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  1. 12 minutes ago, ivop said:

    IIRC Mahoney uses the gate bit extensively. "We" could use STIMER to reset phase.


    Just thinking here... There may be a way to get some crude alignment on 2 voices with AUDCTL, especially if you can base some pitches off the 15KHz clock. Load the intended pitch, but flip to the 1.8MHz clock until you want the wave to start. You'll get ultrasonic (silent) waves until you flip back and then the slow wave starts.


    EDIT: I guess that's no better than cramming a divisor of 0, though except that it would affect 2 voices at once. Although flipping to the fast clock would run out the timer on the current pitch quickly since you can't align anything until the counter expires.

  2. 2 hours ago, R0ger said:

    Anyway I wonder what have you read, as I could basically find nothing.

    Just the datasheets, app notes and emulation info on old voice chips. Looking at the requirements.

    19 minutes ago, ivop said:

    You're right, but they use the same principle @Bryan proposed. Determine the three most dominant frequencies in a certain time slice and replay those with your soundchip. SID in this case. IIRC their time slice is 20ms, i.e. one PAL frame.


    Here it is used to replay an a-capella song, but it could just as well be used to play phonemes and concatenate them for words and sentences.


    Pokey could do four instead of three channels, but with square waves and not sine waves. And phase alignment will be a problem, too.


    Well, I believe you can align a voice by:

    1. knowing the cycles since Pokey was reset (using WSYNC alignment or maybe triggering an interrupt off a voice?)

    2. cramming a short pitch value (perhaps at 0 volume) to delay the next square wave.

    Cycle counting would be needed, but at least locking to scan lines makes it deterministic.


    I've also thought about the sounds Alley Cat makes. It's possible there's enough poly sounds already in there that would be suitable for a crude robot voice if you could find them all.

  3. After reading old documentation on speech synthesis, I'm convinced that intelligible speech can be done on Pokey without the overhead of sampled phonemes. You need to identify the main frequency components and type of noise (f, s, t sounds) needed and change them at regular intervals through the phoneme. The poly sounds could be really good for getting basic combinations of frequencies too.

  4. I want to give everyone an update:


    I have been working full-time on renovating my house to sell. As many of you know, my wife and I spent 3 1/2 years in Costa Rica and I had a large freelance job lined up that I thought would provide income while we were there. Well, it kinda fizzled due to a lack of interest from the other party and when my wife and I moved back, we were deeply in debt. I bought a cheap fixer-upper house in Michigan so my wife could take care of her mother with advanced diabetes. At first, we were going to live here and slowly work off our debts, but with the rising real estate market combined with a generous offer to live cheaply with friends, it has become important to finish up my repairs and sell the house ASAP for a fresh start. To this end I've been living in a construction zone and maxing out my credit cards to get the work finished and I hope I'm in my final month of this gigantic task (this house was cute, but completely trashed in every way).


    I'm shipping out current orders as I can make the time, and I hope to resume development of future products as soon as I get my lab set up again somewhere else. I know I still have PMs to answer and I'll fill as many remaining orders as I can, but I'm not planning on ordering any more boards until next year. I just wanted to explain why I dropped out of sight for a little while.



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  5. Why are "written" cells zero instead of one?

    I believe it saved an extra transistor per bit cell. With EPROMs, you're basically charging a small floating capacitor acting as the gate of a FET. With no charge present (erased cell), the FET conducts and this is represented by a 1. Once the gate is charged, the FET no longer conducts. UV light can excite the electrons enough that they tunnel through the barrier and discharge the gate (and, they'll discharge themselves naturally over the next 20-50 years).

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  6. Interesting. Now we have a new white elephant to chase. :P Maybe Revision A was used when the "Atari 810 Disk Peripheral Device Description" document was written


    I deleted my comment about a Rev A ROM. The Tech-Tip was actually talking about the computer OS even though it was included in the 810 FSM. It would be interesting to see if there ever was a Rev A released. Maybe in a prototype drive. One thing is clear from the Tech-Tips, Atari had a lot of problems getting this thing to work right at first.

  7. Here's a (rough) picture of the ROM in the schematic. Notice how they labeled the chip selects on the left as active low, but pulled them high? They are indeed active high, but that makes them incompatible with any 23 or 25 series EPROM I know of. Mask ROMs often have optional inverters on these pins allowing you to pick the polarity. This is how they made all those 2600 games respond to A12 properly.




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  8. The 5200 is a mess. The 16Kx1 DRAM pulls a LOT of power during refresh and the power conditioning on the UAV apparently isn't enough to overcome it. I'm planning on coming up with some board mods to further isolate the DRAM from the supply.

  9. Hi everyone.


    I've been pulled away from my Atari projects for a little bit, so I've ordered a small run of UAV Rev D boards to keep them available until I have more time.


    The available options are currently:

    Basic $22

    Plug-In $25

    Kit $25

    XEL $25

    5200 low-profile build $25


    I'm getting caught up with PMs as well so let me know if I've forgotten anyone.

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  10. Use a quality Type I. Other formulations will be a mismatch and their main advantages (better response, dynamic range, etc...) don't matter in this application. Tape shouldn't be considered permanent and a digital copy should be made (and saved in a lossless format) as well.


    Something like the Maxell UR, Sony HF or TDK D range should be fine.

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  11. 1st of all, consumer video products used RF unless they were expensive devices that needed to be more flexible. VCRs could handle composite because they could be linked together. Video games had RF because everything supported it. Even by the mid '80s, only premium TVs had AV jacks. The NES got people seriously considering TVs with this feature. The 2600 was a cheap legacy product in 1986. It's no surprise they didn't add features that late in the game.

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