DreamBlaster S2P : Small form factor General MIDI on parallel port

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Re: DreamBlaster S2P : Small form factor General MIDI on parallel port

Postby dreamblaster » 2018-5-10 @ 13:59

root42 wrote:I love it. Do you think it would be possible to create an ISA version as well? 8 bit card with Keystone ISA bracket?

if you are looking for a MIDI interface ISA card, I can highly recommend this MPU clone card project : viewtopic.php?f=62&t=43875
The latest revision has a waveblaster header so you could add X2 or S2 inside, and connect your real MT32 outside :-)
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Re: DreamBlaster S2P : Small form factor General MIDI on parallel port

Postby root42 » 2018-5-10 @ 14:52

Looks neat. However there are no schematics available, right? I like assembling my own cards. But other than that it looks very nice.
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Re: DreamBlaster S2P : Small form factor General MIDI on parallel port

Postby gdjacobs » 2018-5-10 @ 22:23

You can also look into the HardMPU project which has a little more DIY flavour to it.
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Re: DreamBlaster S2P : Small form factor General MIDI on parallel port

Postby root42 » 2018-5-13 @ 20:40

Well, I would be more interested in a wavetable synth + MPU on one card. Like a DIY wavetable soundcard. Or maybe even using softmpu as the driver, if a hardware MPU would be too much. But I had so much fun building the adlib clone, I would really enjoy doing the next step up...
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Re: DreamBlaster S2P : Small form factor General MIDI on parallel port

Postby dreamblaster » 2018-5-20 @ 15:09

Final design of S2P 3d printed enclosure, I now have plenty of stock of both the PCB and the enclosure.
PM me if you like a special offer -- free enclosure with your S2P -- :-)
s2p_with_enclosure.jpg

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Re: DreamBlaster S2P : Small form factor General MIDI on parallel port

Postby dreamblaster » 2018-5-20 @ 16:30

I created a hackaday.io page for this project : https://hackaday.io/project/158474-s2p- ... ynthesizer
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Re: DreamBlaster S2P : Small form factor General MIDI on parallel port

Postby keropi » 2018-5-20 @ 16:46

I like the Pochacco video :D
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Re: DreamBlaster S2P : Small form factor General MIDI on parallel port

Postby dreamblaster » 2018-5-22 @ 18:48

oh, the hackaday.io page seems to be picked up,
now an article on hackaday.com : https://hackaday.com/2018/05/22/a-paral ... ur-dos-pc/
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Re: DreamBlaster S2P : Small form factor General MIDI on parallel port

Postby Artigkar » 2018-6-08 @ 18:00

I have a few questions regarding the S2P:

1. How is progress on the patcher utility for S2P?
2. Is the patcher only compatible with General Midi games only? Will it work with GS (sound canvas) or MT-32 mode games?
3. Are there plans for a midi test program/midi player that is compatible with S2P without the use of SoftMPU? (kinda like the OPL test for opl2lpt)
4. Are there any differences in sound quality between this version of the S2 and the original Wavetable header version?
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Re: DreamBlaster S2P : Small form factor General MIDI on parallel port

Postby Scali » 2018-6-08 @ 19:06

Artigkar wrote:3. Are there plans for a midi test program/midi player that is compatible with S2P without the use of SoftMPU? (kinda like the OPL test for opl2lpt)


I have a MIDI player for the S2P that works on 8088, and has an MT-32 mode as well.
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Re: DreamBlaster S2P : Small form factor General MIDI on parallel port

Postby Artigkar » 2018-6-09 @ 17:29

Scali wrote:
Artigkar wrote:3. Are there plans for a midi test program/midi player that is compatible with S2P without the use of SoftMPU? (kinda like the OPL test for opl2lpt)


I have a MIDI player for the S2P that works on 8088, and has an MT-32 mode as well.


Cool!
You have uploaded it somewhere for download?
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Re: DreamBlaster S2P : Small form factor General MIDI on parallel port

Postby Scali » 2018-6-10 @ 15:00

Artigkar wrote:
Scali wrote:
Artigkar wrote:3. Are there plans for a midi test program/midi player that is compatible with S2P without the use of SoftMPU? (kinda like the OPL test for opl2lpt)


I have a MIDI player for the S2P that works on 8088, and has an MT-32 mode as well.


Cool!
You have uploaded it somewhere for download?


Yea, there's a version I posted on Dropbox earlier: viewtopic.php?f=62&t=57949&start=40#p645336
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Re: DreamBlaster S2P : Small form factor General MIDI on parallel port

Postby matze79 » 2018-6-11 @ 11:20

dreamblaster wrote:Final design of S2P 3d printed enclosure, I now have plenty of stock of both the PCB and the enclosure.
PM me if you like a special offer -- free enclosure with your S2P -- :-)
s2p_with_enclosure.jpg

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Does it also cover the bottom of the pcb ?
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Re: DreamBlaster S2P : Small form factor General MIDI on parallel port

Postby dreamblaster » 2018-6-11 @ 16:48

matze79 wrote:
dreamblaster wrote:Final design of S2P 3d printed enclosure, I now have plenty of stock of both the PCB and the enclosure.
PM me if you like a special offer -- free enclosure with your S2P -- :-)
s2p_with_enclosure.jpg

s2p_enclosure.jpg


Does it also cover the bottom of the pcb ?


hehe, no,
it is rather a cover :blush:
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Re: DreamBlaster S2P : Small form factor General MIDI on parallel port

Postby PoV » 2018-6-14 @ 20:52

Ordered! :blush:

I just did some testing with a Roland Sound Canvas. Love how tiny this thing is. :lol:
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Re: DreamBlaster S2P : Small form factor General MIDI on parallel port

Postby matze79 » 2018-6-15 @ 11:29

it would be nice to get it integrated on the OPL2LPT Plug :)
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Re: DreamBlaster S2P : Small form factor General MIDI on parallel port

Postby PoV » 2018-6-22 @ 05:29

Hey can someone sanity check me? I'm not having any luck making any sound with this.

- I have the S2P plugged in to a laptop's parallel port (Thinkpad 390X), DOS 6.2 installed.
- I had to configure the machine to install EMM386.exe before SOFTMPU would install.
- According to what I read earlier in the thread, DPMI games aren't going to work (and this appears to be the case, no DOOM or Ultima 6 audio).
- I tried Ultima 4 in the various GM and Sound Canvas modes, and the S2P player tool mentioned earlier in this thread, but still nothing.
- The CVX4 was line-level, so I'm assuming this is also line level. Alas, running the audio through amplified speakers is still silent.
- Clicking the button, or unplugging/re-plugging-in the power does pop

Can someone give me an example game that should work out of the box (with SoftMPU on 0x330)?
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Re: DreamBlaster S2P : Small form factor General MIDI on parallel port

Postby PoV » 2018-6-22 @ 05:39

Got it working with Rise of the Dragon. Woo!

Interestingly, the configuration/installer detects the SoftMPU driver as an Roland Sound Canvas/MT32 (i.e. MPU-401). I tried running the config tool after a fresh reboot, and noticed I couldn't select it.

Anyway, it works! Good good. Now that I know it works, it should be good for my audio coding.

EDIT: PS, it turns out I was wrong about it being line-level, which is great... albeit a bit too loud for my headphones. :lol:
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Re: DreamBlaster S2P : Small form factor General MIDI on parallel port

Postby dreamblaster » 2018-7-03 @ 17:10

S2Ppatch repo online : https://github.com/pdewacht/s2ptools :happy:
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Re: DreamBlaster S2P : Small form factor General MIDI on parallel port

Postby jaZz_KCS » 2019-2-25 @ 12:39

I shall dig out my old post/question, as this has been pondering my mind for quite some time now again...

"Will there be a Win3.1 driver available? I guess a TSR for remapping under DOS is in planning, but what about being able to use the General MIDI capabilities under Win3.1? That would be handy for Win3.1 games.
MIDI output over S2P and sounds over speaker with PC-speaker driver, or - if you have 2 LPT ports, even CVX4." (Example would be SimCity for Windows or Civilization, where you would use the PC Speaker WAV driver (or CVX4 if you have two parallel ports (!)) for sound, alongside the S2P for MIDI playback)

This just sounds too good to be true. Anyone familiar with writing drivers for Win3.1? There is a vast list of early/mid Win3.1 games that use wav files for sound effects and midi for music, which would benefit drastically when having sound and midi available.
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