[sdiy] TI 76477 Space Invaders sound chip detailed analysis

John Speth john.speth at andrews-cooper.com
Wed May 23 19:01:04 CEST 2018


I got the chip from RS in the 70’s.  It was fun to play with but compared to what one can do today, it’s just a historical novelty today.  I still have that chip plus the folding paper that was stapled to the back of the card.

JJS

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Subject: [sdiy] TI 76477 Space Invaders sound chip detailed analysis

I've just found this while surfing the internet, an analysis of the 76477 sound chip's digital sound circuits. This includes the unique shift-register based noise circuit, as well as the noise filter circuit (which is analog):

http://www.righto.com/2018/05/inside-76477-space-invaders-sound.html

Here's an earlier anysis of the analog circuitry:

http://www.righto.com/2017/04/reverse-engineering-76477-space.html

I wonder if anyone has tried cloning the chip for synth use, with modern features like eg tuning.
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