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Hardware News   Hardware News : Delfina: The DSP makes the difference!
   posted by Wiesel on 11-Apr-2008 23:05:07 (4217 reads)
Soundcards for the Amiga are continuously popular, but only one soundcard has a freely programmable DSP - a specialized audio processor. With this concept, the Delfina strictly follows the old Amiga-idea to do as much work as possible with specialized hardware in order to take load off the main processor. We have taken over the Delfina from Petsoff in 2003, but only published a software update once.

After more than four years, we're especially happy that Axel Schneider has taken over the development of the delfina.library in his spare time since october 2007. The original author Teemu Suikki (Finland) has published large parts of the Delfina software under different open-source licenses. For the first time, we're publishing the source code for drivers of a product that you can still buy in the shops and that's actively developed. Although it seems to be quite fashionable to increase prices for classic Amiga hardware, we don't see a reason to follow that trend. The price of the Delfina "flipper edition" of 129,- EUR(*) is still more than 140,- EUR under the price of the predecessors made by Petsoff.


The new library also allows connecting the Delfina to a 26-pin expansion port of our Zorro cards like Buddha and X-Surf (older models). Crashes that occured especially on fast accelerators and under high DSP-load, are probably completely eliminated. There are still some issues when playing back web radio streams with a bitrate of 256kbit or more that we could not trace back to the delfina library. Find out more in the readme file of the archive.

The software support for the older Delfina cards (made 1999 or earlier) is still in the drivers, but it is not maintained or tested any more. We recommend the use of a new card made by individual Computers.

Download:
DelfLib417b1.lha
(133 KBytes)

picture archive as addendum to the manual:
delfina_pictures.zip
(421 KBytes)

    

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Sandpiper 
Re: Delfina: The DSP makes the difference!
Posted on 12-Apr-2008 0:33:09
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Hey! Pleasant surprise. Testing it now. Thank you.

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Delfina have always been the best soundcard. Ive never experienced better soundquality than from DelfinaDSPz2 which I had for my A4000.

I am so sad that I had to sell it :(


Is there any plans to make a PCI version of DelfinaDSP?


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Re: Delfina: The DSP makes the difference!
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hello,

- not available on the clock port for A1200 ???

Yes, I know why. Not available as PCI on mediator...


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Pity the new Delfina does not fit in to my A1200 Desktop like the original version else I would buy one.


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Is it possible to use it somehow with AOS4 classic and a Amiga4000 with X-Surf (clock-ports are available here) or directly on the (Mediator-)Zorro board?

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hello,

yes, DJbase. work on A1200 and also buy one immediately/


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Always been interested in Delfina but i went to the prelude which also is a good card. Now im onto A1 and Juli@ :) I like the DSP part of Delfina.

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Posted on 12-Apr-2008 22:22:22
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I have a Toccata wich have been fool proof since i bought it

Delfina is also a great card, i want one for one of my other classicsi have several


@Kicko

I know just what you mean,I once had to decide wether Delfina or Prelude
I too ended up with a Prelude for my other classic

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Driver du med midi-musikk-Amiga?

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@Seaquest

I use hd-rec as midi/audio sequencer on os4/A1 to controll my HW synthesizers yes.

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@Kicko

Have you ever tried Radium? on classic that is...

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@all

Is there any advantage to using the 26pin expansion port rather than the clockport to connect to other devices? I currently use the clockport to connect to an X-Surf.

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@all

and again the question. Does this delphina card work with AOS4 classic?

Thanks,
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"a product that you can still buy in the shops "

which shops?


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@SeaQuest

Quote:
I have a Toccata which have been fool proof since I bought it

I know just what you mean,I once had to decide wether Delfina or Prelude
I too ended up with a Prelude for my other classic


Likewise, I also bought a Prelude for my A4000. It is a great card with good AHI support as well, the only problem I have with it is the connector bundle seemingly having some loose connections inside as the audio pass through leads no longer work, and I had to re-route sound through one of the AUX inputs.

I have looked out for another soundcard for my other A4000 for quite some time, but they are not always easy to come by (even on ebay). I had been tempted to get a Mediator or Prometheus and then slap one of the supported PCI soundcards into it, so it is nice to see one good Amiga card still actively worked on and sold.

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It seems there is strong demand for a desktop A1200 version of the card.

Are there any plans to unleash it onto such a market?


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Hi well i managed to buy one of the Delfina soundcards recently and installed it in my Amiga 1200 and it works a treat ,infact it has better sound than my windows 7 pc ,i do how ever have a accelerator fitted ,its the e matrix/30 and it works amazingly good ,now i ve waited a long time to see if i could record any thing with the Amega , so i bought Audio Evolution 3.2 installed it ,and tryed to load samples , i have to say how dissapointed i was when it never manged to play anything ,the software kept freezing and i had to keep rebooting ,
I did eventualy get the samples playing in sterio by reinstalling ahi ,but still when it came to recording the dreaded freeze again ,someone somwhere must have got this Audio Evolution to record some thing surely ,any help please .

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