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Media Vision Pro Audio Spectrum and Pro Audio Spectrum 16?

Postby Mau1wurf1977 » 2011-3-28 @ 23:09

I noticed that DOSBox doesn't (yet) support these cards!

There are quite a few games with native support for PAS, which gives you Stereo FM in many games that are Mono only on a Sound Blaster.

The original 8 bit PAS used dual OPL2, just like the Sound Blaster Pro and the later PAS 16 uses an OPL3 just like most other cards.

Some games to test are PQ3 for the PAS and Space Quest 4 for the PAS 16.

Would be a nice feature, seeing we have support for Game Blaster as well...
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Re: Media Vision Pro Audio Spectrum and Pro Audio Spectrum 16?

Postby h-a-l-9000 » 2011-3-29 @ 10:31

Is there any freely available technical documentation?
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Re: Media Vision Pro Audio Spectrum and Pro Audio Spectrum 16?

Postby Mau1wurf1977 » 2011-3-29 @ 12:57

Hmm I didn't find much, but maybe this is a start?

I uploaded that file if anyone wants to have a crack at it. It will initialise differently, because selecting a PAS16 driver (Space Quest 4) will get you an error on a Sound Blaster Pro or 16.

Other games just say OPL3 (Descent) and those games work on the PAS16 and Sound Blaster Pro / 16.

Pro Audio Spectrum programming

pas-sdk.arj 431K Pro Audio Spectrum SDK


Source: http://www.dcee.net/Files/Programm/Sound/

Reason about my interest is because PAS cards are impossible to get. PAS16 are easy to find, but they aren't compatible to the old dual OPL2 cards.

And only with that PAS card can you have awesome Stereo FM sound in some of the early 90s games such as Police Quest 3 and others.
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Re: Media Vision Pro Audio Spectrum and Pro Audio Spectrum 16?

Postby h-a-l-9000 » 2011-3-31 @ 12:06

Yes this is a good start. For somebody who has the time...
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Re: Media Vision Pro Audio Spectrum and Pro Audio Spectrum 16?

Postby Mau1wurf1977 » 2011-3-31 @ 12:08

h-a-l-9000 wrote:Yes this is a good start. For somebody who has the time...


Yea no worries.

I also have sample recordings and examples of good games to test.

Maybe one day. I'm patient and hopeful...
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Re: Media Vision Pro Audio Spectrum and Pro Audio Spectrum 16?

Postby P4R4D0X » 2012-10-07 @ 16:17

Just joined the forums to be able to post here, so hello everyone! I've been a regular idler on the DOSBox IRC on Freenode, and I checked VOGONS as a guest up until now. Now I have the ability to reply to this old and forgotten topic.

A couple days before I wanted to watch some videos on YouTube about Media Vision's Pro Audio Spectrum, but only found one video. Checked the description and saw that it was recorded with DOSBox but the sound is from the real hardware. Now wait a second! There's no support for that in DOSBox. I did a Google search and found this topic, read it and I support the idea. There's a bunch of MS-DOS games that support this hardware, but unfortunately it's still just a SoundBlaster clone, and the possibility to get the Pro Audio Spectrum emulated in DOSBox is nearly 0% unless some knowledgeable person programs the thing, and makes a patch for us. This could take a lot of time effort, and still it may not make it in the DOSBox mainline.

Saw that we need as much information as possible in order to start coding the emulator module for the project, and we only have so far an SDK. That may or may not be sufficient to finish the emulation module. Unfortunately I'm not a programmer, but I can differentiate a C/C++ and a ASM or Pascal source code. So my ability to code is absolutely zero! I know how to compile stuff though. However I'm got at finding information about stuff, so I thought I save some time for the person who is willing to write the stuff for us. I'm totally fine if nobody wants to do that, or it will never happen. It's just a wish of mine and Mau1wurf1977's, so please don't bash us.

Here are the stuff I found out about the Pro Audio Spectrum! Beware that there's a lot of stuff and I hope I can post everything in a single post and I don't have to split things up.

First things first is Wikipedia. Duh everybody can do that, here's the stuff anyway for those who are lazy to look it up. It's obvious that Media Vision went bankrupt, but it was somewhat successful and made some cheaper alternatives for Creative's SoundBlaster cards. They founded the company in 1990 and did business up until 1995is.

Here are the two most important links for Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Media_Vision

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Pro Audio Spectrum (1991): 8-bit ISA audio card with CD-ROM interface.
Pro Audio Spectrum Plus: ISA audio card, 8-bit digital sampling, 16-bit digital audio playback with CD-ROM interface, Sound Blaster compatibility.
Pro Audio Spectrum 16 (May 1992): 16-bit ISA card with CD-ROM interface, 16-bit stereo digital audio, stereo FM synthesis, Sound Blaster compatibility; based on the MVD101 chipset.
Thunder Board: low-cost 8-bit ISA Sound Blaster compatible sound.
Thunder and Lightning: VGA adapter with Sound Blaster compatible sound.
Pro Audio Studio 16: enhanced version of the Pro Audio Spectrum 16 sound card, bundled with voice-recognition software and a microphone.
Pro Audio 16 Basic: Stripped down version of Pro Audio Spectrum 16, without SCSI interface, the bundled voice recognition software and microphone; based on the MVD101 chipset.
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Pro Sonic 16: Based on Media Vision's JAZZ 16 chipset (not compatible with the Pro Audio Spectrum line).
Pro 3-D: Based on Media Vision's JAZZ 16 chipset (not compatible with the Pro Audio Spectrum line), with built-in SRS surround sound, and KORG wavetable daughter board.

Interesting links from the same Wikipedia article which lists some more cards. Unfortunately there are some Chinese characters but nothing to worry about. It's just a nice list of cards that Media Vision made during the time.
http://www.yjfy.com/Hardware/video/MEDIAvision.htm
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Media_Vision_Pro_AudioSpectrum

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Pro AudioSpectrum 16 with SCSI CD-ROM interface
The Media Vision Pro AudioSpectrum (commonly referred to as "PAS") family of personal computer sound cards included the original 8-bit Pro AudioSpectrum (1991), the 8-bit Pro AudioSpectrum Plus, 16-bit Pro AudioSpectrum 16, Pro AudioSpectrum 16 Basic and 16-bit Pro Audio Studio. All PAS cards with the exception of Pro AudioSpectrum 16 Basic could connect to CD-ROM drives—variants having SCSI or various proprietary interfaces—and many were sold in multimedia kits with compatible CD-ROM drives.

Though the 8-bit Pro AudioSpectrum cards were only modestly successful, the 16 bit-series cards aimed toward semi-professional users and hobby musicians were quite popular. These gave serious competition to the SoundBlaster 16. Most games in the mid 1990s had genuine support for the PAS cards, thus the lack of Sound Blaster Pro and Sound Blaster 16 compatibility was not much of a problem.

Media Vision was the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of the Logitech SoundMan (also marketed as Pro AudioSpectrum 16 Basic) card, which was compatible with the PAS and could thus use the same drivers.
Digital and FM audio
The 16-bit PAS cards employed a relabeled CODEC chip made by Crystal Semiconductors of Austin, Texas (now part of Cirrus Logic) for digital audio playback and recording and an AdLib-compatible Yamaha OPL3 FM music synthesizer. The 8-bit versions used different DAC and ADC parts for playback and recording and used dual AdLib-compatible Yamaha OPL2 FM music synthesizers to create stereo sound.

Sound Blaster compatibility
To provide true compatibility with the Sound Blaster's 8-bit playback on its 8-bit Pro AudioSpectrum Plus and 16-bit Pro AudioSpectrum 16, Media Vision included the same sound processor chip it used on its Thunder Board card. Thus, there were actually two digital audio playback devices on these cards that could also be used at the same time. The analog output of each of the two digital audio channels was combined in the on-board analog mixer.

CD-ROM interface
All Pro AudioSpectrum cards included a CD-ROM interface.

Most PAS cards were equipped with a NCR-designed 5380 SCSI controller made by Zilog that boasted a data transfer rate of 690kB/s using PIO (DMA was not supported); though intended for use with CD-ROM drives, these could interface with other SCSI devices with drivers written by Trantor Systems; Windows 95 includes drivers for the PAS SCSI interface and autodetects it as a PAS 16 Trantor SCSI host adaptor.

Other PAS cards included proprietary interfaces to CD-ROM drives they were packaged with. These included drives made by Sony and Matsushita (Panasonic). There was also variant with LMSI controller for LMSI Philips CM205, CM206 CD-ROM drives.

MIDI and game port
Each Pro AudioSpectrum sound card included a MPU401-compatible MIDI and Gameport interface similar to those on Sound Blaster cards.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thunder_Board

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Thunder Board
The Thunder Board was an 8-bit mono personal computer integrated circuit sound card from Media Vision, that had Sound Blaster compatibility at a reduced price. It was widely advertised as “proudly made in the USA”; possibly a reference to the Sound Blaster, manufactured by the competing Singapore-based Creative Technologies.

Other features included:
8 Bit mono record and playback of .VOC files
Yamaha YM3812 OPL2 FM Synth
2 Watt output
Joystick Port
8 Bit ISA bus
Volume Control
Powered Output Jack
Microphone Input Jack
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http://nerdlypleasures.blogspot.com/2012/07/observations-on-8-bit-video-and-sound.html
Mediavision Pro Audio Spectrum (PAS)

AdLib compatible, no Sound Blaster compatiblity. Requires loading MVSOUND.SYS in CONFIG.SYS for card to work. 8-bit @ 44.1kHz DAC support. SCSI CD-ROM interface. Better noise characteristics than any 8-bit Sound Blaster. Stereo FM using 2 x OPL2 chipsets. There are games from Sierra that support this card for stereo FM music that do not support the Sound Blaster Pro. The MIDI interface has no MPU-401 compatibility.

The PAS can emulate the PC Speaker without having to route the sound from the motherboard. This is weird, however, since there is a header for the analog PC speaker output from the motherboard on the card.

The jumper settings for the original, 8-bit Pro Audio Spectrum are hard to find online and not marked on the circuit board. Look here, which also gives the pinout for the CD Audio input header:
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Mediavision Thunderboard

AdLib and Sound Blaster 1.5 compatible clone (no CMS) with a volume wheel. Some games have a Thunderboard install option for better compatibility. Claims dynamic filtering for better output quality. Supposed to be reported as a 2.0, presumably because it supports auto-init DMA as does a SB 1.5 with DSP v2.01. The Thunderboard can disable the FM via jumper to work alongside the PAS and provide Sound Blaster compatibility to the Pro Audio Spectrum. (I assume you can do the same thing on a real Sound Blaster by removing the YM3812 chip.) The PAS16 would use the Thunderboard chipset for Sound Blaster compatibility. Do not use in a Tandy 1000 T/R/SL because the DMA channel cannot be changed or disabled. Interestingly, for a Sound Blaster clone it does not support MIDI output of any kind from the joystick port. Its jumper settings are here:
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http://ipggi.wordpress.com/2008/04/26/dosbox-sound-emulation/
Pro AudioSpectrum (PAS)

Twin 9 channel FM synthesis, 8bit DSP, stereo
Created by newly formed Californian based Media Vision. The first Pro AudioSpectrum released in 1991 was an 8 bit stereo card that used two YM3812 chips for FM music and had its own DSP chip. I am pretty sure the DSP chip was stereo but was not Sound Blaster compatible, limiting its appeal. It did however include a SCSI CDROM interface allowing the connection of a then new to market CDROM drive. In this era there were significant savings to have had for buyers who purchased a Pro AudioSpectrum instead of a SoundBlaster Pro with a separate SCSI card.

There is no AudioSpectum emulation in DOSBox.
Pro AudioSpectrum Plus / 16 (PAS)

18 channel FM synthesis, 16bit 44KHz DSP, stereo
Released in 1992 the PAS 16 supported 16 bit 44KHz playback and 16 bit recording. Because of the built in SCSI CDROM interface, the card would often be bundled with expensive multi-media packages which included a CDROM drive. The 16 bit PAS was price at the same point as Creative’s 8 bit Sound Blaster Pro making it a popular choice for non-gamers.

The PAS Plus and PAS 16 are essentially the same cards for audio playback. They are both backwardly compatible with AdLib, Sound Blaster 1.5 and the original PAS.

There is no AudioSpectum Plus/16 emulation in DOSBox.
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http://stason.org/TULARC/pc/sound-cards-multimedia/16snd_t.html
MEDIA VISION TECHNOLOGY, INC. 16-BIT AUDIO CARD
MEDIA VISION TECHNOLOGY, INC. 700-1031-11 (SANYO 94S/60)
MEDIA VISION TECHNOLOGY, INC. 700-1113-02 (5302B/152)
MEDIA VISION TECHNOLOGY, INC. 700-1127-01 (SA254S/111)
MEDIA VISION TECHNOLOGY, INC. 700-1166-01 (94A/66)
MEDIA VISION TECHNOLOGY, INC. 700-1169-01 (SA94S/87)
MEDIA VISION TECHNOLOGY, INC. DELUXE SOUND BOARD (650-0123-01)
MEDIA VISION TECHNOLOGY, INC. DELUXE SOUND CARD
MEDIA VISION TECHNOLOGY, INC. DOUBLE FUSION LX LSMI (650-0082-03)
MEDIA VISION TECHNOLOGY, INC. FUSION CD 16
MEDIA VISION TECHNOLOGY, INC. FUSION CD16 REV. D (650-0032-01)
MEDIA VISION TECHNOLOGY, INC. FUSION CD16 S/E LMSI (650-0042-01)
MEDIA VISION TECHNOLOGY, INC. GETTING STARTED(SANYO 94A/123)
MEDIA VISION TECHNOLOGY, INC. GUIDE PREMIUM 3D MCD
MEDIA VISION TECHNOLOGY, INC. MEMPHIS
MEDIA VISION TECHNOLOGY, INC. MM DBL CD-16 PHILLIPS 206
MEDIA VISION TECHNOLOGY, INC. MV 4000 PREMIUM 3D SCSI 2 (650-0111-01)
MEDIA VISION TECHNOLOGY, INC. PREMIUM 3D MULTI CD (650-0090-05)
MEDIA VISION TECHNOLOGY, INC. PRO 16 CD III
MEDIA VISION TECHNOLOGY, INC. PRO AUDIO SPECTRUM 16 (700-0271)
MEDIA VISION TECHNOLOGY, INC. PRO AUDIO SPECTRUM 16 BASIC (650-0053-52)
MEDIA VISION TECHNOLOGY, INC. PRO AUDIO SPECTRUM 16 REV.C (650-0022-01)
MEDIA VISION TECHNOLOGY, INC. PRO AUDIO SPECTRUM 16 REV.D (650-0097-05)
MEDIA VISION TECHNOLOGY, INC. PRO AUDIO SPECTRUM REV.D (650-0044-01)
MEDIA VISION TECHNOLOGY, INC. PRO AUDIO STUDIO 16 (650-0060-02)
MEDIA VISION TECHNOLOGY, INC. PRO AUDIO STUDIO 16 (650-0091-03)
MEDIA VISION TECHNOLOGY, INC. PRO AUDIO WAVEREADY 16
MEDIA VISION TECHNOLOGY, INC. PRO AUDIO WAVETABLE (650-0152-51), PRO AUDIO WAVETABLE IDE (650-0154-52)
MEDIA VISION TECHNOLOGY, INC. PRO AUDIO WAVETABLE 32
MEDIA VISION TECHNOLOGY, INC. PRO AUDIO WAVETABLE SCSI
MEDIA VISION TECHNOLOGY, INC. PRO AUDIOSPECTRUM PLUS
MEDIA VISION TECHNOLOGY, INC. PRO SONIC 16 (650-0066-02)
MEDIA VISION TECHNOLOGY, INC. PRO SONIC 16 FD-SCSI (650-0087-03)
MEDIA VISION TECHNOLOGY, INC. PRO SONIC 16 PANASONIC (650-0066-04)
MEDIA VISION TECHNOLOGY, INC. SPECTRUM 16 (700-0171-02)
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PRO AUDIO SPECTRUM REV.D (650-0044-01)
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http://nsd.dyndns.org/pas16/
The Pro Audio Spectrum 16 (pas16) is an obsolete ISA non-Pnp audio card produced by Media Vision, a company that went down in flames after the CEO was discovered cooking the books. That said, I own one and the sound quality is quite nice. And when I wanted to use it (in place of a PoC SBPro; 8bit+22Khz max? feh!) I could not find documentation online about the jumper settings. Hence what follows.

Pro Audio Spectrum 16 jumpers

There appears to be more than one board labeled "PAS16" out there. This diagram does not match my board at all, but maybe it matches yours. My board has a much smaller cdrom connector than the 50-pin scsi connector that that site shows, and the silkscreen reads "(c)1993 PRO AUDIO 16 LMSI 650-0082-03-A FCC ID: IXW-LMSI2". My board is a full length 16-bit ISA card, and there is a depopulated 20-pin J2 at the top edge of the board. On top of that some diagrams in my manual are obviously mislabeled.

The native sound portion of the PAS16 is based at I/O address 0x388 and uses IRQ 10, DMA 3.

The sound blaster compatability circuitry uses IRQ 5, DMA 1, and is based at 0x220, like the default sound blaster settings.
http://www.wi-inf.uni-essen.de/~schwarze/nt/karten/sound3.html
http://www.wi-inf.uni-essen.de/~schwarze/nt/karten/sound4.html
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http://ejneary.home.comcast.net/~ejneary/
http://ejneary.home.comcast.net/~ejneary/mv.html

This is John Neary's website. He was employee #42 at Media Vision. Has some neat images of the cards that the company did, and maybe he can provide us some further more information. You will find Mr. Neary's email address on the bottom of the page on his website.
In October of 1991,I joined a company called Media Vison Incorporated. This page is a partial history of the company as I watched it grow and then fold. When I joined the company, I was employee #42 and the company eventually reached to almost 500 employees at its high point. When I left, there were a little over 200 employees left and dwindling FAST!
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http://queststudios.com/smf/index.php?topic=3341.0

Also I found some neat discussion on the QuestStudios forums that is related somewhat with the topic that Mau1wurf1977 started here on VOGONS.
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There are some Linux related stuff too on kernel.org and other websites that provide some information about the Pro Audio Spectrum cards. I'm not sure if these are useful, but it's worth take a look I guess. The Linux kernel has support for the Pro Audio Spectrum 16, Studio 16 and Logitech SoundMan 16 cards, however not the original Pro Audio Spectrum or the Pro Audio Spectrum Plus cards. So we have some source code now.

http://www.kernel.org/doc/Documentation/sound/oss/PAS16
http://grox.net/doc/linux/howto-OLD-VERSIONS/Sound-HOWTO-html/Sound-HOWTO-3.html
http://luv.asn.au/overheads/linux_sound/snd_struct.html
http://ftp.heanet.ie/mirrors/ftp.slackware.com/pub/slackware/slackware-3.1/docs/Sound-HOWTO
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http://books.google.ro/books?id=ibLa4I5EnC4C&lpg=PA294&ots=ejFJo43YZD&dq=pro%20audio%20spectrum%20media%20vision&pg=PP1#v=onepage&q=pro%20audio%20spectrum%20media%20vision&f=false
http://www.amazon.com/Pro-Audio-16-Official-Book/dp/0078819792

Here are some books that could be useful, especially the second one. It may include some technical documentation, but I'm not sure. There's no digital copies out there that we can obtain.
The Official handbook on the Pro AudioSpectrum line of sound cards. Comprehensive coverage ranges from installation basics to getting the most from sound manipulation techniques. The reader should learn to use the entire MediaVision family of sound products including the latest. Hot new tricks are revealed, using the software bundled with the MediaVision sound cards. Details on accessories such as speakers, CD-ROMS and joy-sticks are included, as well as a disk packed with music, sound effects and multimedia utilities for Dos and Windows.
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http://www.mpoli.fi/files/hardware/SOUND/PAS/index.html

These are just some drivers and utilities. Nothing special, but might be useful. Maybe they can be reversed.
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And last but not least some more utilities, drivers, SDK (at least tree of them and they are even bigger than the one already in this topic). This is the most valuable archive that I have and found. It even has FAQs, support emails, reviews, software support list and more. Check them out, because I'm not going trough all of the archives... lol!
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#  Archive C:\PROAUDIO.ZIP
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\CDPLAYER
2012-10-06 18:32         13397         13250  77cd0ad9  PROAUDIO\CDPLAYER\CDPLAYER.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\CDSTUFF
2012-10-06 18:32         61822         60976  3e30bb43  PROAUDIO\CDSTUFF\CDSTUFF.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\COMPTONS
2012-10-06 18:32         56739         56471  a207078b  PROAUDIO\COMPTONS\COMPTONS.ZIP
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\CONSOU
2012-10-06 18:32       1442560       1440445  be40f326  PROAUDIO\CONSOU\CONSOU.EXE
2012-10-06 18:32         34628         33039  75d153aa  PROAUDIO\CONSOU\CONSOUND.EX_
2012-10-06 18:32          9666          9332  f6a9f009  PROAUDIO\CONSOU\CONSOUND.HL_
2012-10-06 18:32         16556         15946  ea9c83fc  PROAUDIO\CONSOU\MCI.VB_
2012-10-06 18:32          8898          8523  f3ad8a31  PROAUDIO\CONSOU\PICCLIP.VB_
2012-10-06 18:32          1047           469  0a828cf2  PROAUDIO\CONSOU\README.TXT
2012-10-06 18:32         14848          8191  b71b9dc6  PROAUDIO\CONSOU\SETUP.EXE
2012-10-06 18:32            26            28  6832c922  PROAUDIO\CONSOU\SETUP.LST
2012-10-06 18:32         22289          8705  2e524e00  PROAUDIO\CONSOU\SETUP1.EXE
2012-10-06 18:32          7008          2868  ce901129  PROAUDIO\CONSOU\SETUPKIT.DLL
2012-10-06 18:32          3354           770  d87f0c3a  PROAUDIO\CONSOU\SOUNDS.INI
2012-10-06 18:32           171           121  5ba8b97d  PROAUDIO\CONSOU\SOUND_MT.INI
2012-10-06 18:32         31220         30304  a13e07f3  PROAUDIO\CONSOU\THREED.VB_
2012-10-06 18:32          3138           230  c1092011  PROAUDIO\CONSOU\TOMSEND.MID
2012-10-06 18:32          8619          8248  968efec3  PROAUDIO\CONSOU\TRANS.BM_
2012-10-06 18:32       1115520       1053037  730628a7  PROAUDIO\CONSOU\TRANS.WAV
2012-10-06 18:32        246403        236418  d419a689  PROAUDIO\CONSOU\VBRUN200.DL_
2012-10-06 18:32          8736          5184  ca702c43  PROAUDIO\CONSOU\VER.DLL
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\DISK1
2012-10-06 18:32        212386        193437  2e01a709  PROAUDIO\DISK1\DISK1.ZIP
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\DISK2
2012-10-06 18:32        393534        382135  01b9862d  PROAUDIO\DISK2\DISK2.ZIP
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\EISACFG
2012-10-06 18:32          1333          1338  ba0cbe64  PROAUDIO\EISACFG\EISACFG.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\FDDMAIRQ
2012-10-06 18:32         52853         52850  10d66633  PROAUDIO\FDDMAIRQ\FDDMAIRQ.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\FLKYB
2012-10-06 18:32           443           423  b5bdd155  PROAUDIO\FLKYB\FLKYB.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\FM301
2012-10-06 18:32          5788          5587  35bd32c5  PROAUDIO\FM301\FM301.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\FM41A
2012-10-06 18:32          6849          5920  c53772bd  PROAUDIO\FM41A\FM41A.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\FM42A
2012-10-06 18:32         14427         14085  096a3893  PROAUDIO\FM42A\FM42.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\FMPCM
2012-10-06 18:32          3041          3046  519f161c  PROAUDIO\FMPCM\FMPCM.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\FMSYN101
2012-10-06 18:32         46759         46639  6d0feac3  PROAUDIO\FMSYN101\FMSYN101.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\FREQ3
2012-10-06 18:32        109616        109598  6ad64ba3  PROAUDIO\FREQ3\FREQ3.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\FUNSRC
2012-10-06 18:32         10047          9904  8d100e8f  PROAUDIO\FUNSRC\FUNSRC.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\GW2000
2012-10-06 18:32         41532         41183  83e275d6  PROAUDIO\GW2000\GW2000.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\HUMFIX
2012-10-06 18:32          7664          7437  a450c967  PROAUDIO\HUMFIX\HUMFIX.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\IRQDMA
2012-10-06 18:32         15569         15359  d4a6b145  PROAUDIO\IRQDMA\IRQDMA.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\IT15
2012-10-06 18:32        538573        536803  de1779b3  PROAUDIO\IT15\IT15.ZIP
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\JROB
2012-10-06 18:32        611066        604202  10363540  PROAUDIO\JROB\JROB.ZIP
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\MERGE
2012-10-06 18:32         11128         11133  6ef498b2  PROAUDIO\MERGE\MERGE.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\MIDIDR13
2012-10-06 18:32          5676          5681  56ffe809  PROAUDIO\MIDIDR13\MIDIDR13.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\MIDIKB
2012-10-06 18:32        106070        103366  8da5f26c  PROAUDIO\MIDIKB\MIDIKB.ZIP
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\MIDIMUTT
2012-10-06 18:32         10288         10236  cf908cb9  PROAUDIO\MIDIMUTT\MIDIMUTT.ZIP
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\MIDIQA
2012-10-06 18:32         17654         17659  6e9be0b8  PROAUDIO\MIDIQA\MIDIQA.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\MONO16
2012-10-06 18:32         37847         37857  042c0d73  PROAUDIO\MONO16\MONO16.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\MPCQ_A
2012-10-06 18:32          8253          8258  21d8284c  PROAUDIO\MPCQ_A\MPCQ&A.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\MSACM200
2012-10-06 18:32         96827         96485  b3f64f3c  PROAUDIO\MSACM200\MSACM200.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\MVDOC
2012-10-06 18:32         29438         29334  e4052b99  PROAUDIO\MVDOC\MVDOC.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\MVHELP
2012-10-06 18:32         69995         70003  ed288589  PROAUDIO\MVHELP\MVHELP.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\MVMIX148
2012-10-06 18:32         15122         15098  b53609c4  PROAUDIO\MVMIX148\MVMIX148.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\MVOS2
2012-10-06 18:32        115219        115164  ed095eca  PROAUDIO\MVOS2\MVOS2.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\MVPRO150
2012-10-06 18:32         14625         14630  2ffac6d4  PROAUDIO\MVPRO150\MVPRO150.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\MVPROAUD
2012-10-06 18:32         17494         17490  4247ec4f  PROAUDIO\MVPROAUD\MVPROAUD.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\MVPRODD
2012-10-06 18:32         30051         30010  abf40937  PROAUDIO\MVPRODD\MVPRODD.ZIP
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\MVSA
2012-10-06 18:32         78216         78165  fff1b7ed  PROAUDIO\MVSA\MVSA.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\MVSND324
2012-10-06 18:32         10570         10527  14fcd85f  PROAUDIO\MVSND324\MVSND324.ZIP
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\MVSOU323
2012-10-06 18:32         20764         20603  48a98918  PROAUDIO\MVSOU323\MVSOU323.ZIP
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\MVUTL
2012-10-06 18:32        164371        163401  0d52defd  PROAUDIO\MVUTL\MVUTL.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\MV_TIPS
2012-10-06 18:32         18902         18902  5a61186b  PROAUDIO\MV_TIPS\MV-TIPS.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\OS2PAS
2012-10-06 18:32          5908          5913  1ab596b2  PROAUDIO\OS2PAS\OS2PAS.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\OS2QA
2012-10-06 18:32          2342          2347  d3420173  PROAUDIO\OS2QA\OS2QA.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\P16Q_A
2012-10-06 18:32         18432         18437  00b00072  PROAUDIO\P16Q_A\P16Q&A.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\PAK_VPAS
2012-10-06 18:32          6328          6333  c2c5e185  PROAUDIO\PAK_VPAS\PAK-VPAS.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32           154           129  8b589cab  PROAUDIO\PAS-SDK.TXT
2012-10-06 18:32          3079          1245  dc7fcd3a  PROAUDIO\PAS-SSL
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\PAS142
2012-10-06 18:32        329627        325715  6c41e98e  PROAUDIO\PAS142\PAS142.ZIP
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\PAS144
2012-10-06 18:32        348160        343730  f550dbc6  PROAUDIO\PAS144\PAS144.ZIP
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\PAS146IN
2012-10-06 18:32       1029285       1028839  1dcb35a6  PROAUDIO\PAS146IN\PAS146IN.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32         14646          6491  2b3af9f1  PROAUDIO\PAS16.REV
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\PAS16REG
2012-10-06 18:32          4605          4610  d763da9c  PROAUDIO\PAS16REG\PAS16REG.ZIP
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\PAS16_SB
2012-10-06 18:32         16855         16837  edbe2acb  PROAUDIO\PAS16_SB\PAS16-SB.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\PASDSA
2012-10-06 18:32         54275         54250  4f663461  PROAUDIO\PASDSA\PASDSA.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\PASMIX
2012-10-06 18:32         71512         69870  045b23e5  PROAUDIO\PASMIX\PASMIX.ZIP
2012-10-06 18:32          2406          1177  42cf9fd7  PROAUDIO\PASOS2.TXT
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\PASPATCH
2012-10-06 18:32         19161         19149  9d96fd2c  PROAUDIO\PASPATCH\PASPATCH.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32         32610          6871  1dcac3e6  PROAUDIO\PASPROGS.LST
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\PASQ_A
2012-10-06 18:32          7123          7128  4bba2670  PROAUDIO\PASQ_A\PASQ&A.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\PASSCSI
2012-10-06 18:32         60416         59827  227f0fd4  PROAUDIO\PASSCSI\PASSCSI.ZIP
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\PASSDK30
2012-10-06 18:32        572329        572409  3d8c47ce  PROAUDIO\PASSDK30\PASSDK30.ZIP
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\PASTEXT
2012-10-06 18:32          3828          3833  5abe4cf3  PROAUDIO\PASTEXT\PASTEXT.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\PASUTL20
2012-10-06 18:32        276009        275578  ef387b02  PROAUDIO\PASUTL20\PASUTL20.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\PASW12
2012-10-06 18:32        278570        278132  329ffbd6  PROAUDIO\PASW12\PASW12.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\PASW13
2012-10-06 18:32        275359        274829  bc85f11a  PROAUDIO\PASW13\PASW13.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\PASW142
2012-10-06 18:32        311450        310567  6bbdeed9  PROAUDIO\PASW142\PASW142.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\PASW144
2012-10-06 18:32        328465        327541  e3870c04  PROAUDIO\PASW144\PASW144.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\PASW145
2012-10-06 18:32        328606        327696  a3ebbae3  PROAUDIO\PASW145\PASW145.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\PASW14B1
2012-10-06 18:32        338800        337811  2d38a56d  PROAUDIO\PASW14B1\PASW14B1.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\PASW14B2
2012-10-06 18:32        278083        277202  5d42cbc9  PROAUDIO\PASW14B2\PASW14B2.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\PASW14B3
2012-10-06 18:32        349819        348440  549004c2  PROAUDIO\PASW14B3\PASW14B3.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\PASWINNT
2012-10-06 18:32          3041          3046  78d87153  PROAUDIO\PASWINNT\PASWINNT.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\PAS_FAQL
2012-10-06 18:32         18933         18938  0746d0a4  PROAUDIO\PAS_FAQL\PAS-FAQL.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\PAS_GATE
2012-10-06 18:32         15595         15005  0bd1d88b  PROAUDIO\PAS_GATE\PAS_GATE.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\PAS_SDK1
2012-10-06 18:32        183701        179876  b1933c3a  PROAUDIO\PAS_SDK1\PAS-SDK1.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\PAS_SDK2
2012-10-06 18:32        266975        265923  6c03e24d  PROAUDIO\PAS_SDK2\PAS-SDK2.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\PCMFR12
2012-10-06 18:32        154000        153730  0da1d2a9  PROAUDIO\PCMFR12\PCMFR12.ZIP
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\PCMTLSRC
2012-10-06 18:32         91505         91496  edf370b3  PROAUDIO\PCMTLSRC\PCMTLSRC.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\PCMTOOLS
2012-10-06 18:32         97702         97585  25ba7b67  PROAUDIO\PCMTOOLS\PCMTOOLS.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\POCMIX
2012-10-06 18:32         27171         26694  d4861e5a  PROAUDIO\POCMIX\POCMIX.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\POWERMAN
2012-10-06 18:32          1795          1800  4c1a30b0  PROAUDIO\POWERMAN\POWERMAN.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\PPLUSQ_A
2012-10-06 18:32         19133         19138  5d115df5  PROAUDIO\PPLUSQ_A\PPLUSQ&A.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\P_STU11
2012-10-06 18:32       1007849       1007690  fe16e944  PROAUDIO\P_STU11\P_STU11.ZIP
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\SBANK
2012-10-06 18:32         25224         25069  7677f541  PROAUDIO\SBANK\SBANK.ZIP
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\SDK_EX
2012-10-06 18:32          4891          4861  89f5b9df  PROAUDIO\SDK_EX\SDK_EX.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32          5120          2934  0f4a4c04  PROAUDIO\SOUNDR.COM
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\STATE153
2012-10-06 18:32         41352         41125  ef90a39b  PROAUDIO\STATE153\STATE153.ZIP
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\SURVEY
2012-10-06 18:32          4216          4221  03ce95fc  PROAUDIO\SURVEY\SURVEY.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\TALKSH
2012-10-06 18:32         16384          7078  d07353ae  PROAUDIO\TALKSH\INSTALL.EXE
2012-10-06 18:32          1093           464  064c68ba  PROAUDIO\TALKSH\INWIN.INF
2012-10-06 18:32         31766         31732  d22cc798  PROAUDIO\TALKSH\INWIN.SQU
2012-10-06 18:32          1433           692  a17ec242  PROAUDIO\TALKSH\README.TXT
2012-10-06 18:32         22443         21788  11e13bf2  PROAUDIO\TALKSH\TALKBMP.SQU
2012-10-06 18:32         52703         52383  7b4e9005  PROAUDIO\TALKSH\TALKEXE.SQU
2012-10-06 18:32        282368        282165  615ab650  PROAUDIO\TALKSH\TALKSH.EXE
2012-10-06 18:32        161539        161372  2c989fa4  PROAUDIO\TALKSH\TALKWAV.SQU
2012-10-06 18:32         10917          3841  538edaf8  PROAUDIO\TALKSH\VENDOR.DOC
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\TBPRO
2012-10-06 18:32         86484         86495  bb2e14d3  PROAUDIO\TBPRO\TBPRO15.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\TPCM35
2012-10-06 18:32         84984         84881  9bafaa9d  PROAUDIO\TPCM35\TPCM35.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\TP_INT94
2012-10-06 18:32         18793         18742  1b549d4c  PROAUDIO\TP_INT94\TP_INT94.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\TSLCD312
2012-10-06 18:32         11097         11047  0d7b808f  PROAUDIO\TSLCD312\TSLCD312.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\VDMA
2012-10-06 18:32          5764          5769  59b552f2  PROAUDIO\VDMA\VDMA.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\VOLUME
2012-10-06 18:32          5014          4920  c147f79b  PROAUDIO\VOLUME\VOLUME.ZIP
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\WAV16A
2012-10-06 18:32        109824        109652  4212bcd6  PROAUDIO\WAV16A\WAV16A.ZIP
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\WAVAWAV
2012-10-06 18:32         54660         54481  cc3cb5c5  PROAUDIO\WAVAWAV\WAVAWAV.ZIP
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\WAVULT23
2012-10-06 18:32        159559        159466  29c45c54  PROAUDIO\WAVULT23\WAVUTL23.ARJ
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\WAVWOR11
2012-10-06 18:32        164945        164595  5540a8d4  PROAUDIO\WAVWOR11\WAVWOR11.ZIP
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\WC3
2012-10-06 18:32         53457         53459  904c0511  PROAUDIO\WC3\WC3.ZIP
2012-10-06 18:32        Folder        Folder  00000000  PROAUDIO\ZBGI
2012-10-06 18:32         30045         29635  f23abe5d  PROAUDIO\ZBGI\ZBGI.ZIP
#
# Total                   Size        Packed            Files
#                     14758352      14513227            222

Link: http://www.mediafire.com/?ecawedk1bhzz8w9
Filename: PROAUDIO.ZIP
CRC32: 3D7F8101
MD5: F8723BA8AD4995406A5E80D424F3E5E5
SHA-1: E638D19D228D39DE449CCDA3D21B6CEDB17937D5


That's all I have guys! Sorry for the humongous post. Have a very nice day!
Edit: Sorry for my crappy English skills! If you find some grammar or other errors I apologize for that.
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Re: Media Vision Pro Audio Spectrum and Pro Audio Spectrum 16?

Postby Mau1wurf1977 » 2012-10-07 @ 16:27

Wow excellent research! Thank you.

I never got far with this. Although I can program a little bit, it's not enough for this task :(

So I focused on Roland MT-32 as many games from that era support this standard.
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Re: Media Vision Pro Audio Spectrum and Pro Audio Spectrum 16?

Postby P4R4D0X » 2012-10-07 @ 16:43

You are welcome! I'm not sure that all these information is enough, or what to look for so I just included what I think it could be useful for a knowledgeable person who understands source code and how things work. We have some source code, but it might be difficult to understand if they are not commented properly. It's old code, and old card. I was pretty much amazed how the internal 3dfx emulation was done by kekko.

The Pro Audio Spectrum 16 cards shouldn't be hard to do, we just need a volunteer and a bunch of time of course. I wish a lot of luck to the person who would implement the stuff. If it's hard or a waste of time just don't bother coding it, just concentrate on other more important things.

Here's an additional video that I found on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-lWP2fxfGk
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Re: Media Vision Pro Audio Spectrum and Pro Audio Spectrum 16?

Postby Stiletto » 2012-10-07 @ 21:33

Great research job :happy:
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Re: Media Vision Pro Audio Spectrum and Pro Audio Spectrum 16?

Postby Great Hierophant » 2012-10-07 @ 23:08

I fear the issue with the PAS is that there has been no true "need" to implement it, there is little documentation of how the underlying hardware works and it uses a boatload of I/O ports. Its not like there are games that will suddenly fly out and sing by choosing this option.
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Re: Media Vision Pro Audio Spectrum and Pro Audio Spectrum 16?

Postby Mau1wurf1977 » 2012-10-08 @ 01:46

There are a few games that, only with PAS or PAS 16, will offer Stereo FM Music. But having said that, most of these game support the MT-32 anyway. Space Quest 4 and Police Quest 3 for example.
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Re: Media Vision Pro Audio Spectrum and Pro Audio Spectrum 16?

Postby Cloudschatze » 2012-10-08 @ 04:50

Referring to the Pro AudioSpectrum cards as "Sound Blaster clones" is a bit disingenuous, especially as far as the PCM and Mixer support is concerned. In any event, and despite being a pretty big Media Vision aficionado myself, I happen to agree with Great Hierophant in that there is simply no known reason to emulate the PAS/16. Other than one or two Dynamix titles, I'm not aware of any stereo FM support that can't be (or hasn't already been) extended to other, stereo-supporting sound cards at the driver level.

I'd hate to deter anyone though...

I have complete SDKs for the Pro AudioSpectrum/16 and Thunder Board cards, including the technical reference documentation for both. There are a few hundred pages that need to be scanned, but it's been on my list of things to do for some time, and this renewed interest may serve as an impetus to get started...
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Re: Media Vision Pro Audio Spectrum and Pro Audio Spectrum 16?

Postby P4R4D0X » 2012-10-08 @ 11:19

Cloudschatze wrote:I have complete SDKs for the Pro AudioSpectrum/16 and Thunder Board cards, including the technical reference documentation for both. There are a few hundred pages that need to be scanned, but it's been on my list of things to do for some time, and this renewed interest may serve as an impetus to get started...
Wow! That's awesome to know that someone has some valuable information about the most important cards. The #1 priority is the original Pro AudioSpectrum, because that card is not SoundBlaster compatible. The rest of these are not as important than the first card! Would be nice if we could get hold of the technical documentation, simply because it's rare and hard to come by. Media Vision is defunct so I don't see any problem.

Also I can't agree that only a few games are supported. MobyGames lists a bunch of games that have Pro AudioSpectrum support. Here are some of the games that do...

Sound Devices Supported : Pro Audio Spectrum: - http://www.mobygames.com/attribute/sheet/attributeId,79/p,2/
Sound Devices Supported : Pro Audio Spectrum Plus: - http://www.mobygames.com/attribute/sheet/attributeId,1727/p,2/
Sound Devices Supported : Pro Audio Spectrum 16 - http://www.mobygames.com/attribute/sheet/attributeId,1728/p,2/

Also you can find in the PROAUDIO.ZIP archive a file called PAS-SSL that has some stuff too. I fixed the formatting, and made some corrections. Please note that it's not a complete list but it's worth something.
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Pro Audio Spectrum software support list.
(01/12/94 update)
                                       
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GAMES Section:

Title:                  Publisher  PAS PAS+ PAS16  IRQ / DMA  STEREO   
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Speed Racer in chall.   Accolade   [x] [ ]  [ ]               [ ]
Prince of Persia 2      Broderbund [x] [ ]  [ ]               [ ]
The Prophecy            Coktel V.  [x] [ ]  [ ]               [ ]
Aces over Europe        Dynamix    [x] [ ]  [ ]               [ ]
Michael Jordan in fl.   Elec.Arts  [x] [ ]  [ ]               [ ]
Rampage                 EOA        [x] [ ]  [x]               [ ]
Doom                    ID softw.  [ ] [ ]  [x]               [ ]
Return to Zork          Infocom    [ ] [ ]  [x]               [ ]
Battlechess 4000        Interplay  [ ] [ ]  [x]               [ ]
Lost Vikings            Interplay  [x] [ ]  [x]               [ ]
CyberStrike (on GEnie)  Microprose [ ] [ ]  [x]               [ ]
Rebel Assault (CD)      LucasArts  [ ] [ ]  [x]               [x]
Loom          (CD)      LucasArts  [ ] [ ]  [x]               [x]
Cobra Mission           Megatech   [x] [ ]  [ ]               [ ]
Metal and Lace          Megatech   [x] [ ]  [x]               [ ]
NFL C.C.C.              Microprose [ ] [ ]  [x]               [ ]
Railroad Tycoon         Microprose [ ] [ ]  [x]               [ ]
Return of the Phantom   Microprose [ ] [ ]  [x] I:1to3 D:1to3 [?]
F15 Strike Eagle III    Microprose [ ] [ ]  [x]               [ ]
Seal Team               Microprose [ ] [ ]  [x]   D:1 to 3    [x]
Master of Orion         Microprose [ ] [ ]  [x]               [x]
Flight Simulator 5      Microsoft  [x] [x]  [x]   I:7  D:3    [ ]
Strike Commander        Origin     [x] [ ]  [ ]               [?]
Privateer               Origin     [x] [ ]  [ ]   D:1 to 3    [ ]
Empire Deluxe           New.Wrld.  [ ] [ ]  [x]               [?]
Indy Car Racing         Papyrus    [x] [ ]  [ ]               [ ]
Kings Quest VI          Sierra     [ ] [ ]  [x]               [ ]
Space Quest V           Sierra     [ ] [ ]  [x]               [ ]
Quest for Glory III     Sierra     [ ] [ ]  [x]               [ ]
Police Quest IV         Sierra     [ ] [ ]  [x]               [ ]
Tetris Classic          Spec.Holo. [x] [x]  [x]               [x]
Chess Meist. 1 bill.5   Spec.Holo. [x] [ ]  [x]               [ ]
7th Guest     (CD)      Virgin     [ ] [ ]  [x]               [x]
Monopoly Deluxe         Virgin     [x] [ ]  [ ]               [ ]
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Re: Media Vision Pro Audio Spectrum and Pro Audio Spectrum 16?

Postby Cloudschatze » 2013-6-27 @ 16:43

Well, almost nine months later, here is the complete Pro AudioSpectrum SDK v2.01:

http://www.symphoniae.com/soundcard/Med ... DK_201.zip
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Re: Media Vision Pro Audio Spectrum and Pro Audio Spectrum 16?

Postby Stiletto » 2013-7-01 @ 21:52

Cloudschatze wrote:Well, almost nine months later, here is the complete Pro AudioSpectrum SDK v2.01:

http://www.symphoniae.com/soundcard/Med ... DK_201.zip


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Re: Media Vision Pro Audio Spectrum and Pro Audio Spectrum 16?

Postby Cloudschatze » 2014-1-07 @ 05:38

Cloudschatze wrote:Well, almost nine months later, here is the complete Pro AudioSpectrum SDK v2.01:

http://www.symphoniae.com/soundcard/Med ... DK_201.zip

And lo, another six months later, I've finally gotten around to scanning the Thunder Board Programmer's Reference. I'm linking to a version converted by Jim Leonard to include a searchable-text layer (because my version of Acrobat is, uh... deficient), hosted on his FTP server:

ftp://ftp.oldskool.org/pub/misc/Hardwar ... erence.pdf

Unlike the PAS SDK, there is no accompanying software for the Thunder Board.

The Thunder Board was released in July of 1991, and was designed to compete with, and was superior to, Creative's then-current Sound Blaster 1.5 w/DSP 2.00. The Sound Blaster 2.0 was released several months later, featuring the 2.01 DSP with "high-speed," 44kHz playback functionality, thereby leapfrogging the Thunder Board's playback capabilities. (I like to think that, without Media Vision, Creative wouldn't have bothered to innovate at all, with this being yet another example. Any-hoo...)

The Thunder Board programmer's reference was written in June of 1992. In August of 1992, Media Vision licensed the 2.01 DSP "code" from Creative as part of a lawsuit settlement, and while this made it onto several of the PAS16 variants in the form of the MVD201 chip, I'm not sure if a 2.01-compatible "ESP" was ever featured on a Thunder Board proper.

Finally, it's worth mentioning that the Thunder Board was designed in such a way as to complement the original, 8-bit Pro AudioSpectrum, with the owner's manual going so far as to cover installing them both together.
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Re: Media Vision Pro Audio Spectrum and Pro Audio Spectrum 16?

Postby PeterLI » 2015-2-22 @ 17:06

I obtained a PAS16SL. Looks like a REV.D with Sony CD-ROM interface. I have yet to test it.
http://stason.org/TULARC/pc/sound-cards ... OoLafnF_mc
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Re: Media Vision Pro Audio Spectrum and Pro Audio Spectrum 16?

Postby Hornpipe2 » 2015-6-30 @ 21:24

Sid Meier's Civilization had a patch released April 14, 1994 which adds support for some additional sound cards, including Pro Audio Spectrum. This file was downloaded from the Microprose BBS.

EDIT: Just tested and selected "Sound Blaster 2 / Pro" and it gave me stereo sound, so I guess this isn't PAS specific after all.

New sound drivers for Civilization

Due to the continued popularity of MicroProse's best seller, Civilization, your friends in the MPS Sound Department have created new sound drivers to support the latest sound cards.

Support is added for all OPL-3 based FM cards (Pro Audio Spectrum Plus, 16, Studio; Sound Blaster Pro, 16, 16ASP, AWE32; AdLib/Cardinal Gold; Microsoft Windows Sound System; and all compatibles) and for any General MIDI card or external synth via a standard MPU-401 type MIDI interface. The General MIDI driver is optimized for the Roland SCC-1, but works well on any GM device.
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Re: Media Vision Pro Audio Spectrum and Pro Audio Spectrum 16?

Postby avx » 2015-7-04 @ 14:40

Found this recording of PAS, for reference to check if the emulation is accurate.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-lWP2fxfGk

edit: .. not having luck finding more recordings. bummer
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Re: Media Vision Pro Audio Spectrum and Pro Audio Spectrum 16?

Postby moturimi1 » 2015-8-20 @ 22:21

Comparison of PAS Dual OPL vs SB 2.0 OPL2 vs ATI Stereo F/X OPL2 (Police Quest):
PAS Dual OPL2: https://www.dropbox.com/s/bgng2r3l0xw3r ... S.mp3?dl=0
SB 2.0 OPL2: https://www.dropbox.com/s/an4hpfats08tu ... l.mp3?dl=0
ATI Stereo F/X OPL2: https://www.dropbox.com/s/3zptvesqgrtst ... i.mp3?dl=0
ATI Stereo F/X CMS: https://www.dropbox.com/s/5t10sm7hyfhm7 ... i.mp3?dl=0
Links have been updated.

I do not hear much of a difference between PAS and ATI. ATI Stereo F/X uses some stereo enhancements. Sounds richer than SB 2.0.
Any game making real use of the additional OPL2?
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