Creative ES1371 or ES1373 sound card.

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Creative ES1371 or ES1373 sound card.

Postby Baoran » 2017-12-09 @ 23:12

I got my hands on this sound card recently.

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Sticker says ES1371 but there is ES1373 written to the chip itself, so either there was a mistake or they are the same chip. Anyone knows?

Would it be possible to make this card work in dos and where I could get drivers for it?
I remember hearing some of the ES chips had some kind of dos compatibility.
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Re: Creative ES1371 or ES1373 sound card.

Postby leileilol » 2017-12-10 @ 03:54

You've got yourself a common AudioPCI. It does have DOS drivers and they're all easily available. Enjoy the bad "FM"!
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Re: Creative ES1371 or ES1373 sound card.

Postby Baoran » 2017-12-10 @ 04:03

Hopefully it is better than just pc speaker. I do also have sound blaster live that I could try to see how well sound blaster emulation works. Any idea which one is better option? Or would it be better to buy one of those aureal vortex 2 cards for dos?
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Re: Creative ES1371 or ES1373 sound card.

Postby Kamerat » 2017-12-10 @ 04:21

The Sound Blaster Live! DOS emualtion are based around the Ensoniq AudioPCI (ES1370, ES1371 and ES1373) DOS emulation so it will sound similar and have the same game support. Sound Blaster PCI are actually just rebranded Ensoniq AudioPCI and share the same drivers.
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Re: Creative ES1371 or ES1373 sound card.

Postby Jo22 » 2017-12-10 @ 07:03

Baoran wrote:I got my hands on this sound card recently.

Hey, that card looks like an AudioPCI 3000, which I used months ago to make a SoundScape recording of Crusader: No Remorse! ^^
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Re: Creative ES1371 or ES1373 sound card.

Postby chinny22 » 2017-12-14 @ 15:24

Baoran wrote:Hopefully it is better than just pc speaker. I do also have sound blaster live that I could try to see how well sound blaster emulation works. Any idea which one is better option? Or would it be better to buy one of those aureal vortex 2 cards for dos?


This was a real messy time for creative, as they also call it a Sound Blaster 64 PCI, You can read more about it here, but basically they just wanted the dos emulation drivers and didn't know what to do with the soundcard itself. Make sure you get the 8MB ecm file.
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So the SoundBlaster Live is the better card as amongst other things supports EAX and soundfonts but only marginally IMHO, being from the same era I would say it is a model up.
Your much better off getting an Audigy 1 2 or ZS, they still use the same Dos legacy files but the windows side of things are much more improved and support later EAX versions.

Vortex 2 is completely different (like Intel to AMD or Nvida to ATI)
You will loose EAX, soundfonts, but gain A3D 2.0
Really which is better is down to personal preference, I like the stable (if bloated) drivers of Creative, EAX is more widely supported and Creative cards are much more common and affordable. I wold love a Vortex 2 to play round with though
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Re: Creative ES1371 or ES1373 sound card.

Postby Jo22 » 2017-12-15 @ 05:25

leileilol wrote:You've got yourself a common AudioPCI. It does have DOS drivers and they're all easily available. Enjoy the bad "FM"!

Right, though its FM implementation is technically interesting, it really is a torture to the ears. :dead:
This is about what someone can expect when playing FM via SoundScape/AudioPCI:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzoloT5eRtY

Anyway, the Audio PCI is quite nice for MIDI, at least. ^^
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Zz-OFYTQLE

chinny22 wrote:
Baoran wrote:Hopefully it is better than just pc speaker. I do also have sound blaster live that I could try to see how well sound blaster emulation works. Any idea which one is better option? Or would it be better to buy one of those aureal vortex 2 cards for dos?


This was a real messy time for creative, as they also call it a Sound Blaster 64 PCI, You can read more about it here, but basically they just wanted the dos emulation drivers and didn't know what to do with the soundcard itself. Make sure you get the 8MB ecm file.
viewtopic.php?t=26252

Thanks for sharing that link with us - I never got that thing to work in early Win95.. ;)
Good ol' Win 3.1 was bit more cooperative, however. After a little bit of trial and error, it worked fine.
Windows 98SE is perhaps fine, too. Unfortunately, my GA586 mainboard still refuses to run Win98.
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Re: Creative ES1371 or ES1373 sound card.

Postby Phreeze » 2017-12-15 @ 08:27

wow that ensoniq is the worst i've heard in my life....horriblllleee
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