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E-Wave : an ESS based waveblaster card

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First post, by dreamblaster

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Hi,
here's a new project, expecting prototypes soon :
small ES692 based wavetable card

ES692 specs :
- 32 voice polyphony
- 1MB ROM
- Reverb effect
- Stereo pan for each voice
- General MIDI instrument set : 128 melodic and 47 rhythm instruments

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I will post updates in this thread.

Last edited by dreamblaster on 2020-10-01, 20:39. Edited 1 time in total.

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Reply 4 of 60, by dreamblaster

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pentiumspeed wrote on 2020-10-01, 20:31:

What's the differences? Is it higher quality wavetable rom?

Cheers,

I added the specs.

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Reply 5 of 60, by Shreddoc

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ES692 datasheet link, for the information of viewers :

https://www.datasheetarchive.com/pdf/download … %2520Audiodrive

A sample of the chip's GM sound on Youtube, using HUMAN2GM.MID from Warcraft 2 :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJnRtfO9s48

It's amazing what chips like these can do on a limited budget and with limited sample storage space. Not as full-sounding as the big boys (Roland/Yamaha devices with 2MB+ sets), I think many would agree (?), but most PC gamers would still have killed for this standard in the 90s. It'll be up there with my 1MB OPL4 in quality-of-experience terms, in fact a specific comparison between those two would be interesting.

Reply 6 of 60, by brownk

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Shreddoc wrote on 2020-10-01, 20:52:

It's amazing what chips like these can do on a limited budget and with limited sample storage space. Not as full-sounding as the big boys (Roland/Yamaha devices with 2MB+ sets), I think many would agree (?), but most PC gamers would still have killed for this standard in the 90s. It'll be up there with my 1MB OPL4 in quality-of-experience terms, in fact a specific comparison between those two would be interesting.

I second this. I have one ES689 card and it's amazing how much I can enjoy out of this simple noname card.

Reply 7 of 60, by Thermalwrong

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You can have a listen to it as BoxPressed made some ES692 samples in here: Re: My Wavetable Sample Thread
It's the same chip as the wavetable on the Compaq Business Wavetable card.

I've got the same in a Clevo pentium MMX laptop, sounds pretty great. The nice form factor of this new card has me tempted though

Reply 8 of 60, by dreamblaster

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First E-wave prototype.. it does not work yet... debugging...
If I can solve it, first batch may be available in 1-2 months.

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Reply 10 of 60, by matze79

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Nice, i`m eager to see it working!

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Reply 13 of 60, by dreamblaster

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Paar wrote on 2020-11-15, 17:57:

I'm currently in search of 2MB ES982 to dump it and flash the soundbank to standard EEPROM. Could be an interesting base for a successor of this board.

yes !

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Reply 14 of 60, by dreamblaster

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New revision, first sounds out of it.
--> Descent Level 1

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Reply 15 of 60, by keropi

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I like it - nice one again dreamblaster!
ofcouse people need to take into account this was a a budget chip and not a roland/yamaha one

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Reply 16 of 60, by Srandista

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More wavetable cards, more better!

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Reply 18 of 60, by badmojo

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Sounds great to my ears too - I prefer these budget wavetable options over the real deal Roland or Yamaha options; budget clones 4 life 👍

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Reply 19 of 60, by appiah4

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Somehow I seem to prefer this to the sound of YucatanFX. I'll have to get one when it is released 😀

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