Bank Street Music Writer Card
|Bank Street Music Writer card|
The Bank Street Music Writer Card is a sound card developed for IBM PCs, and bundled with Bank Street Music Writer (DOS) for $150. Advertisers referred to it as a PC Mockingboard, although it didn't appear to be related to the device from Sweet Micro Systems. It is one of the rarest sound cards from this era with only one known working device in existence. Some info about this card from the owner, Jim Leonard:
Since the card failed to enter the market, there don't appear to be any games with support for it, and the only software to support it is the software it was bundled with Bank Street Music Writer (DOS). A later tracker written decades, Monotone (DOS), later was about to include the support it, but as of now it doesn't have such an option.
Although no software emulates the Bank Street Music Writer, the sound chip it uses, the AY-3-8913, has been fully emulated in numerous open source software programs. You can also have limited success in DOSBox by configuring it to use Tandy 3 Voice audio.
- oldskool.org/pc/MONOTONE - Music card tracker with some info in ReadMe included with it.
- trixter.oldskool.org/2011/09/09/the-pc-mockingboard - Some info about it.