Is there any ISA to USB glue logic?

category: music [glöplog]
Specifically, would it be possible to do opl3 or gus through Vista 64 using such a thing?
added on the 2010-10-16 18:56:01 by QUINTIX QUINTIX
mmm, would that work with a GUS?
added on the 2010-10-16 20:28:36 by Gargaj Gargaj
Cool... I can use now my opl3 sound blaster... :D

Or not...
added on the 2010-10-16 20:35:33 by speeder speeder
Even tho it's just OPL2 ... and uses LPT, maybe this is interesting as well.
added on the 2010-10-17 08:48:53 by shock__ shock__
Now we just need Laptops with LPT ports... ;)
added on the 2010-10-17 13:01:31 by raer raer
Expresscard parallel port!?
In fact, while we are at it, why not have a 32x PCIe 3.0 to a single 14.4k softmodem? /sarcasm
added on the 2010-10-17 20:29:18 by QUINTIX QUINTIX
Not a USB device but these guys still sell ISA stuff (Some properietary controllers for old devices still might use ISA since making a new one would cost too much etc..). The link is to a core2 motherboard with PCI+ISA+PCI-e in case it doesn't work for some reason..

About USB to ISA, I don't know that much.
Anyway, why not just dig up an old computer from trash, install GUS/OPL3 card on it and use it ?
With any 64bit USB/etc.. I am sure that you are bound to run into serious issues when trying to make it work with older programs (even if using pure dos since that is already an adventure to get running properly on some newer systems).

Seriously, just get an old 486 or P1 to save the headache :)
I have a "retro machine" just for the purpose of running older games or demos that simply won't run on newer systems. Transferring stuff can be done even over USB when using pure dos these days.
added on the 2010-10-17 20:48:04 by oasiz oasiz
Note that these devices will most likely NOT provide proper IRQ/DMA support and thus wil depend on some driver layer help in order to provide full ISA functionality.

Standard I/O only GUS or AdLib playback might work.

If you want real ISA watch out for a 430HX/VX or 440BX board, or even better a real ISA (read: no PCI!) 486 board - todays chipset lack the extra circuitry needed to provide full hw-compatible ISA DMA for a ISA-PCI bridge.
added on the 2010-10-18 00:05:43 by T$ T$
Specifically, would it be possible to do opl3 or gus through Vista 64 using such a thing?
May I ask why?
added on the 2010-10-18 09:57:45 by gloom gloom
Why? Composing music using the quirks of real hardware.
added on the 2010-10-18 18:37:43 by QUINTIX QUINTIX
What is the point of doing that if noone will hear your music properly?
added on the 2010-10-18 20:07:37 by speeder speeder