drives it having high enough current output for it to work (which shouldn't be a problem with 99% things). No transformer though. TOSLINK modules just take TTL signal directly and get galvanic isolation due to optic nature, so no transformers are necessary.

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Reply 26 of 33, by appiah4

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Tiido wrote on 2021-01-08, 09:46:

The chip itself only outputs TTL, to get coax some extra stuff is necessary but this is true with pretty much all the different chips out there. Coax is 1Vpp into 75ohm load, and usually is transformer coupled to prevent ground loops from being a problem. TTL signals are meant for internal connectivity and they are 3.3 or 5Vpp signals not meant for driving 75ohm loads but conversion to/from is simple. The bracket shown on previous page does a very quick and dirty conversion using only a resistor divider but relies on whatever drives it having high enough current output for it to work (which shouldn't be a problem with 99% things). No transformer though. TOSLINK modules just take TTL signal directly and get galvanic isolation due to optic nature, so no transformers are necessary.

Does this mean I can't just add a COAX out bracket and route to my amp? But I can route it internally to say a PCI sound card with optical out?

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Reply 27 of 33, by Tiido

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Yes, direct connection is not gonna work and in worst case will destroy the signal on the card. There needs to be some extra bits inline with the signal, such as two resistors (and ideally a transformer) as seen on the photo in previous page. You can do direct connection from one card's TTL output to another card's TTL input.

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Reply 28 of 33, by appiah4

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Tiido wrote on 2021-01-08, 13:15:

Yes, direct connection is not gonna work and in worst case will destroy the signal on the card. There needs to be some extra bits inline with the signal, such as two resistors (and ideally a transformer) as seen on the photo in previous page. You can do direct connection from one card's TTL output to another card's TTL input.

Ah, I see. So in order to get digital DOS sound I should pair this with a PCI card with optical out that I can initialize without a TSR in DOS.. I guess something like a Terratec DMX Xfire 1024 (CS4624) should work well as a pair? Easy to initialize without a TSR and would probably make quite a decent primary sound card for Windows 2K/XP.

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Reply 29 of 33, by Tiido

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I would simply get a suitable bracket or make my own. You only need one 374ohm resistor and one 90.9ohm resistor in addition to wires and connectors.

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Reply 30 of 33, by gdjacobs

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appiah4 wrote on 2021-01-08, 09:38:
PARUS wrote on 2021-01-07, 21:09:
It does not matter. Both TTL and COAX are full-fledged proper S/PDIF. They differ in signal amplitude only. If you have TTL (2-3 […]
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appiah4 wrote on 2021-01-06, 12:43:

Well, as far as I know its SPDIF In/Out is 5V and not directly compatible with most audio gear, no?

It does not matter. Both TTL and COAX are full-fledged proper S/PDIF. They differ in signal amplitude only. If you have TTL (2-3+ V, often 4-5V) and need COAX you can just use this:
s-l1600.jpg

Not sure I get it.. Is CMI8830's SPDIF In/Out TTL or COAX?

It's TTL.

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Reply 31 of 33, by pc-sound-legacy

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Oetker wrote on 2021-01-08, 07:11:
appiah4 wrote on 2021-01-05, 14:05:
I'm currently trying out a 8330 (Not sure what revision, never lifted the sticker to check but the 3D spatializer appears to be […]
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I'm currently trying out a 8330 (Not sure what revision, never lifted the sticker to check but the 3D spatializer appears to be discrete so it's likely an A) in my Celeron 533 tinkerbox rig (which I use to basically tinker with various AGP/PCI/ISA cards for fun..)

Zoltrix-Audio-Plus-6400-3-D-Pn-P-V-5-AV310.jpg

This computer normally has an AWE64 Value in it. I am so pleasantly surprised by this card that I may possibly replace the AWE64 with this card + Dreamblaster S2.

It has decent line out, SPDIF In/Out, Wavetable header, bugfree MPU-401, what seems to be an integrated 100% OPL3 clone and both SB Pro and SB 16 compatibility. It is in theory the perfect ISA sound card. I just wish it had cleaner PCM. But it will do until the day comes when I can get an Orpheus 😁

The DOS drivers it comes with are a bit of a pain in the ass though. I believe UNISOUND covers this card so that's at least some relief.

I thought these chips didn't have SB16 compatibility (only some ALS cards) and that the OPL3 was bad? Interesting.

As far as I remember, the generic cmi driver is pretty straight forward. Initialization / and mixer tool with gives nice options like enable/disable 3D, Loudness, bass and treble adjustments if I remember correctly. FM is 100% Yamaha OPL3 clone to my ears, I made comparisons, both OPL2 and OPL3:

https://youtu.be/cZpzgJGZmnc
https://youtu.be/pjz9or5VqDQ

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Reply 32 of 33, by appiah4

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Tiido wrote on 2021-01-08, 13:42:

I would simply get a suitable bracket or make my own. You only need one 374ohm resistor and one 90.9ohm resistor in addition to wires and connectors.

Maybe I am just being dumb but I cant find the referred image.. An image of the bracket or schematic would be nice so I can build one myself..

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Reply 33 of 33, by Tiido

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PARUS wrote on 2021-01-07, 21:09:
It does not matter. Both TTL and COAX are full-fledged proper S/PDIF. They differ in signal amplitude only. If you have TTL (2-3 […]
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It does not matter. Both TTL and COAX are full-fledged proper S/PDIF. They differ in signal amplitude only. If you have TTL (2-3+ V, often 4-5V) and need COAX you can just use this:
s-l1600.jpg

That image is right here...

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