Shishkebarbarian wrote on 2022-05-10, 19:51:
funny i was just researching this as i'm looking for a OPL3 + AWE MIDI solution in a single card without spending $200 on a Sound Canvas.
Is 512k sample really not enough for games?
For larger SoundFonts, no.
However, there are some games that are capable of loading custom samples on AWE cards, all of them having smaller SoundFonts as fallback for cards with 512K RAM onboard.
appiah4 wrote on 2021-12-10, 11:31:
I mean you would get the default 512K sample ROM for AWE32 music option alongside a genuine OPL3 but that's not worth $60 at all. You can buy a YMF71x card + an AWE64 Value for maybe even half that price, stick them both in and get the same thing.
Where can you get both for $30??? An AWE64 Value is $50 by itself. What YMF71x cards do you recommend that are good and cheap?
where do people shop for parts? I have nothing local to me and only know ebay.
Currently on eBay, there are two AWE64 CT4520 around $30 (don't get the one that cost $20 because it lacks the EMU8K chip) and the only YMF-71x based card I could find is the Labway A151-A00.
For expanding the memory easily on AWE64 cards, SIMMCONN is your best friend but it would incur additional cost + shipping.
Edit: I didn't take account of the shipping cost for the AWE64 CT4520 and there is also the Labway A151-A10.