MUS-1099 GameBlaster Sound Card

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Re: MUS-1099 GameBlaster Sound Card

Postby Cyrix200+ » 2019-3-10 @ 23:39

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Done. Well, not tested yet. Need to check everything when I'm a bit less tired and then test it :)

It was a lot of fun!
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Re: MUS-1099 GameBlaster Sound Card

Postby root42 » 2019-3-11 @ 10:18

Looks fabulous! :)
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Re: MUS-1099 GameBlaster Sound Card

Postby Cyrix200+ » 2019-3-11 @ 10:45

root42 wrote:Looks fabulous! :)


Your video was very useful, especially for the orientation of the tantalum cap and the bending of the pot legs. Bracket is also a perfect fit, thanks!
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Re: MUS-1099 GameBlaster Sound Card

Postby Cyrix200+ » 2019-3-11 @ 19:34

It works! Monkey Island and Prince of Persia produce music!

I could only test with modern headphones, and the card is a bit noisy on that. Picks up a lot of sound from the computer itself.

Prince of Persia sounds a bit ... off? I tried it on a 486 sx 25MHz (with turbo on and off makes no difference). Will have to try another Game Blaster compatible card to verify it's just the way it is, or something is wrong. Would not expect MI to work and PoP not though... Might be speed related!
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Re: MUS-1099 GameBlaster Sound Card

Postby root42 » 2019-3-11 @ 19:36

These cards are usually very noisy with headphones. The Adlib is similar.

Sierra games have a lot of CMS support as well. Good for testing. You can also try the CMS music player.
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Re: MUS-1099 GameBlaster Sound Card

Postby Scali » 2019-3-11 @ 19:45

Cyrix200+ wrote:Prince of Persia sounds a bit ... off? I tried it on a 486 sx 25MHz (with turbo on and off makes no difference). Will have to try another Game Blaster compatible card to verify it's just the way it is, or something is wrong. Would not expect MI to work and PoP not though... Might be speed related!


I've heard other people report that PoP has speed issues with CMS/GameBlaster (even real cards). The game's code appears to be buggy.
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Re: MUS-1099 GameBlaster Sound Card

Postby Cyrix200+ » 2019-3-11 @ 20:06

Well, this is it. Go home MUS... You're drunk :P



Also Monkey Island to prove it works
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Re: MUS-1099 GameBlaster Sound Card

Postby keropi » 2019-3-11 @ 20:14

yeah the card is really noisy, it's a design flaw IMHO
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Re: MUS-1099 GameBlaster Sound Card

Postby Cyrix200+ » 2019-3-11 @ 20:20

keropi wrote:yeah the card is really noisy, it's a design flaw IMHO


With (period-correct) speakers it's okay. Still some HDD seek noise and a weird fart when shutting down the system, but I remember those from my youth :)
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Re: MUS-1099 GameBlaster Sound Card

Postby Scali » 2019-3-11 @ 20:25

keropi wrote:yeah the card is really noisy, it's a design flaw IMHO


Sounds exactly like my SB Pro 2, so it's probably a good clone of the original Creative design :)
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Re: MUS-1099 GameBlaster Sound Card

Postby keropi » 2019-3-11 @ 22:13

I had a real gameblaster I don't remember any of these parasites on mine ... could be my ICs as well - no idea.
I removed an amp from a cheap isa soundcard and used it on the MUS-1099 (in order to replace the first one that was behaving weird) but this also did not help. For example running my fingers on the amp pins produces more parasites. Could be another semi-dead amp but I did not investigate further , for now I am done with it.

I know this is a free open source design, maybe that is the length the creator wanted to bother with it - totally understandable - don't mean to sound ungrateful.
Maybe another more modern amp or some more filtering would go a long way. Anyways it is what it is, better than nothing :)
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Re: MUS-1099 GameBlaster Sound Card

Postby Cyrix200+ » 2019-3-14 @ 11:10

Cyrix200+ wrote:It works! Monkey Island and Prince of Persia produce music!

I could only test with modern headphones, and the card is a bit noisy on that. Picks up a lot of sound from the computer itself.

Prince of Persia sounds a bit ... off? I tried it on a 486 sx 25MHz (with turbo on and off makes no difference). Will have to try another Game Blaster compatible card to verify it's just the way it is, or something is wrong. Would not expect MI to work and PoP not though... Might be speed related!


About Prince of Persia sounding weird, this is mentioned here as well: viewtopic.php?p=737028#p737028.
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Re: MUS-1099 GameBlaster Sound Card

Postby root42 » 2019-4-10 @ 20:42

I have now ONE spare MUS1099. If anyone is interested PM me for details.
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