AdLib Gold 1000

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AdLib Gold 1000
AdLib Gold 1000.jpg
Developer: Ad Lib, Inc.
Released: 1992-??-??
Type: Sound Card
Slot: ISA or MCA
Icon - AdLib Gold 1000.png
Platforms: Platform - DOS.pngPlatform - W16.png

The AdLib Gold 1000 is a sound card released by Ad Lib in 1992. The card uses the Yamaha YMF262 (OPL3) for FM synthesis and the YMZ263B (MMA) as 12-bit stereo DAC, and was mostly compatible with the earlier AdLib sound card, though it was not compatible with the DAC in the Sound Blaster. The card also featured a D-15 game port, a headphone jack, and stereo input.

The sound card failed to gain traction, and on May 1st, 1992, Ad Lib filed for bankruptcy. Several factors contributed to the failure of the AdLib Gold. Ad Lib took too long to get their new card out and allowed their market lead to fall to Creative Labs' superior Sound Blaster. Ad Lib didn't have the technological know-how to make a new card, so they relied on Yamaha to design the card for them. However, since Creative Labs had become a huge client to Yamaha, the company was in no hurry to finish the design for Ad Lib. By the time the AdLib Gold hit shelves, the Sound Blaster Pro had already become the industry standard, and the Sound Blaster 16 was only months away.

Two versions of the AdLib Gold 1000 were released, the more popular card uses an ISA bus, but a less common release was the MCA bus called the AdLib Gold 2000MC.

There are multiple daughterboards for the AdLib Gold 1000 : the most well-known is the Surround Module, but there was also a SCSI interface (by Ad Lib inc.) as well as a CD-ROM interface (by Ad Lib Multimedia). In addition to these modules, a phone answering machine add-on was planned but never produced.


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Document Download Notes
Install Disks v1.01 Download - (info)

Emulation Status

Despite numerous projects having successfully emulated the card's YMF262 chip, no software properly emulates the AdLib Gold 1000.