[Non-MSX] Strange board with Y8950 chip

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By Takamichi

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06-07-2019, 19:11

Googling with "soundcard FMV ISA" in Japanese took me to Fujitsu's site listing "multimedia kits" and "sound kits". "Device name to be chosen" column says "Yamaha DS-XG Audio CODEC(WDM)Driver". ...Hey, Yamaha!?

The sound kit requiring Yamaha DS-XG driver is FM-SK6. I almost thought that's the name of my board but Yamaha DS-XG boards here look quite different and are mostly PCI though some are ISA. Maybe it's successor to my board.

Interesting read: Japanese MSX-AUDIO wiki says Y8950 was indeed used in the applications other than MSX. There is even a photo of the Sound Orchestra board. Google translation: Due to the history of the release, the MSX logo is printed, but in fact it is also used outside of MSX. Sound board for S -9 (sysnet), sound orchestra V / sound orchestra VS, sound board for PC-9801 such as UB-1 of UNICA (unica sound) , ADPCM board MZ-1E35 for MZ-2861 , arcade board etc. Have a proven track record.
Edit: Ahh everybody knew that ;)

By Giangiacomo Zaffini 2

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06-07-2019, 19:39

It is one of Nec PC-98x series sound board. Look here and expecially here.

By zPasi

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06-07-2019, 20:30

I once had an 8-bit ISA card for my PC, with some Yamaha chip in it. I don't know what chip exactly, but there was PCM audio (of course) and a General MIDI sound bank. It was a good card. Good sounds.

By Grauw

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06-07-2019, 22:13

Here’s some Y8950 arcade machine soundtracks:

https://vgmrips.net/packs/chip/y8950

By Pentarou

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06-07-2019, 22:40

Since Takashima & Co., Ltd. appears to be still in business, why don't you try to ask them for info about the board?
https://www.tak.co.jp/inquiry/

By Giangiacomo Zaffini 2

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06-07-2019, 22:48

I think it is a cheap substitution of SOUND ORCHESTRA V/LS/VS(SNE) board for NEC Pc-98x series of computer. I linked my source of information above.

By Pentarou

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06-07-2019, 23:31

Giangiacomo Zaffini 2 wrote:

I linked my source of information above.

Which one exactly? I'm curious since PC-98 didn't use ISA slots.

Takamichi: You are right! I just remembered that there was at least one OLD JPN only machine that came with ISA slots: The SEGA Teradrive.
But those from the YA you linked don't count: The complete PCs are from the W98/W2000 era and have on-board audio, the others are industrial PC backplanes/parts.

By Giangiacomo Zaffini 2

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07-07-2019, 01:43

then I'm wrong. I can live with that. My reference links are still in posts above.

By Takamichi

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07-07-2019, 01:58

Giangiacomo Zaffini 2 wrote:

It is one of Nec PC-98x series sound board. Look here and expecially here.

VERY interesting info, but the Sound Orchestra boards seem to differ from mine. Most Sound Orchestra boards (image search result) had two ATARI joystick ports, mine has one soundblaster DA-15 port. The insertion terminal quite differs and my board seems too big to fit in PC98. The PC98 boards state "ORCHESTRA", mine doesn't.

By Takamichi

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07-07-2019, 02:43

Pentarou wrote:

Since Takashima & Co., Ltd. appears to be still in business, why don't you try to ask them for info about the board?
https://www.tak.co.jp/inquiry/

I thought their name was a coincidence because their businesses are textiles and building construction. However I realized they deal with robotics and have iTak subsidiary that manufacturers electronic parts. I'll contact them.

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