MAME Sound Quality From Win36 Final Onwards : LUSENET : MAME Action Replay : One Thread

Is it me or has the sound quality in MAME gotten worse. The sound in Win36b15 was ok but in all the versions beyond that I get the occasional 'cracks' in the sound when playing the games. I get this no matter what sound options I set, although I do tend to use the recommended MIDAS option for this Win95 (DOS disabled) machine.

-- LordGaz (, May 23, 2000


I'm using .36 MAME32 final, and not having any problems. But the official site says they are having some sound issues under Win2000. Would you happen to be using it? Also, for best settings, I think the recommendation is currently DirectSound.


-- Q.T.Quazar (, May 23, 2000.

The machine is Windows95. I changed to the DirectSound option as recommended but the sound didn't improve - then I ticked the FM Synthesis option and the sound improved slightly although it's still not perfect.

-- LordGaz (, May 29, 2000.

I have the same problem. Anytime I use a version of MAME without SEAL sound which includes any version of MAME beyond 36b15, I get cracking sounds. The problem is I really, really want to play Looping, and I can't play it on the earlier version. Help! Midas sound sucks! Its SEAL that's the good stuff. Maybe MAME should learn a lesson, if it ain't broke...

-- Mike Welle (, April 14, 2001.

Yup, Win36b15 was the last version with no crackly sounds. The operating system and CPU power makes absolutely no difference at all, I've used MAME on them all. Actually even in tgmame35 with a non- Seal setup, I sometimes get echo effects and after escaping from a game I get the last second of sound replaying, weird.

In the MAME support pages they do mention that if you get sound breakup, then you should pause the game for a second or two then unpause. But of course you can't do that when recording for MARP because pausing is illegal!

-- LordGaz (, April 15, 2001.

Pausing is allowed for MARP recordings , but not in Tournaments. ( i think ) , Do please correct me if I`m wrong ?


-- AL (, April 15, 2001.

Pausing is impossible in tournament recordings.

-- Kaidi Echitra (, April 15, 2001.

Pausing IS possible with any mame, AlT-TAB with windows to put the current window in the background, SIGTSP with unix... it's just that if you pause with a tournament mame it'll be recorded in the inp, so it can be detected.

-- Chad (, April 15, 2001.

Forgive me, I meant that using the regular pause key isn't possible (at least as far as I can tell... might only be 37b9tg2).

-- Kaidi Echitra (, April 16, 2001.

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