AWE64 with 2.1.131ac3
Sun, 6 Dec 1998 09:26:56 -0600 (CST)

I have just tried 2.1.131 with Alan's third patch--so far I have mixed
results with the AWE synth support.
On a positive note, a problem I've been having with the loading of
soundfonts has been eliminated (this problem was after I did an
sfxtest I to initialize the EMU chip, if I loaded a soundfont,
particularly this one 4MB soundfont I have, sfxload would stop
about 2 seconds into its process--far short of what it should have
done. Rerunning the sfxload program again (or in some cases several
times) finally gets it right ... FYI I have an AWE64 Gold with 4MB

I use Playmidi 2.4 with AWE32 support for my MIDI player:
Playmidi 2.4 Copyright (C) 1994-1997 Nathan I. Laredo, AWE32 by Takashi

On a negative note, the volume seems to be too low when playing MIDIs and
*especially* when playing MODs using xmp
(Extended Module Player 1.1.7pre01)

With xmp using the OSS sequencer:
Extended Module Player 1.1.7pre01 Thu Nov 5 14:42:27 EDT 1998
Copyright (C) 1996-1998 Claudio Matsuoka and Hipolito Carraro Jr
Using OSS sequencer [AWE32-0.4.3 (RAM4096k)]
AWE support Copyright (C) 1996,1997 by Takashi Iwai

The volume is so low that even turning up the Master and Synth volumes to
doesn't help entirely.

Using sfxload --volume=100 helps (with MIDIs), but overall the volume
of my MIDIs falls short of what they used to be with 2.1.130 (with the
old awe_wave driver). Another noticeable problem is that in some MIDI
files some notes die quicker than they did with 2.1.130.

One thing that might not be entirely AWE32-synth related, but is
a question I have had, is why on my AWE64 the mixer volumes must be so
dang high to get good volume. My typical AWE64 mixer settings require that
about all mixer settings are at 75% or higher. My old ESS1868-based
card got by just fine with all mixer settings at about 33%. I recognize
these are different hardware chipsets,

and would gladly be affirmed by anybody
who is sure about why this is so.

I am assuming just different hardware design,
but not shutting out the possibility of a bug/problem with the sb.o
(My ESS card used the sb.o module as well)


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