Soundscape, also known as the S-2000, is the first PC sound card created by Ensoniq, and the start of the Soundscape family of sound cards. It uses Ensoniq's 16-bit OTTO chip which uses sample-based synthesis, mounted on a full-length ISA card. The Soundscape also acts as a MIDI device and could interface with a CD-ROM for CD playback. The board had enough memory to load its own operating system which booted when the card initialized. The OS included software to make it compatible with other sound cards without needing to run a TSR in DOS, which was common among other manufacturers.
The card was advertised as being compatible with the AdLib, Sound Blaster 2, and the Windows Sound System cards, however, since the card doesn't actually have an FM Synthesis chip, it tries to emulates the wave forms. This results in a sound that is similar when the emulated device is trying to sound like an actual instrument, but well-off when the device is using a custom sound effect. Ensoniq also claimed compatibility with the MT-32, but this was especially bad.
The card's power could be effectively doubled by attaching the Soundscape DB daughter board.
- en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ensoniq_Soundscape_S-2000 - Wikipedia.