Sound Blaster (DOS)
The Sound Blaster is a sound card for DOS-based computers which utilized a YM3812 (OPL2) sound chip capable of 9 distinct audio channels using FM Synthesis, a DAC to play digital sound effects and speech, and two older SAA1099 chips for backward compatibility with the Creative Music System. It was released in 1989 with a software bundle that included a handful of songs and sound effects. For additional details about the sound card, see Sound Blaster. Later versions required you to purchase the SAA1099 chips separately.
Creative Labs bundled various programs with the sound card to play the music and sound effects it included which have been recorded here. As improvements were made to the card, upgrades to the software were also made.
The first couple revisions of the Sound Blaster included six sample songs, five were arranged public domain tunes, and one was a slightly modified version of the Star Wars (Main Theme).
|01||Auld Lang Syne||Traditional||Unknown||1:48||Download|
|02||Home On the Range||Daniel Kelley||Unknown||1:12||Download|
|03||Little Brown Jug||Joseph Winner||Unknown||1:11||Download|
|04||My Old Kentucky Home||Stephen Foster||Unknown||1:17||Download|
|05||PDemo Theme II (Star FM)||John Williams, Sim Wong Hoo, J Tan||Sim Wong Hoo, J Tan||1:30||Download|
- Ripper: TheAlmightyGuru
- Recorder: TheAlmightyGuru
- Game Credits:
(Source: Meta data, recognizable songs)
The names of Sim Wong Hoo and J Tan are found only in the composer meta tag in the STARFM.CMF file, indicating that they arranged and modified the song. The other songs do not have names in their meta data.
The CMF files are installed into the PlayCMF folder, the VOC files are located in the VOXKit or VEdit folders, depending on the version, and the Intelligent Organ files (*.org) are located in the Organ folder (format and name change depending on the version).
The person who installs the Sound Blaster is expected to adjust the port and IRQ in their computer's settings in order to match the jumpers they set on the sound card.
- en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sound_Blaster - Wikipedia.