I've started a chat with them & it's looking clearer to me now.
They said 'there are preset sounds, but they're controlled with MIDI CC commands so you can customize them'. So I asked if these commands would be controlled from a DAW like ableton for example, using parameters like vibrato to edit in the sequencer, as you would with a modern General Midi based sound module.
They said 'that should be fine' but I want to check some more details like, when they say it can play 3 channels, would that appear in my DAW as 3 seperate channels (perhaps Bass, synth & Drums)? I know the YM chip can only play 3 voices at once, so 3 channels makes sense. & then I'd imagine if you wanted a change of voice you would need to develop or type in some code (from someone experienced in synth CC code) for change of the desired voice.
That video you shared is interesting. That's pretty much exactly what I want to achieve. I'd be interested to see how it works & if theres something I'm misunderstanding in the process of that setup, but without myself going into detail to understand it better, it seems pretty logical.
In the long run though, if I'm spending a long time coding & less time playing with features in a more user-friendly program like maxymiser for example, I might figure out that I'd be better off syncing my Atari through USB to MIDI from my DAW, than learning how to code synth sounds for devices like this. I'm sure theres 1000 ways to get around it though!
Looking forward to the next release btw
If you'd be kind enough to prompt me when its ready I'll be straight on it!
Would love to hear enduro racer beefed up with some phat drums! Great tune choice too, & if I could get some samples running on that I'd be laughing.
But, if you created that dream of a YM machine you spoke of, a 16 channel YM Synth? Wow, that would change the game for everyone!