This looks very promising: Not sure what the dirty lo-fi engine means but this app has some very nice features which could make this FM-synth the most useful FM-App on the iPad.
Well, CX5M lovers – I found this link while looking for some FM stuff and it took me back in time: http://yates.ca/dx7/
Great resources from the Yamaha community back in the 80s!
Here’s Emilio P.G. Ficara’s writeup about how to reuse the FM chip on an old PC ISA SoundBlaster soundcard:
I’m not sure if it would have been easier connecting the PIC directly to the FM chip though but it sure is a nice project.
Chances are you have a thing for the 80s, checking out CX5M stuff and all. The sound of that era is quite recognizable to say the least.
There are a lot of musicians out there still grasping that sound and producing new 80s music. There are great tunes to be discovered on the Future City Records label. Check out their stream here on soundcloud.
As you might have read I do not only stick to the CX5M but also some other apparatus like the TX81Z hardware or PX7 on Reason. However these are FM type generators and my recent diversion was made by the Korg Volca series.
Although I was already drawn to the Volca Beat (I was looking for a real a step-sequencer) I initially tried the Roland TR-8, the sequencer had swing settings and ah well.. you never go wrong on the good old 808/909 sound.
But playing around with the TR-8 I discovered the machine was less surprising than I had hoped for. Also the effects were responding a bit ‘clunky’ and the driver for muliti recording audio was not to my liking also, the whole TR-8 started to stutter it’s playback. Now I knew the Volca was the way to go.
And it has not let me down. Switch it on and play away. That’s how it’s supposed to be! It has it’s own sound, it’s very portable (battery and speaker) and I also like the fact that the Volca’s are so accessible for tweaking. (Since I also have an Inverse Poly 800 waiting for the Hawk mod this Volca is right up my alley!)
I already implemented the snare fix and MIDI out as you can see on the picture above. Those of you who have tried know it’s normally not possible to put a MIDI connector at that place but filing off the connector’s rear and use small wire you can precisely pull it off.
CONVERTING THE CX5M/II 128 TO MSX2 (XB300 board version)
MSX2 is an upgraded standard of MSX1. The main improvements on MSX2 are graphic capabilities. The Video Display Processor (VDP) has been changed to the Yamaha V9938 which provides higher resolution, more colors and and adjustable color palette. Continue reading
Just came across software called MSX Synth – it’s not specifically for the CX5M but you can use it to play around with the internal Yamaha sound chip: http://paxangasoft.retroinvaders.com/msxsynth.htm
It’s very nice to see how Paxanga has used the graphic possibilities of the MSX1 to make an advanced interface for the PSG sound chip. You can see a video here how it works:
Paxanga soft claims it’s still in development but I think it’s worth a try already.
So I started the backup if the DMS II recorder in order to get the rom image online. I’ve cut the SLTSL line (pin 4) from the connector and add a switch plus resistor to the EPROM so I can image it from within the CX5M without dangerous insert-tricks while the computer is on. This is how that looks: Continue reading
Well finally it’s available: MidiSlav 1.4. Check out the page here