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

Roman Sowa modular at go2.pl
Mon Jan 10 11:46:51 CET 2022


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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