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Yamaha YM2413

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The YM2413, a.k.a. OPLL, is a cost-reduced FM synthesis sound chip manufactured by Yamaha Corporation and based on their YM3812 (OPL2).

Yamaha YM2413

To make the chip cheaper to manufacture, many of the internal registers were removed. The result of this is that the YM2413 can only play one user-defined instrument at a time; the other 15 instrument settings are hard-coded and cannot be altered by the user. There were also some other cost-cutting modifications: the number of waveforms was reduced to two, additive mode was removed along with the 6-bit carrier volume control (channels instead have 15 levels of volume), and the channels are not mixed using an adder; instead, the chip's built-in DAC uses time-division multiplexing to play short segments of each channel in sequence, which was also done in the YM2612 much later.


The YM2413 was used in:

  • the FM Sound Unit add-on for the Sega Mark III sold exclusively in Japan, that improved the sound quality of all compatible games. The Japanese model of the Sega Master System came with this add-on built-in;
  • an arcade board design produced by SNK and Alpha Denshi in the late 1980s for a number of their games, including Time Soldiers, Sky Soldiers, and Gang Wars;
  • the Atari Games Rampart arcade game;
  • the Yamaha PSS-170 and PSS-270 keyboards in 1986;
  • the Yamaha SHS-10 shoulder keyboard in 1987, and the Yamaha PSS-140 and Yamaha SHS-200 in 1988;
  • the Yamaha PSR-6 keyboard in 1988;
  • several sound enhancement cartridges for MSX computers. It is also built into select MSX2 and MSX2+ systems, and all MSX Turbo R machines, as part of the MSX-Music standard; and[1]
  • JTES Japanese teletext receivers.[2]

Variants and clones[edit]

  • Yamaha YM2420 (OPLL2) is a variant with slightly changed registers (intentionally undocumented to avoid hardware piracy), used in Yamaha's own home keyboards. It has the same pinout and built-in FM patches as the YM2413, but several registers have parts of the bit order reversed.
  • Yamaha DS1001 (Konami VRC7 MMC) contains a YM2413 derivative, used on the Family Computer game Lagrange Point, as well as on a few redemption arcade machines. It has 6 FM channels instead of 9, lacks the rhythm channels, and has a different set of built in FM patches from the YM2413. The VRC7 also has an undocumented debug mode that exposes YM2413-compatible control signals while also re-adding 3 extra FM channels (which were also used for the rhythm channels).
  • Yamaha YM2413B and YMF281B are low power variants of YM2413 and YMF281 respectively. These variants also reduced the crossover distortion of the built-in DAC. A lower power consumption indicates that these variants may be made using a CMOS process.
  • Yamaha YM2423 (OPLL-X) is another YM2413 derivative. It has the same pinout and register set as the YM2413, but a different set of built in FM patches.
  • Yamaha YMF281 (OPLLP) is a later YM2413 derivative, possibly intended for pachinko or pachislot machines. It has the same pinout and register set as the YM2413, but a different set of built in FM patches.
  • Yamaha FHB013 is a later YM2413 derivative. It uses a 2-metal CMOS process instead of NMOS. It has the same pinout and register set as the YM2413, but a different set of built in FM patches. It may be the same chip as the YMF281B above, as it supposedly has the same patches. It could also be directly derived from the YM2413B.
  • UMC U3567 is a 100% software compatible chip with a slightly different pinout, requiring a pin-to-pin adapter in order to be used on a YM2413 socket.
  • UMC UM3567 is a 100% software compatible chip, with the same pinout as the U3567 but has a slightly enhanced DAC output. It requires the same pin-to-pin adapter, but the different DAC output will also require the two pull-down resistors of the audio output pins to be removed from the mainboard.
  • The K-663A (sometimes known as the K-663 or K-633A) is a 100% software compatible chip, possibly based on the UMC UM3567. It is used on the Korean Family Noraebang famiclone, as well as on a few arcade machines.[3] It has the same pinout as the U3567, and has an enhanced DAC output. As with the U3567 and UM3567 chips, a pin-to-pin adapter is required to use the YM2413 sockets.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ MSX-MUSIC
  2. ^ "Japanese teletext receivers".[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Family Noraebang (패밀리 노래방) - NESdev BBS".

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