[sdiy] Looking for a specific sample-player/expander IC/module

Amos controlvoltage at gmail.com
Mon Jan 10 12:30:16 CET 2022


Fun factoid: the Moog PianoBar sound module is powered by one of those
Dream ROMpler chips.

On Monday, January 10, 2022, Tom Bugs via Synth-diy <synth-diy at synth-diy.org>
wrote:

> I'm just glad that no-one has said, in reference to D:Ream chips, that
> things can only get better 😕
>
> On 10/01/2022 10:46, Roman Sowa wrote:
>
>> And here's a photo of the starter kit.
>> I couldn't help it not taking a photo now, it's been laying in a box for
>> all those years
>> http://www.synthdiy.eu/files/DSC_6197.JPG
>>
>> It still breaks my heart looking at it, because I never carried on with
>> it and not finished the man's work...
>>
>> Roman
>>
>> W dniu 2022-01-10 o 11:10, Roman Sowa pisze:
>>
>>> As someone who actually held that mysterious DREAM chips in hands, let
>>> me tell you a little story.
>>> Back in the 90's together with a friend we were trying to make virtual
>>> pipe organ using those DREAM rompler chips. They had all it takes, easy to
>>> use, everything was just swell. But DREAM team is at the top skill level of
>>> customer avoidance. My friend had to buy development platform for some $3K,
>>> which was enormous amount of money for us here back then. He also managed
>>> to buy something like smaller starter kit, I can't remember the details
>>> anymore. Then they started to talk to him. He got datasheets, programing
>>> manuals, and the chips themselves, just a few samples, but it was huge
>>> victory. He got to the point when he was making his own baords with DREAM
>>> chip soldered.
>>> And then he died.
>>>
>>> I still have most of his stuff, but the development platform stayed with
>>> his family (PC with Dream software and huge card with Dream chips)
>>>
>>> I also tried to get other Dream chips, there used to be General MIDI
>>> chip available for some time, basicaly entire SoundCanvas synth in a chip.
>>> Just add DAC and MIDI jack. I got one as a sample. When I tried to buy
>>> them, local authorized distributor told me Atmel will not even talk to them
>>> about this.
>>>
>>> Roman
>>>
>>>
>>> W dniu 2022-01-08 o 19:34, Blender via Synth-diy pisze:
>>>
>>>> thanks everybody, OF COURSE i finally found it myself 5 minutes after
>>>> sending this email out... its DREAMs SAM chips from france. I also finally
>>>> found some old emails i tried sending them, without any response. and it
>>>> still is really hard to find any kind of information or even shops for
>>>> these chips, eve though i am pretty sure they are being used in quite a lot
>>>> of commercial products. looks like ATMEL might have bought the company in
>>>> the meantime? or at least they also offer similar series of SAM-named
>>>> synthesis SOCs. i reached out via email (for the third time over 2
>>>> years...) to see if they respond.
>>>>
>>>> https://www.dream.fr/devices.html#S5 <https://www.dream.fr/devices.
>>>> html#S5>
>>>>
>>>> but yeah, thanks for your guys input as well, consider this case close
>>>> - /unless/ someon has experience with those chips and is willing to share
>>>> some information
>>>>
>>>> On Sat, Jan 8, 2022 at 6:02 PM MTG <grant at musictechnologiesgroup.com
>>>> <mailto:grant at musictechnologiesgroup.com>> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>     This is NOT the chip you are looking for, but in the interest of
>>>> adding
>>>>     this rompler to the mailing list archives I give you an OLD chip:
>>>>
>>>>     SGS Thomson M114S Digital Sound Generator
>>>>     http://elektronikjk.pl/elementy_czynne/IC/M114S.pdf
>>>> <http://elektronikjk.pl/elementy_czynne/IC/M114S.pdf>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>     On 1/8/2022 8:46 AM, Blender via Synth-diy wrote:
>>>>      > Hello fellow builders,
>>>>      >
>>>>      > 1-2 years ago i discovered this chip (or was it a pcb module?)
>>>> by a
>>>>      > specialized manufacturer that allowed for rather complex sample
>>>>      > playback (ie. with multi-sampling, envelopes etc etc) that came
>>>> with
>>>>      > quite a big integrated memory (at least 4gb and 8gb options
>>>> iirc).
>>>>      > Now, my degrading brain unfortunately forgot the name of the
>>>>     company,
>>>>      > and i also fail to find anything in my browser histories...
>>>> spent a
>>>>      > few hours today trying to google it to no success.
>>>>      >
>>>>      > i am pretty sure the same or at least a similar chip is used in
>>>> the
>>>>      > v3sound expander modules:
>>>>      > https://www.v3sound.com/de/d-produkt-sonority-xxl.html
>>>> <https://www.v3sound.com/de/d-produkt-sonority-xxl.html>
>>>>      >
>>>>      > on my search today i came across https://www.vlsi.fi
>>>>     <https://www.vlsi.fi> which is similar,
>>>>      > but not it. i do think to remember that the company had an "f" in
>>>>      > their name, maybe "fun" or "cool"? obviously its not coolaudio
>>>>     though.
>>>>      > pretty sure i was on the (chinese?) OEM manufacturer site at some
>>>>     point.
>>>>      >
>>>>      > does anybody have a clue?
>>>>      >
>>>>      > best,
>>>>      > philip
>>>>      >
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