Spc2Midi .113 - minor
Stops notes at end of song (for songs like the FF6 snowy intro)
Increased compatibility with a few different/unusual configurations, by playing around with my sound card IO in Device Manager, intentionally setting it to every possible configuration supported. Confirmed 8bit DMA channels can be used for 16bit transfers.
Added MPU output (but disabled for now because of strange pc lockups)
Fiery Gui (just for fun)
In case you've ever wondered, this is what it looks like when your computer overheats. If you wish to be amused, dld it, view it, and simply delete it when it no longer amuses you.
2001-10-19: Famicomm Sound Manual
SF Sound Manual
Anyone read the Super Famicom Sound Manual transcribed by Ledi? It's great and very informative, but notice there are a few missing parts? Well, I added them, using my ASCIIfying ability for the diagrams. Of course, if you have the original TIFs scanned in my Antitrack, my additions are unbeneficial. Personally, I find a huge text file more accessible though.
Added figure 1.2 System Outline
Added figure 1.4 Signal Flow (especially informative)
Included section 8 Development Tools
Corrected opcode for ASL labs
Grr, Win2k sucks for DOS support. I used a halt instruction in the main loop to reduce CPU usage, and on my computer it works great. You can even hear the fan tone lower because less power is drawn. Windows 95/98 use the HLT instruction as a welcome opportunity to perform extra processing, but Win2k terminates the program with a GPF. Since the program's birth, it has set the fps to 30 for more precision, but instead of Win2k simply intercepting the port write and chaining to my program at the proper periods (a little jitter acceptable), it's stuck at dumb 18.2 ticks per second. Discovered the real reason why Spc2Midi does not work with the college computers is because they have legacy emulation disabled (and of course, I don't administrative privileges to enable them).
Tried Spc2Midi last night on my 25Mhz 386, and it played the Mario RPG ending in real time! ;-) (albeit at only 11khz)
Increased timing accuracy by putting Spc2Midi and the real SNES side by side. They should now play in sync for minutes +-1/30 second.
Improved DMA resynchronization greatly
Added left+right volume averaging instead of only using left channel, as some voices were completely silent because they used right volume only.
Set initial key on so that notes playing while saved are played as soon as it starts.
No more 'offensive' HLT instruction
Louis Bontes (author of Naga font editor) site seems to have vanished. I was storing a few of my utilities on there, so the links have been adjusted.
Had a great summer vacation, visiting with family and friends, programming until the next day's dawn, watching tons of anime, and even playing a few video games. No, it only lasted two months, not four like the lack of updates would suggest; but I thought I should let anyone reading that I'm still alive. Amazing, no updates in four months and just this week my counter gave 120 hits!?
Now I'm back looking for a programming job. Currently I'm just tutoring part time in the college lab.
Added a few minor features to Spc2Midi, simple voice emulation (no gain/adsr yet), fast forward, rewind, and for mere amusement, even playing backwards! Temporarily substituted wave output for the FM. Just found out today that it sometimes unexplainably crashes under Win2k (college computers!?) but has been fully compatible with DOS/Win95/Win98. You might want to download it simply to hear familiar songs played the wrong way.
I'm graduating in a week and a half. Only a fool believes something to be foolproof.
Btw, did I mention that I'll be graduating in a week and a half! Reiteration for emphasization. ;-)
Minor changes to my page colors. Finally (after wasting several hours!) got it to appear correctly under Netscape too (however, NS still has that stupid bug that changes the font after a table, and of course the nice little menu doesn't appear).
ShowTmap - simple tilemap shower
Just a little test program I wrote over the weekend that displays a scrollable Secret of Mana map.
Increased maximum wrap width to 1024, hopefully sufficiently large enough for any graphic entity. Also good for scrolling through a huge file really fast.
Added anti-thrashing routine now to spare your hard disk an early death when loading huge files.
Added a page to show just a few of my drawings.
Sorry for the line-feed stripped Zelda routine. Apparently Tripod does not correctly serve the ".asm" filetype. So I renamed it to text, and it appears fine.
Thanks to Necrosaro, Neil, & Fusoya pointing me in the right direction, I figured out Zelda's graphics compression method last night. I probably should have spread finding/tracing/deciphering/commenting over more than one day though so that I got more than 1-1/2 hours sleep ;) For anyone interested, below is the decompiled source with comments. Zelda isn't only game that uses this format. Mario World also does, and Pokemon Silver&Gold both use a more advanced version (more control codes), which is documented by Necrosaro.
Yay, a new year, a new term, three fun new SNES games...