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Noob: Where to start for simple sound playback?

Question asked by Lee Mulvogue on Oct 28, 2008
Latest reply on Oct 29, 2008 by Lee Mulvogue
G'day all, I'm trying to find out what the best/simplest solution is to get some basic controllable sound playback happening (eg 1second 8bit 22kHz loop); any suggestions on where to start looking, or which chip / chips to investigate?  I've tried trawling the net, but have had very little success finding info on sound playback with micros.
Are DSP chips the way to go?  Or a "standard" micro?  I have a few S12's lying around, and just got given some MC56F8014's, but I have no clue where to start.
If anyone knows of example C programs, that would be extremely handy;  If I can find a start somewhere I think I can plod along, but the trouble is finding where to start!

Or just use the micro to control a dedicated playback chip?  But again, can't find info on simple playback chips (need total cost of chip / chips to be under about $10)