Converting CX5M cassettes to cas format

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Door prismprocess

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08-01-2016, 18:05

Hi,

I'm trying to convert these.....

FM Voice Data for CX%M

.....into cas for use in BlueMSX with the CX5MII/128 machine. I thought I had done it (maybe I have) by converting the cassettes to wav and then use castools 1.3 to cas format. Can I get them to work? Can I hell..... :)

Maybe I did something wrong or maybe you can say how. I loaded a cas file, then upon loading the machine type "call fmv" to get to the voicing program. From there i type TR to get to the transfer menu and then type CL.There it hangs. I even tried CL VOICE which i believe is the filename but it still hangs.

Maybe you would like a go at it.

Here are the files both the original wav files and the cas files in two directorys..

Wav and Cas File

Hope someone can help.

:)

PP

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Van mars2000you

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08-01-2016, 18:45

There are 2 or 3 provlems :

- the first is that you need to apply the CAS patch on the used specific machine in blueMSX (use for that the Machine editor and save under a new name)

- the second is the quality of the conversion to CAS, I've checked the files, some of them have indeed a VOICE file, but other files have only one or two "custom format"" file(s)

- the third is maybe a bug in blueMSX for supporting CAS files in this case (even the CAS files with a VOICE file can't be loaded on a machine with patched BIOS)

So, I'll check first what happens in openMSX, then re-try the conversion if the WAV files work in this emulator.

Van mars2000you

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08-01-2016, 18:58

No more chance with openMSX and the WAV files, I got each time this message from the emulator :

"Tape end reached... stopping. You may need to insert another tape image that contains side B. (Or you used the wrong loading command.)"

So, apparently, the problem seems to be the quality of the WAV file.

But I'll make another test before concluding ...

Van mars2000you

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08-01-2016, 19:26

Well, after my last test, I don't know what to think.

I've used MSXTAper to extract a VOICE file from one of the CAS file for which I can see it exists when using the "Set Position'" feature of blueMSX for the CAS files, then put the VOICE.BIN on a DSK, removed the .BIN extension, added a drive to the CX5M-128, launched it while pressing CTRL key to de-activate second drive.

Before making CALL FMV, I've typed FILES .. and the VOICE file was found.

Then CALL FMV, ... TR, DL VOICE ... and Message 'Not found' (if I try DF, nothing, the emulators hang ...)

Van mars2000you

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08-01-2016, 19:39

It was not my last test, I've made another one by inserting a DSK version of the BIT 2 Multitimbral program after booting. Same problems with DL and DF inside the Voice editor.

So, I think the loading of these files is not correctly supported by the emulators, but there are also some problems with the conversion WAV to CAS, as some of the CAS files are without any VOICE file ...

Van prismprocess

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08-01-2016, 19:47

CALL FMV, TR, CL VOICE you mean? It should just work with CL and no filename in fact.

The other ways to load it according to the book are with FM Music Composer or without a
cart at all. If you go back to the link there is a new folder containing the pages from the manual.

Wav, Cas and Manual

:)

I could also try to rerecord the wav files at a lower volume?

PP

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08-01-2016, 19:49

DL you see is delete........

Wink

Van mars2000you

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08-01-2016, 20:00

No, DL is DIsk Load

But I've finally good news, 4 of the 6 files work with the SFG-01 module and the YRM-102 cartridge (you need to use the CX5M-1 machine and to apply the CAS patch on the BIOS rom).

The bad files are 1B and 2B, all the other files are good.

So, the remaining problem is a problem with SFG-05 support. (Problems with all machines with this module even if I use the YRM-102 cartridge).

Van prismprocess

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08-01-2016, 20:12

Thats great. I will rerecord 1B and 2B now Smile

Van prismprocess

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08-01-2016, 20:45

OK, I have uploaded the new cas files (and the rerecorded wav files) for 1B and 2B. Any good? I will be setting up the CX%M-1 machine shortly but BlueMSX is down. Maybe you could send me your machine and config files for the machine?

Smile

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Van mars2000you

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08-01-2016, 20:57

Yes, this time the 1B and 2B CAS files have a VOICE file detected by blueMSX with its Set Position feature.

Can you precise your email ? Or maybe you prefer to send me a mail (check my profile).

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