Sound Blaster (DOS)

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Sound Blaster
Sound Blaster 1.0 - Box - Front.jpg
Platform: DOS
Year: 1989
Developer: Creative Labs, Inc.

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.

Screenshots

Sound Blaster - DOS - Read Me.png

The title screen of the Juke Box.

Sound Blaster - DOS - FM Organ.png

Version 1.0's Intelligent Organ used the old chips, but v1.5 and greater used FM Synthesis.

Sound Blaster - DOS - Play CMF.png

Their music player left much to be desired.

Sound Blaster - DOS - Talking Parrot.png

The talking parrot would repeat what you say into the microphone.

Sound Blaster - DOS - VOX Kit.png

An early version of the sound editor.

Sound Blaster - DOS - Dr. Sbaitso.png

Chatting with the poorly-designed AI, Dr. Sbaitso.

Music

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Sound Blaster - DOS - Album Art.jpg

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).

Recording

# Title ComposerArranger Length Listen Download
01 Auld Lang Syne TraditionalUnknown 1:48
Download
02 Home On the Range Daniel KelleyUnknown 1:12
Download
03 Little Brown Jug Joseph WinnerUnknown 1:11
Download
04 My Old Kentucky Home Stephen FosterUnknown 1:17
Download
05 PDemo Theme II (Star FM) John Williams, Sim Wong Hoo, J TanSim Wong Hoo, J Tan 1:30
Download
06 Yankee Doodle TraditionalUnknown 0:49
Download

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.

Game Rip

Format

Download

CMF.png VOC.png

Download

(Info)


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 CMF files were recorded with the software's Play CMF program emulated in DOSBox.

Audio Devices

Music

Icon - Sound Blaster.png

Sound

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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.

Releases

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Sound Blaster 1.0 - Box - Front.jpg
Title: Sound Blaster
Platform: DOS
Released: 1989-??-??
Publisher: Creative Labs, Inc.

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