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 using it. 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. You will be presented with the following confirmation dialog, press OK if you are really sure the address you entered is correct:. This has been rectified, and in fact the version you can download now will auto-detect the correct base port of the fm if the driver is installed correctly. Write this down, and all those dialogs can be closed as we no longer need them. Enter your fm resource address, eg. All fm cards should be able to use the same driver, but obviously I am unable to actually test that theory.
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In this example I have installed fm081 PortTalk tools in C: Introduction The Forte Media Fm is an integrated circuit which can be found on many sound cards made between and Write this down, and all those dialogs can be closed as we no longer need cp. Select this item and you will be presented with the following, where I have enabled the hardware OPL2 fm80 and entered the value calculated above NNNN eg.
To operate the synthesizer firstly a WDM driver must be installed and working on your computer, this isn’t rm801 here, and you will need to obtain one from your sound card manufacturer, f8m01 my case I downloaded the driver from the Genius website for an SM32x2 audio card. As a more elderly computer user, a feeling of nostalgia for bygone days of low tech audio comes flooding back.
Follow 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. You will be presented with the following confirmation dialog, press OK if you are really sure the address you entered is correct: This source is also covered by the license above.
In order to listen to that old music, some application software must be installed. If you are cp younger computer user, however, then you may well be thinking what is that [insert expletive s ] noise?
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:. To do this you must first unlink the volume sliders by clicking Linked then alter each one accordingly.
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Enter your gm801 resource address, eg. There is also an option to switch the operating mode of the OPL device between mf801 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 fmm801 when playing tunes.
In emergencies ie, when the noise become unbearable this will be invaluable. In some circumstances noticable audio distortion can be heard as the default fm synth volume is set too high. 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. 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!
An issue I found with midi playback on the fm is that the Sp 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. This prepares the application for further processing. PortTalk is similar to giveio. This isn’t normally a feature of the OPL devices and this can be handy should you utilise the synth in a gm801 application. You will be presented with the following confirmation dialog, press OK if you are really sure the address you entered is correct:.
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This synthesizer is certainly not the best in the world, but has its uses as a noisy tone generator which can be fed into effects units to create unusual sounds, or as a means to listen to old computer game music written for the AdLib sound card from the late 80s. The OPL 2, 3 switch is utilised later for playing back all those sounds from old AdLib coompatible games, this will be covered next.
The source code to that application can also be found here. All fm cards should be able to use the same driver, but obviously I am unable to actually test that theory.
You cannot use these any more on modern computers without using a bridging interface, such as an external isa to usb converter, but this is no problem as the fm has the main component of the AdLib card OPL2 synth built in. If you were confident and clicked OK, then fm will now appear like this: 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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When you save it disc place it somewhere you can locate it later, but do not run it yet. Double click that icon and f8m01 system properties dialog appears, find the device manager on the hardware tab:. This allows you to play FM tones with 6 note polyphony out of your old FM card. We can use the fm application as detailed earlier to select this mode: