Gallant 8-bit sound card - anyone know anything about this card?

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Gallant 8-bit sound card - anyone know anything about this card?

Postby retrofanatic » 2018-11-10 @ 04:31

8 bit Gallant Sound Card.jpg


I searched far and wide in the lands of Google and have come up with nothing except some FCC information:

https://fccid.io/JZ5SC3000N

All this tells me is that it was made by Voicon System Inc.

I am interested in finding out some specifications and if anyone has any experience using this card?

Information I have gathered from an 'amateur' visual inspection is:
- it has a real OPL2 Yamaha YM3812-F chip onboard
- it is an 8 bit ISA card
- it has a midi/game port
- 1x line in; 1 x mic in; 1x speaker out
- 1x 4 pin CD/IN header
- 1 chip labelled "1992 Gallant DSP-9202 303 308601"
- 1 chip labelled "1992 Gallant SC-9203 314"
- JP1 jumpers: IRQ selection of 2, 3, 5, 7.
- JP2 jumpers labelled "I/O 2/4 G"

I've gathered so far that it is of course a Gallant card and that this could may be a pretty good stand-in for an original ad-lib card in one of my XT or 286 systems, but I just want to see if anyone has any experience with this card or has any other information about it.

I will do some testing soon when I get a chance to see how it sounds...I am especially interested in the "MIDI" port and if it by some miracle provides UART mode output (highly doubtful). I wish I had my MIDI devices with me though to test it, but my hoard is in storage far away from me at the moment.

Thanks in advance for any information on this.
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Re: Gallant 8-bit sound card - anyone know anything about this card?

Postby Tronix » 2018-11-10 @ 04:51

Configuration,drivers and test util: http://vogonsdrivers.com/getfile.php?fi ... enustate=0
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Re: Gallant 8-bit sound card - anyone know anything about this card?

Postby retrofanatic » 2018-11-10 @ 05:13

Thank you Tronix...I just noticed this thread: https://www.vogons.org/viewtopic.php?f=62&t=59135
It looks like mine may be an SC-4000 as well but there are some differences with cyclone3d's card according to the photos.
I thought that my card may be a different model my FCC says "SC-3000N" but these drivers and files would probably work for mine too (even though I don't think I even need drivers for this).
I will try installing the software and see what happens when I get time.
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Re: Gallant 8-bit sound card - anyone know anything about this card?

Postby retrofanatic » 2018-11-10 @ 05:24

Well, I just went on driver guide website and found two SC-3000 driver disks that are similar to the SC-4000 disk images but appear to be win 3.1 drivers I think, so maybe my card is indeed an SC-3000 card (whatever that means lol)...hopefully my tests will shed some light on what this card can do.
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Re: Gallant 8-bit sound card - anyone know anything about this card?

Postby retrofanatic » 2018-11-10 @ 14:25

Does just having one opl2 chip always mean that card will only output mono sound?
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Re: Gallant 8-bit sound card - anyone know anything about this card?

Postby jesolo » 2018-11-10 @ 14:46

retrofanatic wrote:Does just having one opl2 chip always mean that card will only output mono sound?

Correct
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Re: Gallant 8-bit sound card - anyone know anything about this card?

Postby keropi » 2018-11-10 @ 14:48

99% chance this is a SoundBlaster 2.0 compatible card so it will carry all it's limitations. Still a great card IMHO for something like an XT to 286/386sx . Don't sweat it - it will work just fine for these systems!
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Re: Gallant 8-bit sound card - anyone know anything about this card?

Postby retrofanatic » 2018-11-10 @ 17:45

Thanks for your replies.

I'll give it a try in a couple of my 286 and XT systems when I get a chance to test and I'm sure it will work fine, but I am still curious about the MPU401 capability.

When looking through the driver disks, I noticed that one of the files in there is named "MPU401.EXE". I wonder what this file would be for? Was there any drivers like this for the SB 2.0?

What limitations did the SB 2.0 card have in terms of MIDI capability (it had a 'dumb' non-UART MIDI port, correct?)?

I do have a SB 2.0 card and am waiting for my CMS chips to arrive from china to test CMS...I will have to do some comparison tests with this Gallant card, the (hopefully) CMS cabable SB card, my 8 bit PAS card, and my AdLib card as well to see which ones will win a spot in an 8 bit slot in my XT and 286 systems and maybe in my 'go to' 386 system.

I'll be checking for sound quality and compatibility with my favorite games. And when I get my midi gear out of storage, I will see how the Gallant card pairs with my external MIDI units (MT-32, SC-88, FB-01, etc...)....I'm not expecting anything spectacular or groundbreaking, but it will be nice to see what this card can do.
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Re: Gallant 8-bit sound card - anyone know anything about this card?

Postby retrofanatic » 2018-11-13 @ 06:40

I did a quick test of this card today with no drivers and compared it to my SB PRO 2.0 and my PAS 8 bit card in one of my XT and 386 systems.

I ran Lemmings in DOS and it sounded pretty much on par with the SB PRO 2.0. It's not a bad little card...I like the volume control on it and that it is 8 bit ISA. The PAS of course made Lemmings sound much better because of the stereo sound. I may just use it as an AdLib (or SB??) clone card in one of my 286 or XT systems. I should test it with some other games when I get the chance.

When I get my MIDI devices out of storage, I will do some MIDI tests next. As mentioned, I'm not expecting anything spectacular but I do want to confirm it's capabilities.
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