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Sound Blaster Instrument
Developer: Creative Labs
Header: Custom
Content: Instrument
Instruments: Intrinsic
Target Output
Output - Digital Audio - No.png Output - MIDI - No.png Output - FM Synthesis.png Output - PSG - No.png
Released: 1990-??-??
First Game: ?
  • *.sbi

The Sound Blaster Instrument (SBI) format was created by Creative Labs to store a single instrument definition. The file doesn't store music, but rather an instrument definition that can be imported into a CMF song or an IBK instrument bank. The format can store both melodic and percussion instruments, but doesn't distinguish between the two, so it's up to the player to know which mode to use.







SBI to ?

? to SBI



Since SBI files do not store music, there are no samples.

Released Title
1991-01-?? Unreal (DOS)
1993-12-?? Isle of the Dead (DOS)
2008-??-?? Monotone (DOS)

How to Obtain

SBI files usually need to be extracted from game resource files, a process that is different for nearly every game that uses the format.


SBI files begin with "SBI 0x1A" and are exactly 50 bytes in length.