Sound card turned into standalone GM module

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Sound card turned into standalone GM module

Post by gmeredith » Tue Aug 02, 2016 2:49 am

Hey everyone, has anyone tried this project - turn a Yamaha XG sound card into a standalone module:

http://www.joebrown.org.uk/wp/?p=3124

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http://www.sdiy.info/w/Yamaha_DB50XG

http://midibox.org/forums/topic/8127-pu ... ox/?page=1

I have an old laptop with an XG sound card in it. I wonder if it would work on it, it's tiny, would be great to build into my Casio SK8 :D
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Re: Sound card turned into standalone GM module

Post by madtheory » Tue Aug 02, 2016 10:18 am

That's very cool. I wonder if it would it work for PLG daughter boards too?

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Re: Sound card turned into standalone GM module

Post by commodorejohn » Tue Aug 02, 2016 3:34 pm

madtheory wrote:That's very cool. I wonder if it would it work for PLG daughter boards too?
I don't know too much about the PLG, but I suspect the trick here has to do with the fact that Wave Blaster expansions are basically already a full-fledged MIDI module on a card; the host sound card just funnels MIDI data into it and gets audio data out IIRC.
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Re: Sound card turned into standalone GM module

Post by clubbedtodeath » Wed Aug 03, 2016 10:18 pm

Indeed, very smart.

I did crude version of this a few years ago with a SW1000XG. I just used a spare CPU/mobo and PC case (a lot easier/less elegant!). It would boot up, load the drivers, and set up the card to respond remotely to MIDI. No keyboard or monitor required.

The trick was getting a USB SD card to run with a Windows XP install on it, and persuading XP it was actually on a bootable hard drive. That took a lot of hacking... :?

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