DSP envelopes
The envelope value of each SDSP voice is driven by either an ADSR envelope, or a gain control. This gives an additional way to automatically shape the volume of the voice over time, aside from its VOL registers.
Internally the envelope is an 11bit value multiplied by by the voice output. The ENVX value that can be read from the DSP contains only the high 7 bits.
See:
ADSR Envelope
The ADSR describes a 4 stage envelope:
 Attack begins at keyon, rising from 0 to full over a chosen amount of time.
 Decay lowers from full to a chosen Sustain Level.
 Sustain exponential decay from Sustain Level to 0 (if the Sustain Rate is nonzero).
 Release begins at keyoff, lowering to 0 with an fixed decay.
See: SSMP ADSR
Name  Address  Bits  Notes 

ADSR (1)  $X5  EDDD AAAA  ADSR enable (E), decay rate (D), attack rate (A). 
ADSR (2)  $X6  LLLR RRRR  Sustain level (SL), sustain rate (SR). 
At a rate according to the period table the following action is performed, and the envelope is clamped to 02047 ($7FF):
 Attack at period[A*2+1]: adds 32, or if A=$F adds 1024 ($400).
 Decay at period[D*2+16]: envelope = 1, then envelope = envelope >> 8.
 Sustain at period[SR]: envelope = 1, then envelope = envelope >> 8.
 Release: envelope = 8 every sample.
This table of timings gives the resulting time taken by the above operations:
 Attack is the time from 0 to full.
 Decay is the time from full to sustain level.
 Sustain is the time from full to 0.



Gain Timings
See: SSMP GAIN
Name  Address  Bits  Notes 

GAIN  $X7  0VVV VVVV 1MMV VVVV 
Mode (M), value (V). 
At a rate according to the period table the following action is performed, and the envelope is clamped to 02047 ($7FF):
 Linear gain adds or subtracts 32.
 Bent gain adds 32 if below 1536 ($600), or 8 if above.
 Exponential is two steps: envelope = 1, then: envelope = envelope >> 8.
This table gives times taken between 0 volume and full volume (or the reverse):
GAIN  

Decrease Linear  Decrease Exponential  Increase Linear  Increase Bent  
V  Time (ms)  V  Time (ms)  V  Time (ms)  V  Time (ms) 
$80  Infinite  $A0  Infinite  $C0  Infinite  $E0  Infinite 
$81  4100  $A1  38000  $C1  4100  $E1  7200 
$82  3100  $A2  28000  $C2  3100  $E2  5400 
$83  2600  $A3  24000  $C3  2600  $E3  4600 
$84  2000  $A4  19000  $C4  2000  $E4  3500 
$85  1500  $A5  14000  $C5  1500  $E5  2600 
$86  1300  $A6  12000  $C6  1300  $E6  2300 
$87  1000  $A7  9400  $C7  1000  $E7  1800 
$88  770  $A8  7100  $C8  770  $E8  1300 
$89  640  $A9  5900  $C9  640  $E9  1100 
$8A  510  $AA  4700  $CA  510  $EA  900 
$8B  380  $AB  3500  $CB  380  $EB  670 
$8C  320  $AC  2900  $CC  320  $EC  560 
$8D  260  $AD  2400  $CD  260  $ED  450 
$8E  190  $AE  1800  $CE  190  $EE  340 
$8F  160  $AF  1500  $CF  160  $EF  280 
$90  130  $B0  1200  $D0  130  $F0  220 
$91  96  $B1  880  $D1  96  $F1  170 
$92  80  $B2  740  $D2  80  $F2  140 
$93  64  $B3  590  $D3  64  $F3  110 
$94  48  $B4  440  $D4  48  $F4  84 
$95  40  $B5  370  $D5  40  $F5  70 
$96  32  $B6  290  $D6  32  $F6  56 
$97  24  $B7  220  $D7  24  $F7  42 
$98  20  $B8  180  $D8  20  $F8  35 
$99  16  $B9  150  $D9  16  $F9  28 
$9A  12  $BA  110  $DA  12  $FA  21 
$9B  10  $BB  92  $DB  10  $FB  18 
$9C  8  $BC  74  $DC  8  $FC  14 
$9D  6  $DD  55  $BD  6  $FD  11 
$9E  4  $BE  37  $DE  4  $FE  7 
$9F  2  $BF  18  $DF  2  $FF  3.5 
Period Table
The rate of DSP envelope events are controlled by a common table of 32 periods. Each entry is how many SSMP clocks elapse per envelope operation. The table is arranged in groups of 3.
Additionally, each column of periods appears to have a delay offset applied to it, affecting when the operation occurs. If counter is counting down the number of SSMP clocks elapsed since reset, the envelope operation is applied when the following is true:
 0 == (counter + offset[rate]) % period[rate]
The counter begins at 0 after reset, and decrements on each SSMP clock, wrapping to $77FF (30,720) when it would go below 0^{[1]}. (The first clock after reset will wrap.)


Note that most of the offsets given above are effectively much smaller, given that they are modulo (%) with their associated period, but the moduloequivalent larger values shown here demonstrate the symmetry between columns.
References
 ↑ apudsp_jwdonal.txt  Anomie's SDSP document.