FORTE MEDIA FM801 AS DRIVER

To operate the synthesizer firstly a WDM driver must be installed and working on your computer, this isn’t covered here, and you will need to obtain one from your sound card manufacturer, in my case I downloaded the driver from the Genius website for an SM32x2 audio card. Once the basic setup is working to enable midi playback via the FM synth, the audio control panel applet must be opened and the default midi output device set: When you save it disc place it somewhere you can locate it later, but do not run it yet. Table of contents Playing those olde music files from games In the dark ages of PC games software a sound card called the AdLib was popular, in fact I had one myself and it was a 8 bit ISA card. We can use the fm application as detailed earlier to select this mode: This source is also covered by the license above.

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From the drop down list I have selected the appropriate device, this means that from now on Windows Media Player and other midi players will use the FM synth for their midi file playback. The sliders do not interact with the master mf801 in any way and only affect the synth.

Forte Media FM801 audio card drivers

Press ok and load up an old game tune, now it should be coming directly from the fm device rather using software emulation, however, chances are that you can’t hear anything, this is because the fm chip by default works in OPL3 mode, and AdPlug needs OPL2 mode to be mddia. Please note that downloading and then running the application implies that you understand the above license.

At this time Mayfollowing mediia link will give you all the details and locations for obtaining giveio. The download link at the genius site seems to no longer exist, and if you have been looking for a driver, try here instead. Medix the instructions for installing both the above applications, and whilst you are at it, locate some game music files, a site worth visiting is Chiptune where all sorts tunes can be downloaded for playback.

An issue I found with midi playback on the fm is that msdia WDM driver does not have the capability of altering the fm synth volume, it does allow you ad alter the master volume, but that is far as it goes. There is also an option to switch the operating mode of the OPL device between 2 and 3, this isn’t used when playing back midi files and should be set to 3 at all times else weird er sounds will emanate from your speakers when playing tunes.

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Select this item and you will be presented with the following, where I have enabled the hardware OPL2 device and entered the value calculated above NNNN eg. Thanks to Jim http: Follow the instructions on installing PortTalk at the given website, and next we shall see how to use it with WinAmp. If you were confident and clicked OK, then fm will now appear like this: Table of contents Using Midi To operate the synthesizer firstly a WDM driver must be installed and working on your computer, this isn’t covered here, and you will need to obtain one from your sound card manufacturer, in forre case I downloaded the driver ad the Genius website for an SM32x2 audio card.

You will be presented with the following confirmation dialog, press OK if you are really sure the address you entered is correct: Locate the WinAmp preferences dialog from the menu and find the AdPlug input options: To get your hardware working instead of the software emulation we need to install one more application on the computer, this application is named PortTalk and can be found here.

It has been noticed that moving the sliders to zero will probably not remove all audio output a this can be considered a fault in the fm design.

In some circumstances noticable audio distortion can be heard as the default fm synth volume is set too high. We can use the fm application as detailed earlier to select this mode: This allows you to play FM tones with 6 note polyphony out of your old FM card.

This isn’t normally a feature of the OPL devices and this can be handy should you utilise the synth in a sequencer application.

To operate the fortr firstly a WDM driver must be installed and working on your computer, this isn’t covered here, and you will need to obtain one from your sound card manufacturer, in my case I downloaded the driver from the Genius website for an SM32x2 audio card. Table of contents An Issue with using midi An issue I found with midi playback on the fm is that the WDM driver does not have the capability of altering the fm synth volume, it does allow you to alter the master volume, but that is far as it goes.

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This can be used instead of than setting the master volume to zero. If you are a younger computer user, however, then you may well be thinking what is that [insert expletive s ] noise? The source code to that application can also be found here.

To do this you must first unlink the volume sliders by clicking Linked then alter each one accordingly. As a more elderly computer user, a feeling of nostalgia for bygone days of low tech audio comes flooding back. Table of contents Playing those olde music files from games In the dark ages of PC games software a sound card called the AdLib was popular, in fact I had one myself and it was a 8 bit ISA card.

Enter your fm resource address, eg. This isn’t hard to discover, and the following shall explain how this is done.

You may prefer the emulation, but if have got this far then you may as well get your fm making noises playing the old tunes! IMPORTANT, both the values given here are in hexadecimal, and we can’t use normal decimal addition to calculate the OPL2 address if the base address doesn’t sit at nice fn801 simple boundary such as or I have remedied this problem, though, by writing a simple application to allow setting this fm synth volume, next we will look at the application and see what benefits we gain from torte it.