First post, by carlostex
YMF-71x chipset cards can get a mix of love and hate. Although i'm on the side of whom loves these cards, i have no problem whatsoever recognizing that the DOS software for these cards sucks. It just does. Although editing the .ini file seems to be the best option, the file had tons of configurations that are not documented and apparently do nothing.
Still this card can clearly shine. Although some complain of WSS not working or taking additional resources this can be easily mitigated by making WSS use the same resources as the Sound Blaster part. Or, if you do not want to use this card as a sound blaster compatible, you can use it as a poor man's Roland MPU-401AT. How? Simply by disabling DMA, setting IRQ to 2 and the port to 240 and combining this with SoftMPU, this card can make even those hardcoded IRQ9 games to work and play MT-32 music correctly.
Anyway i'm creating this thread not to praise the YMF-71x cards, but rather to report something interesting. I guess that guys like Cloudschatze or any others might have tried this, and since i have not found any reference to it i decided to post it here myself.
As some of you may know, as AdLib company died, its assets were bought by some German conglomerate, but in that process another company that was based on Quebec also made an attempt to buy AdLib's assets. This company was MediaTrix. While MediaTrix failed, the Germans dismissed the engineering talent from AdLib and these people were promptly hired by MediaTrix.
The MediaTrix AudioTrix Pro and the 3D-XG are the most important cards that MediaTrix left us. For the purpose of this thread only the AudioTrix 3D-XG has relevance. Why? Turns out, and as Cloudschatze already mentioned it countless times here and other forums, the AudioTrix 3D-XG comes with a YMF-715E chipset, which provides a full duplex 16bit Sigma-Delta Codec, with SB Pro 2, WSS and MPU-401 UART compatibility. This card was also bundled with a DB60XG daughterboard, and the card was designed so that the PCM and OPL3 were routed through the DB60XG analog inputs and outputs. This would allow the signal to be mixed with some effects provided by the DB60XG. Awesome right? Not only this, but this card has apparently better SnR than an AWE64 Gold for that matter (if you discount SPDIF).
This left me wondering if the AudioTrix initialization software could or not be used with a cheap YMF-71x card, like the Audician32. Well i immediately went searching for this software and i remembered immediately that Cloudschatze is a lucky owner of this card so i went to his thread at Quest Studios forums and downloaded the installation CD for the AudioTrix 3D-XG.
So i try it and get everything configured just like i had with the SETUPSA software. And the AudioTrix software looks great:
Configuration resources done:
Now the moment of truth, will the card initialize?
I used a batch file, where i set the BLASTER environment like a SB Pro 2 and then execute the INIT3DXG executable with an /I parameter.
The software reports Done, so i was left with testing games. And it WORKS!! Every single game that supports Sound Blaster Pro 2 that i have in my hard drive (CFCard) works great. I can even get better volume than with the SETUPSA program, and the better part of that is that noise levels didn't seems to increase. I always have the amplifier turned off with the jumpers on the card.
Next i had to test SoftMPU. And it works!! I'm not surprised it does since SoftMPU uses the DSP to emulate intelligent mode commands, and since the SB Pro2 part was working...
Now the somewhat bad news. At the moment the LINE IN of the YMF card is silent. This seems to be an ill effect of using the AudioTrix software. At the moment this presents a problem, because i didn't bring my Behringer mixer with me so i'm using the LINE IN for my MT-32. It's silent, can't hear the MT-32 at all, something that wasn't a problem using SETUPSA. This is the least of my concerns, because i planned to have my folks to put the mixer in the mail for me anyway...
So here you have it. Now no more bitchin' about DOS software for these cards please. As of now i only tested with an Audician 32 (YMF-718S chipset). But i don't see any reason why this wouldn't work with others.
I'm not posting the software download link here as i don't have Cloudschatze's permission yet. If someone wants to try it, i recommend you use the link above for Cloudschatze's thread on Quest Studios. There go to the AudioTrix 3DXG and get the Original Installation CD.