SAASonic! - Second PSG Soundcard

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Matej
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SAASonic! - Second PSG Soundcard

Post by Matej » Tue Dec 06, 2016 3:33 pm

Sega Genesis/Megadrive is equiped with robust FM chip.
But PSG is not so powerful.
So I have idea for second PSG soundcard.
Also EXP. port is almost unused (only few projects).

Philips SAA 1099P
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philips_SAA1099
Another google translated site CZ->ENG
https://translate.google.sk/translate?s ... edit-text=

Chip is very small:
http://www.vgmpf.com/Wiki/images/b/b3/S ... -_Bare.jpg

It was in early Soundblaster 1.0 and Sam Coupe computer (better ZX spectrum).

There is online SAA 1099 tracker:
http://saa1099tracker.borik.net/

Or there is ETRACKER,
http://www.worldofsam.org/node/254
and PROTRACKER
http://www.worldofsam.org/node/294
http://www.worldofsam.org/node/295
For SAM COUPE
http://www.simcoupe.org/

Why SAA1099P?
- allready works on Z80 systems (so can be driven by MD/Genny Z80)
- 6 stereo channels
- its cheap
- huge amount on alibaba
https://www.alibaba.com/trade/search?fs ... t=saa1099p

We will get total 10 PSG channels together with Texas Instruments SN.
Maybe in future Deflemask tracker can add it too.

How it sounds?
http://zxart.ee/eng/music/database/formatGroup:saa/
http://zxart.ee/eng/music/top-100/sam-coupe/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWrimJOSbSc

New soundcard can use expansion port. And have audio cinch in and with mux mix ym fm+sn with saa
and output can be 2x golden cinch.
Also I will do enclosure in CAD when someone will make PCB (I am not HW geek).
So with this soundcard we will have sound like 2x AY (like SEGA Kyugo) plus fm and sn like in arcade maschines was!

I can imagine using it for sound effects and YM2612+SN76489 for music. Or YM+SAA for music and SN for effects... Etc etc.

Lets call this soundcard: SAASonic!!!

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Re: SAASonic! - Second PSG Soundcard

Post by Mask of Destiny » Tue Dec 06, 2016 6:44 pm

FYI: The Z80 can't access the IO area, so if you hang this off the expansion port the Z80 will not be able to access it.

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Re: SAASonic! - Second PSG Soundcard

Post by Matej » Tue Dec 06, 2016 10:55 pm

And cartridge?

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Re: SAASonic! - Second PSG Soundcard

Post by Mask of Destiny » Fri Dec 09, 2016 1:30 am

The Z80 can access the cartridge area.

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