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SBLive Console Utility Needed

Discussion in 'Soundblaster Live' started by skeptic, Sep 2, 2004.

  1. skeptic

    skeptic Guest

    I am in need of a BCB 3.0 compatible Console 32 application that
    programs the SB Live 5.1 PCI 32-bit sound card FM-Synthesizer to play
    a tone at a given duration.

    Minimal requirements:
    Using FM-Synthesis (OPL3(2)), generate a tone of 800 Hz for 1 solid second.
    Executed as a 32-bit Console application.

    This is to play through a SB Live 5.1 PCI card, which uses the "exotic"
    $Dxxx address space for its control.

    If anyone has such an application that can do this, PLEASE contact me.
    I would love to learn how this is done using the newer SB Live 5.1 PCI

    In the old days, programming the ISA OPL3(2) was VERY EASY!
    But now that things have changed under Win98SE, etc., it is not quite as

    I may need a special I/O DLL or something that would allow me access to
    the SB Live 5.1 internal registers/dma/etc.

    PLEASE let me know if you can be of assistance. Thanks!

    AIM: SirSkeptic
    skeptic, Sep 2, 2004
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  2. I don't think you can directly playback OPL-3 tones as the synth on the
    Live series is a wavetable synth. I think it still has oscillators and
    stuff but you have to control it through soundfonts, which are the basis
    of MIDI synthesis.

    You might be able to play around with this

    and a custom soundfont to achieve this effect. For the soundfont
    generation you'll need Vienna SF Studio.

    Maybe someone else can help you out. BTW, it isn't possible to directly
    access the hardware anymore. The whole point of the driver is to mask
    the hardware under Windows.

    Sharanga Dayananda, Sep 2, 2004
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  3. skeptic

    Lenny Guest

    I am in need of a BCB 3.0 compatible Console 32 application that
    Sorry, but the Live (and Audigy) cards do not have that crappy old Yamaha
    OPL3 FM synth. They're based on a digital programmable DSP, not a bunch of
    fixed-function oscillators. :) Under win9x, Creative supplies their own
    emulator for Live cards, but it's no longer available in XP (to my knowledge
    at least).

    There is a software emulator though that simulates a soundblaster 16 (and/or
    possibly other creative stoneage hardware) on any directsound-compatible
    soundcard, you might want to try that one. No, sorry, I can't remember its
    name, so you'll have to google for it or maybe someone else here
    Lenny, Sep 3, 2004
  4. skeptic

    skeptic Guest

    Direct Sound sounds like "Direct X" nonsense, something no one in their
    right mind has ever been impressed with, and wdm is one of the worst evils
    to have ever been introduced to windows video/sound interface.

    All I want to do is simply generate a fixed-frequency tone for a specific
    duration, that should not be very difficult to do! and do it without
    useless proprietary windows nonsense to accomplish it!

    Creative should have at least that much available in the public domain.

    If anyone has a console-32 (non gui) application that can play a
    fixed-frequency tone (800 Hz) for one complete second, then PLEASE
    CONTACT me. thanks!

    I can be reached at
    and AIM: SirSkeptic
    skeptic, Sep 3, 2004
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