Club Gouda FM Stereo PAK
This page was last modified 14:13, 3 December 2022 by Mars2000you. Based on work by Gdx.

Description

This FM Stereo PAK is a clone of the Panasoft FM-PAC, but without the SRAM function, manufactured by the club Gouda in the Netherlands.

This cartridge contains the MSX-MUSIC chip with

  • its specific BIOS
  • extended BASIC instructions - see MSX-MUSIC BASIC
  • a 3.5mm stereo audio out connector. One channel contains the FM drums eventually mixed with the PSG sound, the other the FM melody channels.

The cartridge also has a built-in software, which can be started by running CALL FMPAK or _FMPAK from BASIC. Here you can listen to various demo sounds. Contrary to the original Panasoft firmware, which can be runned on MSX1, the Checkmark firmware requires a MSX2 or higher computer.

The FM Stereo PAK was also produced by several other people, sometime with more or less modifications like the PCB or/and sound output quality.

Gallery

Club Gouda FM Stereo Pak packaging
Club Gouda FM Stereo Pak cartridge
Club Gouda FM Stereo Pak PCB
Club Gouda FM Stereo Pak PCB bottom

Specifications

  • YM2413 FM chip
  • 16kB MSX-MUSIC Basic
  • Stereo audio out connector
  • Pseudo-stereo sound output
  • Built-in firmware

See MSX-MUSIC page for more specifications.