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Apple IIgs "old Apple sound" mods

Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by ToasterKing, Jan 24, 2004.

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  1. ToasterKing

    ToasterKing Guest

    I have a ROM 3 Apple IIgs with an Applied Engineering Sonic Blaster
    card for stereo audio output and input sampling, connected to external
    amplified speakers. The Sonic Blaster only processes the digital audio
    coming from the J-25 connector on the Ensoniq 5503 DOC and doesn't play
    the legacy sounds from 8-bit Apple software. The problem is, if I have
    the GS's internal speaker on for those sounds, the internal speaker
    also plays the GS sound that comes from my external speakers, but with
    a lesser acoustic quality and monophonically.

    I want to be able to do one of two things:
    1. Modify the GS so that the legacy Apple sound also plays through the
    external speakers, and disconnect the internal speaker. I think this
    would require some decoupling and possibly an op-amp. I only want to
    do this if it won't introduce noise into the external speakers, or
    degrade the sound quality.
    2. Modify the GS so that ONLY the legacy sound comes from the internal
    speaker (and only the Ensoniq output through the external speakers). I
    would think this would be as simple as clipping a motherboard trace,
    but I don't know which one.

    If anyone has pinouts of the Mega II (for old Apple sound output)
    and/or the mixing and amplification circuitry for the headphone output
    and internal speaker, it would be most appreciated. And otherwise,
    does anyone have any tips for me on this?

    Thanks,
    TK
     
  2. This isn't a repair issue.

    Ask in comp.sys.apple2

    Michael
     
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