Why is the Ensoniq 1370 recommended? it's trash!

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Why is the Ensoniq 1370 recommended? it's trash!

Postby kikendo » 2019-6-10 @ 14:38

I recently found an ES1370 and I was excited as I saw it recommended as a good option for PCI audio compatible with DOS, and it's absolute trash!
I mean, the sample reproduction is ok, but have you heard the MIDI implementation? No matter what wavetable set I use, all music sounds out of tune.

Why is it recommended? An SB Live! with its SB16 emulator sounds a million times better than this and works with most DOS stuff.
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Re: Why is the Ensoniq 1370 recommended? it's trash!

Postby Jo22 » 2019-6-10 @ 17:30

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Re: Why is the Ensoniq 1370 recommended? it's trash!

Postby kikendo » 2019-6-10 @ 20:00

Jo22 wrote:https://www.vogons.org/viewtopic.php?p=618846#p618846
viewtopic.php?p=536530#p536530
viewtopic.php?p=634906#p634906

Don't quite understand your post. The first two links seem completely unrelated, the third one just confirms what I said: the FM emulation is absolute trash. So WHY do people recommend it as a good card for DOS stuff where you need that to be on point?

Even my old crap Crystal card sounds better.

Not all games you can use a GM-like driver. Yeah when you use that it sounds decent. But what do you do with the rest? Again the SB LIve! with SB-16 emulation will also emulate an MT-32 and in general sound ten times better.
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Re: Why is the Ensoniq 1370 recommended? it's trash!

Postby Jo22 » 2019-6-10 @ 21:06

kikendo wrote:Why is it recommended? An SB Live! with its SB16 emulator sounds a million times better than this and works with most DOS stuff.

"DOS compatibility was better than Creatives own PCI cards, and that's why Creative bought Ensoniq and resold these AudioPCI cards under various model numbers."

viewtopic.php?f=62&t=26252
viewtopic.php?p=200526#p200526

kikendo wrote:So WHY do people recommend it as a good card for DOS stuff where you need that to be on point?

https://www.mobygames.com/attribute/sheet/attributeId,77/ ?

features.jpg

Features -> http://ftp.kolibrios.org/users/Asper/so ... ES1370.PDF
https://www.vogonswiki.com/index.php/Ensoniq

kikendo wrote:Not all games you can use a GM-like driver. Yeah when you use that it sounds decent. But what do you do with the rest?
Again the SB LIve! with SB-16 emulation will also emulate an MT-32 and in general sound ten times better.


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