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Yamaha Sound Edge (1995) SW20-PC [FM] win3.1 compatible
« on: December 20, 2014, 05:07:29 AM »
Yamaha Sound Edge
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yamaha_YMF278
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features a driver for windows 3.1 http://www.soundcard-drivers.com/companies/1165.htm
http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/1995_articles/sep95/yamahasoundedge.html
https://retrosoundcards.wordpress.com/2011/05/18/yamaha-sound-edge-sw20-pc/
** possibly compatible with voyetra sequencer plus using Opit928 vapi driver **





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A Yamaha soundcard -- at last! Since the beginning of PC soundcard history, almost every soundcard manufactured (including the market-dominating SoundBlaster range) has been using a Yamaha sound chip to provide internal synth capabilities -- the OPL2, a 2-operator FM chip, later updated to the 4-operator OPL3.

Although these chips are still used on basic models, because they're cheap, and on sophisticated models in order to provide compatibility with existing DOS-based games, most soundcards nowadays use wavetable synthesis chips for the purpose of providing good quality MIDI sounds. The OPL2 and OPL3 FM chips dominated for about 10 years and created some kind of a standard, but no particular manufacturer has yet dominated the market with wavetable synthesis chips. The only standard that prevails amongst PC soundcards is that they're all General MIDI (and some are GS) compatible.

This brings us to the new Yamaha OPL4 chip, which uses a combination of wavetable and FM synthesis, and is therefore compatible with both the old and the new standards. This chip isn't brand new -- it's already available on another card manufactured by Logitec -- but it is used on the new Yamaha Sound Edge card, reviewed here.

this card was also produced for the NEC pc98 platform http://www5f.biglobe.ne.jp/~kame/sedge.htm

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Re: Yamaha Sound Edge (1995) SW20-PC [FM] win3.1 compatible
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2018, 07:47:45 AM »
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