Help with Moonblaster 1.4 and OpenMSX

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Por gacaffe

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05-02-2019, 16:07

Hi everyone,

I have started composing for MSX-MUSIC with Moonblaster 1.4. I am using openMSX.

I have no problem with that. I read an English version of the manual "Moonblaster for Moonsound" and I managed to compose 6 FM channels and drums (I am not using Moonsound but MSX-MUSIC/FM-PAC).

I thought that it was a pity to limit my songs to MSX-MUSIC only, so I was thinking of using MSX-AUDIO also. I have some questions:
- What is the extension I must use for OpenMSX to include the MSX-AUDIO cardtrige (or chip, or whatever it is) to test it with Moonblaster?
I have tried adding the OPL3 extension and it seems to work, but there are no drums (!). Also, I think that MSX-AUDIO has OPL2 and not 3.
- Is there a manual explaining how to use MSX-AUDIO with Moonblaster?

Thanks a lot,

Gabriel

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Por Meits

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05-02-2019, 16:26

In openMSX use the mbstereo addon. That inserts the MSX-Audio and MSX-Music and pans each to its own side so you really get "stereo" in stead of two identical sounding speakers. This mimics the Moonblaster Stereo.
If you want you can always use catapult to center both chips again.

Por gacaffe

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05-02-2019, 19:53

Thanks Meits. It is very nice.

However, I do not know how to use drums with MSX-AUDIO. Right now the drum channel is on the left, so only MSX-MUSIC is producing that. Any help/documentation?

Cheers!

PS.- I promise posting some audio as payment Tongue

Por JohnHassink

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05-02-2019, 19:58

Hi gacaffe, you need to load a "samplekit" into the MSX-Audio sample RAM.
Do you have a file called MBSTAND1.MBK? It's a pretty useful basic kit that I think used to come with the tracker.

Por Meits

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05-02-2019, 22:01

Download any of the music disks here. Some of them might have obfuscated the files, most of them probably haven't.
Check out for *.MBK files. You can load them in Moonblaster via the disk menu (F5 from the main screen).

An MSX-Audio might have ways to play FM drum sounds. Moonblaster does not work like that. It wants the user to load external samples, which are in a samplekit with the MoonBlaster-sampleKit (MBK) extension.

Por gacaffe

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06-02-2019, 09:27

Right. I will check that. Thanks a lot guys.

Por Manuel

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06-02-2019, 10:49

FYI: MSX-AUDIO contains OPL (1).

Por NYYRIKKI

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06-02-2019, 20:36

Manuel wrote:

FYI: MSX-AUDIO contains OPL (1).

We know... but in this case facts or physical properties are only relevant to end user as software incompatibility. Smile

Por Manuel

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06-02-2019, 22:54

Just responding to "I have tried adding the OPL3 extension and it seems to work, but there are no drums (!). Also, I think that MSX-AUDIO has OPL2 and not 3."

Por gacaffe

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09-02-2019, 18:58

Guys, thanks a lot.

Now my song is working with both MSX-AUDIO and MSX-MUSIC.

You can see a test I've just uploaded to Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVrpWk3xrQ0

I still have two questions:
1. Can I make this song compatible with Moonsound?
2. What is the OpenMSX extension to use only MSX-AUDIO?

Thanks a lot again. I hope you like the short song I composed for you ;)

Cheers,

Gabriel

Por Manuel

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09-02-2019, 22:05

1. What exactly do you mean?
2. You can use the 'audio' extension for a generic MSX-AUDIO... or a specific one like Philips_NMS-1205, Panasonic_FS-CA1 or Toshiba_HX-MU900.

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