Ok i decided to buy the ESS 1868F based card with the Dream wavetable (Maxi Sound 64 Dynamic 3D ISA) :happyhappy: It only cost […]
Ok i decided to buy the ESS 1868F based card with the Dream wavetable (Maxi Sound 64 Dynamic 3D ISA) 😁 It only cost me £2.99 on ebay which i think is a nice little bargain 😁
I wanted a card with good midi, SB Pro compatibilty and OPL3 support... as far as i know this card has it all! (i'm sure ESS cards support OPL3 or use some clone OPL3?)
Now i don't want anyone to say i should have got the Yamaha card instead!
No, not going to write that. I'm not familiar with whatever OPL3 might be, however (edit here: at least I wasn't until now). Just yesterday, sweating like crazy in the room I use as a "shop", although I was only in there a few minutes at a time (it was 102 F outside, again, and it's still not a powerful enough window AC unit in there), I picked up one of the AWE64 cards I'd tried in an Asus ALi chipset system -- P5A, and had to set back down.
In the P5A, all three AWE cards had static and fuzz noise; but in the Intel SE44BX, as soon as I disabled the Crystal Sound Fusion onboard audio (it wouldn't give up some particular interrupt to let the AWE work), I had good sound. No idea yet why the difference in systems (I have ended up using Turtle Beach Santa Cruz cards in that P5A and another similar system with a P5A that currently isn't complete.) I had kept my AWE32 and AWA64 cards from when I used them in the systems I had back then, and recently added a second AwE64 when my own AWE cards were seemingly so noisy now.
If that OPL3 thing is mostly involved with playing DOS games, I'm sticking with Windows32 games right now, but my curiosity bump was tickled. (In edit -- I'll Google it, I suppose. Probably should've done that before now. OK, it's a Yamaha chip alias, then. The AN430TX board I have that still isn't working has a Yamaha sound system onboard.)