First post, by Shponglefan
MB: BC3486F w/ 128k cache
RAM: 8 MB
Disk Drives: 3.5" and 5.25" Floppy drives
CD Drive: Mitsumi 4x CD-ROM
Fixed Storage: 256 MB Cisco Systems CompactFlash + CF-IDE Adapter
Controller Card: Biostar FI33290U-IO101-2
Video Card: Diamond SpeedStar 24x (WD90C31)
Diamond SpeedStar VGA (Tseng ET4000AX)
- Adlib Gold 1000 with Goldlib Surround module
- Atrend ATC-6631 (YMF719E-S) + DreamBlaster X2GS wavetable
- Gravis UltraSound rev 3.7
- Roland LAPC-I
- TexElec SAAYM (Game Blaster / CMS + YM2151)
This build was primarily to see how many sound cards I could reasonably fit into a 386 era system. The two main cards I wanted was the Adlib Gold and Roland LAPC-I. Other cards were then selected based on relative compatibility and usability for late 80s and early 90s gaming.
The PnP-capability of the YMF719 card is essential for working with the Adlib Gold. In various tests, I learned that running other cards on the same 388h port does not play well with the Gold.
I use a boot menu to control the YMF719 card for three scenarios: port 388h (FM support), port 3A8h (no FM), and disabled entirely.
The SAAYM and YMF719 card both share the same address (220h). This doesn't really cause any issues unless I want to use the SAAYM. In which case I use a batch file to disable the YMF719 card.
Audio routing is accomplished via an Edirol M-10MX 5 stereo channel mixer and a 4-port A/V switch. I route the Adlib Gold, YMF719 card, GUS and SAAYM directly to the mixer. The LAPC-I is routed to the A/V switch along with any external sound modules. The switch is then routed to the mixer. MIDI is handled via the LACP-I and MCB-1 connector box.
This easily enables me to toggle between sound options for MIDI playback and then mix with any of the other sound cards. I can also mix different audio sources played through different sound cards. For example, digital sound effects or speech through the YMF719 card and FM music through the Adlib Gold.
If I want even more sound options, I also have a Covox Speech Thing clone and a Disney Sound Source that can be hooked up to the parallel port.