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Offline amigakit

New A-EON Music Card for Classic Amigas
« on: October 20, 2013, 04:23:36 AM »
News from Amiwest

New A-EON Music Card for Classic Amigas:

http://www.a-eon.com/?page=aw2013

A-EON Technology

NEWS RELEASE

Prisma Megamix:

Multi format DSP music card for your classic Amiga

AmiWest 2013 18th October 2013

In its prime, the sound quality delivered by the Amiga's on-board Paula chip was pretty special. Its 4 channel stereo 8-bit audio output with frequencies up to 28 kHz when using 15 kHz screen modes, or up to 56 kHz with higher horizontal frequency screen modes was so far in advance of the IBM PC's monotone beep, which was virtually mute by comparison. The Amiga's audio was further augmented by a whole host of digital sound cards and samplers supplied by numerous hardware manufacturers. Sadly those days are long gone. However, that is all about to change. A-EON Technology is proud to announce Prisma Megamix, a modern next- generation soundcard for Classic Amiga computers. The Prisma Megamix is a dual-use card which can be connected to either the Zorro II or a Clockport and incor- porates a VS1063 DSP chip which can play and encode MP2, MP3, WMA, OGG, LC-AAC, HE-AAC, FLAC, IMA, WAV PCM and many other sound formats making it ideal for hi-fi audio playback and stream- ing applications. It achieves this with very little CPU overhead enabling full 200Kbps stereo playback on a standard 68K Zorro II Amiga while still allowing good multitasking. With Prisma Megamix, an Amiga 2000, 3000, 4000 or A1200 can mix MP3 streams and encode/decode them in real time without burdening the CPU. The MP3 sound processor is fully handled by CPLD and is transparent to the software. Audio data transfers are streamed at 16-bit (Zorro II) or 8-bit (Clockport), and bit banging is not required for SPI accesses to the MP3 sound processor. Mixing inputs for Paula, genuine sound and line in are provided, as well as earphone outputs and line outs. In Zorro II equipped Amigas, the Prisma's Clockport can be used for add-ons and multiple cards can also be installed allowing audio enthusiasts.

Prisma Megamix prototype to mix their tracks at full quality. Special drivers are being written for AmigaOS 3.x and 4.x systems and a Xorro PCI-E version is also planned for A-EON Technology's Next-Generation AmigaONE systems. Prisma Megamix installed in A4000.
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Give your Amiga its voice!

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Offline amiman99

Re: New A-EON Sound Card for Classic Amigas
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2013, 04:27:07 AM »
COOL!!

AHI??

How much?? or at least ball park price.
When it's available?

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Offline Matt_H

Re: New A-EON Sound Card for Classic Amigas
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2013, 05:34:00 AM »
Well hot damn! Depending on how the software support works out (mpeg.device compatible decoding API?) this might replace my Delfina...
 

Offline Gulliver

Re: New A-EON Sound Card for Classic Amigas
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2013, 07:13:21 AM »
Interesting. I hope they add Toccata emulation, so we can use it under MovieShop.
 

Offline vox

Re: New A-EON Sound Card for Classic Amigas
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2013, 07:55:42 AM »
Quote from: amigakit;750553
News from Amiwest

New A-EON Sound Card for Classic Amigas:

http://www.a-eon.com/?page=aw2013

Nice news for Classic lovers, but there are bigger news :-)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAq23xRiISI
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Offline TCMSLP

Re: New A-EON Sound Card for Classic Amigas
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2013, 01:06:07 PM »
Any news on what Steven Solie's speech covered?
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Offline Linde

Re: New A-EON Sound Card for Classic Amigas
« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2013, 02:00:53 PM »
What kind of performance would I have using this on the A1200 clock port? Seems like a cool card, I'm just speaking as the owner of a Zorro-less machine.
 

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Offline spirantho

Re: New A-EON Sound Card for Classic Amigas
« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2013, 02:55:02 PM »
A 7MHz A1500 can throw data across the bus fast enough to keep it fed with 320Kbps mp3 data, so I reckon a 68020 over the clockport should be similar.
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Offline nicholas

Re: New A-EON Sound Card for Classic Amigas
« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2013, 04:37:42 PM »
Quote from: vox;750558
Nice news for Classic lovers, but there are bigger news :-)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAq23xRiISI

"Bigger" is subjective, I'd wager that more Prisma soundcards get sold than all OS4 motherboards combined.

@Matthew,

Any hint on a rough price for one of these babies?

@Ian

Will the decoding be compatible with already existing software (mpeg.device etc) and/or will it come with datatypes for the formats it supports?
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Offline spirantho

Re: New A-EON Sound Card for Classic Amigas
« Reply #10 on: October 20, 2013, 04:57:39 PM »
It's something we're looking into, definitely. I've not looked at the mpeg library for a while so can't remember the API.. but it would be nice to be widely supported by existing software as well as the new programs!
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Offline F1Lupo

Re: New A-EON Sound Card for Classic Amigas
« Reply #11 on: October 20, 2013, 05:20:46 PM »
great news! now I don't have to worry about replacing my audio caps for a 2nd time:)
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Offline Matt_H

Re: New A-EON Sound Card for Classic Amigas
« Reply #12 on: October 20, 2013, 05:29:20 PM »
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It's something we're looking into, definitely. I've not looked at the mpeg library for a while so can't remember the API.. but it would be nice to be widely supported by existing software as well as the new programs!


delfinampeg.device is what I currently use - source code is available if you need some reference material: http://aminet.net/package/mus/play/dmdev
 

Offline nicholas

Re: New A-EON Sound Card for Classic Amigas
« Reply #13 on: October 20, 2013, 05:41:46 PM »
Quote from: spirantho;750595
It's something we're looking into, definitely. I've not looked at the mpeg library for a while so can't remember the API.. but it would be nice to be widely supported by existing software as well as the new programs!

Sounds great, will hardware documentation be available for 3rd party developers?
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Offline Ral-Clan

Re: New A-EON Sound Card for Classic Amigas
« Reply #14 on: October 20, 2013, 06:01:59 PM »
Quote from: Linde;750583
What kind of performance would I have using this on the A1200 clock port? Seems like a cool card, I'm just speaking as the owner of a Zorro-less machine.


From the press release it sounds like it will only do 8-bit when connected via the clock port.

This is a great product. Sorely needed by the Amiga community.
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