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I have found a way to convert the PPG Library into .WAV files and plan to provide the complete library here over time. To reach that goal, I need some help - I don't have all disks, and of the ones that I have some are already partially defective. To all PPG Waveterm disk owners - please contact me and send me copies of your disks - together we'll make it.

All files have been created in 16 bit, 22050Hz, mono. This doesn't necessarily match the original sample rate. Should the original sample rate be available on the Waveterm diskettes, I haven't found it yet.

The currently available files are downloadable from Wavesynth. Paul Maddox kindly provided the necessary web space for them.

Do-it-yourself

For do-it-yourself types who have a PC with a 5 1/4" drive and Windows 95/98/ME, there's another method:

I have written two programs that can process Waveterm disk images:

These programs can process disk images that have been created by Anadisk  (or Pascal Thiault's programs). Both programs allow the selection of files and can export T-files into .WAV files using the "Disk" popup menu (or with the context menu accessible with the right mouse key). Calling them with the additional command line parameter "/full" reveals other options; these are mainly useful for debugging purposes.

Both programs can play back transient sounds at all (sound card-supported) original sample speeds now!

Anadisk

Here's a little instruction on how to create disk images with Anadisk:

  • put the PC into DOS mode. With that, I mean real DOS, not a DOS prompt in Windows... like in "Restart PC in DOS mode", or "Insert DOS Boot Disk and restart the PC".
  • Insert PPG Disk into the 5 1/4" drive and start Anadisk. As this is a shareware version, a nag screen appears.
  • First, a SCAN has to be done, otherwise the following disk reading step won't work. This seems to be a program error, but at least it can be circumvented. So: start SCAN, select the correct disk drive. Let SCAN read about 2-3 tracks, then press ESC-ESC to return to the main screen.
    SCAN should determine the following values:
    Waveterm A: 16 sectors with 256 bytes each per disk side
    Waveterm B: 4 sectors with 1024 bytes each per disk side
    Note: some drives can read Waveterm A disks, some can't. If SCAN determines that there are 16 sectors on each side and they are numbered 1-16 on side 0, 17-32 on side 1, it's OK; if some phantastic values appear, the drive/controller combination unfortunately can't read Waveterm A disks.
    All drives that I've tested so far can at least read Waveterm B disks.
  • After the SCAN, you can create a DUMP of the diskette (on the far right of the main screen). Anadisk then queries the image file name. Enter xxxxx.WTA for a Waveterm A disk or xxxxx.WTB for a Waveterm B disk here. In principle, the extension is freely selectable, but my programs like it better if the predefined extension is there :-)
    In any case, instruct it to DUMP tracks 0 to 76 afterwards; Waveterm disks always have 77 tracks. DON'T include additional sector information! We want a plain dump of the disk contents, we are no computer forensics lab personnel. Or are you? :-)
  • Anadisk then slowly but steadily works its way through the diskette... after 2-3 minutes, the image is ready and can be processed by the corresponding program.
    If an error occurs while reading the diskette, the image unfortunately can't be used, since Anadisk quietly skips the bad sector in such a case, thereby ruining the layout of the disk image.

TeleDisk

For archiving purposes, you can also use an old DOS program called TeleDisk. TeleDisk is a close relative of AnaDisk, made by the same company. Its main purpose isn't as forensics-oriented as AnaDisk's, but it allows to create disk images and to restore them back to diskettes. To help the "Tele" in TeleDisk, disk images are created in a compressed format, which unfortunately makes them unusable for my programs. Pascal Thiault, however, has created a program that can convert TeleDisk images into normal disk images (see below).

Here you can download a shareware version 2.12 of TeleDisk. There's a version 2.16 floating around in the vast spheres of the Internet, but that one isn't shareware, so I won't present it here... but you can find it quite easily with every better search machine (www.google.com, for example).

Pascal Thiault's Programs

Pascal Thiault has written two programs that can read and write Waveterm A and B disks, which is a big improvement over the Anadisk method. In the .Zip file you can find a README.TXT that details the usage. As an additional bonus, these programs work much faster than AnaDisk.

Pascal has created another program, that can convert disk images created by TeleDisk using normal compression into the DUMP-Format used by AnaDisk. The .Zip file an be downloaded here.

Sample Images

To be able to check what your PC can do, here are some sample images:

Waveterm B:
System Disk V1.0 Pascal TeleDisk
Demo Diskette Pascal TeleDisk
S84-04 Pascal TeleDisk
S84-06 Pascal TeleDisk

Have fun!

 

     

Last update: 10/23/02