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 of protected mode or were particularly demanding of conventional memory space. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. November Learn how and when to remove this template message. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. This could be especially poor if the game was an older title that used FM synthesis for sound effects.

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Views Read View source View history. Unfortunately it’s only SB 2.

This is an OEM-only cost-reduced product with similar specifications to the S The advantage of a single card that could do either, however, was very important for mind share amongst consumers, and was critical for OEM system sellers because adding a separate card would add cost to the system.

Unless we share it by snapping it in half? Perhaps that a little bit of information can go a long way.

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They are good cards, especially the Elite, but soundscwpe aren’t flawless of course. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. At the time Soundscape arrived, most games supported General MIDI output, offering high-quality music support for users who purchased the card and reducing the need for said OPL-3 synthesis chip.

Zero experience with Motorola assembly language proved to be of next to no consequence.

Ensoniq Soundscape S-2000

This card replaced the Opus card as an OEM favorite and was available at retail. While Ensoniq always stated on their site that they did not support the card, the ensonqi Soundscape’s driver package functions on it. 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.

Although it has RAM, the card does not support uploading of sound samples for the synthesizer. That means they must be un-swapped before sounscape attempt to disassemble them, and the custom-built firmware image needs to be byte-swapped again before uploading to the OBP.

Been “collecting” them since they originally came out. Computer Gaming World advertisement.

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The host tool needs to detect an ODIE-based Soundscape card, perform basic initialization, set up host DMA controller, upload the firmware via DMA potentially in multiple blocksstart the OBP, and communicate with the firmware using the host communication register.

I’ve had some experience with at least one Ensoniq card, not sure if it’s that one, but my time with it wasn’t very good – turns out, these cards use the patch set for absolutely everything, even Adlib music, which makes rnsoniq like Wolfenstein 3D sound absolutely horrible. And also no documentation. 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.

I made some recordings in this thread: As it turned out, writing the custom firmware was the easier part, even for someone with approximately zero knowledge of assembler.

Ensoniq Soundscape OPUS

PDF that comes with the Sohndscape drivers. Views Read Edit View history. Elite has heavier percussion, for one. March Learn how and when to remove this template message. Retrieved from ” https: This could ejsoniq especially poor if the game was an older title that used FM synthesis for sound effects. February 10, at August 6, at The host tool runs under DOS for the sake of simplicity, and is written in bit C.

Because I haven’t managed to acquire one having spent 18 months looking! Soundscape S was Ensoniq ‘s first direct foray into the PC sound card market.