Sound Blaster 16 (DOS)

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Sound Blaster 16
Sound Blaster 16 - DOS - USA.jpg
Platform: DOS
Year: 1992
Developer: Creative Labs, Inc.

The Sound Blaster 16 is a sound card for DOS-based computers released in June 1992. It utilized YMF262 (OPL3) sound chip capable of 20 distinct audio channels using FM Synthesis and a 16-bit DAC to play digital sound effects and speech. For additional details about the sound card, see Sound Blaster 16.

Creative Labs bundled several audio files with the card and various programs to play them like Play CMF. The included new music has been recorded here. Several of these programs are upgrades from the software bundled with the original Sound Blaster and Sound Blaster Pro. As improvements were made to the card, upgrades to the software were also made and released by Creative.


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Creative Introduces Sound Blaster 16.

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Sound Blaster 16 Features.

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MIDI capability.

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16 Bit Digitized Sounds.

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and experience Sound Blaster 16.


As of October 1992 the sound card drivers include the new "Sound Blaster 16 Features" Multimedia Player demo. The Cloud is used as the background music, however it originally appeared on the "Adlib Song Album #7: New Age Echoes" as THECLOUD.ROL and was converted by ROL to CMF utility.

While being used for presenting the Sound Blaster 16 capabilities, the player did not utilize OPL3 features, such as stereo sound, dual banking (up to 20 FM voices), and 4OP instruments.


The CMF file was recorded directly from the demo which ran in DOSBox.

# Title Composer Length Listen Download
01 The Cloud Henri Chalifour 1:48



Game Rip



CMF.png VOC.png WAV.png



THECLOUD.CMF and FOOTSTEP.VOC files are installed into the MMPLAY folder, additional VOC and WAV files are located in the QSOUND and VOCUTIL folders.

Audio Devices


Icon - Sound Blaster 16.png


Icon - Sound Blaster 16.png

The person who installs the Sound Blaster 16 is expected to adjust the port, IRQ, and DMA in their computer's settings in order to match the jumpers they set on the sound card.


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Sound Blaster 16 - DOS - USA.jpg
Title: Sound Blaster 16
Platform: DOS
Released: 1992-06-??
Publisher: Creative Labs, Inc.