Sound Master II
|Sound Master II|
The Sound Master II was the third and final internal sound card by Covox. The 8-bit ISA card uses a YM3812 (OPL2) for FM synthesis and an 8-bit mono DAC for sound and speech. The YM3812 gives it 9 melody channels or, when in rhythm mode, 6 melody channels and 5 percussion channels. It sold bundled with a headphone-microphone headset.
The sound card features two stereo output jacks, one for speakers and one for headphones. It also has a stereo line-in for input and the microphone. Finally, there is a DA-15 port for MIDI or a joystick input.
The bundled software included a TSR program that would make the Sound Master II 100% compatible with a Sound Blaster. The YM3812 was already compatible, but the software would adjust the sound data to match the different DAC.
Despite these advancements to the previous model, only a handful of games directly supported it, and Covox was unable to continue.
No software properly emulates the Sound Master II, but the board's audio chip, the YM3812, has been successfully emulated numerous times.