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Hans61
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Gigatron Soundcard

Post by Hans61 »

I became aware of the SN76489 through the "Tandy 3 Voice Sound - SN76489 ISA Soundcard Project" (https://www.vogons.org/viewtopic.php?t=54249). Since it only has write registers, it is well suited for extension to lb3361 extension-retro.
I started making a sound card for this extension. I will continue to report on progress. My attempts so far can be found here:
https://github.com/hans61/Gigatron-TTL/ ... und%20card
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lb3361
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Re: Gigatron Soundcard

Post by lb3361 »

Great work :-).
bmwtcu
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Re: Gigatron Soundcard

Post by bmwtcu »

Outstanding! I didn't get what you meant by "it is well suited for extension to lb3361 extension-retro" until I saw the photo in the Pluggy Reloaded thread showing how the headers lined up. Looking forward to your updates!
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Re: Gigatron Soundcard

Post by denjhang »

I recommend using a crystal with a frequency of 3.57mhz or lower, because for the SN76489, a lower crystal frequency allows a lower tone. For example, the lowest sound of SN76489 at 3.57mhz is A2.
Since I have developed many MegaMods (vintage Yamaha FM synth music IC modules) before, I can even launch sound cards for gigatron with many FM sources, such as YM2612, YM2151, YM2203, etc. But lack of software support, even if I made the hardware out, it would take a lot of time to write the music driver.
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