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In fact if you mix which half of the 16 bit data bus each 8 bit peripherial sits on you can reduce the load on the data bus. Gateway hardware Sound cards.
This page was last edited on 14 Novemberat Articles lacking in-text citations from March All articles lacking in-text citations Webarchive template wayback links. Zero experience with Motorola assembly language proved to be of next to no consequence.
They are good cards, especially the Elite, but they aren’t flawless of course. As mentioned above, the host side is far more complex, with several hundred lines of C code compared to a handful of assembly instructions for the firmware. While Ensoniq always stated on their site that they did not support the card, the regular Soundscape’s driver package functions on it.
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Articles lacking in-text citations from November All articles lacking in-text citations. The completed ROM dumper is available here. The Elite and ensonq Soundscape full-length cards have much different patch sets. The ES is not AC97 compatible and is actually natively There is a fair amount of code which needs to be in place before anything at all starts happening never a good situation to be in.
One advantage compared to competitors was that the card did not require TSRs minimizing its conventional memory footprint. The byte swapping is probably done in hardware to make it easier to transfer 16 bit data between the x86 architecture in a PC and the 68k architecture on the sound card.
Soundscape S was Ensoniq ‘s first direct foray into the PC sound card market. Views Read Edit View history.
Ensoniq Soundscape OPUS
You’re not missing much from your game soundtracks if you are running a Roland card though. Method A is crude but effective—very simple but potentially destroys the card. Been “collecting” them since they originally came out. No doubt this is related to the card being a Gateway OEM board, a company known souhdscape their cow-related image.
Ensoniq Soundscape Elite
They have a config util that runs to upload firmware to the card and then it exits from RAM. September 5, at 4: What does the OPD response mean?
Do you have any of the ensoniq esx cards? There is no material that is knowingly illegal here. One very nice aspect to the Ensoniq cards is that they have a bit, 48KHz digital section that is very clean.
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The Soundscape also has a hardware MPU implementation which, combined with the lack of TSRs, allowed a high degree of compatibility, which was a significant benefit as many DOS games often ran in a custom flavor ensooniq protected mode or were particularly demanding of conventional memory space.
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The DMA engine is designed to transfer bit samples between the host little-endian and the OBP big-endianso automatic swapping makes sense. On both the OBP and host side there are status bits indicating whether the host data register is empty or full; that way we can implement simple and reliable transfer, with the OBP writing another byte once the data register becomes empty i. February 16, at 1: November Learn how and when to remove this template message.
Unfortunately it’s only SB 2. Of critical importance at the time was support of the Creative Labs Sound Blastera card that was the ubiquitous sound standard of the day. Should be easy, right?