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List of rarest PC soundcards

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Reply 181 of 229, by Horun

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derSammler wrote on 2017-04-14, 15:15:

Do rare variants of common cards count as "rare", too? I own a CT1780 for example, which is a very rare variant of the original SB16.

I say so too ! Any SB16 with odd cdrom interface is getting quite rare ! Have a Ct1770 with Adaptec SCSI that seems quite rare but yours with LMSI interface is more rare imho. Think the CT1680 SB Pro w/LMSI is not as rare but also not that common..

Hate posting a reply and then have to edit it because it made no sense 😁 First computer was an IBM 3270 workstation with CGA monitor.

Reply 183 of 229, by Marco

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I really like the list! Some could be revised to be rare I think but what about the rare external sound devices you especially could find in old games like:

- Roland Cm 500 (GS&MT32)
- Yamaha FB01
- Casio MT540

Yes indeed you can find them in SCI1 games as supported midi devices. All here external devices so maybe not really soundcards...
Yes CM500 were never explicitly supported.

Reply 184 of 229, by cyclone3d

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Marco wrote on 2020-07-26, 18:28:
I really like the list! Some could be revised to be rare I think but what about the rare external sound devices you especially […]
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I really like the list! Some could be revised to be rare I think but what about the rare external sound devices you especially could find in old games like:

- Roland Cm 500 (GS&MT32)
- Yamaha FB01
- Casio MT540

Yes indeed you can find them in SCI1 games as supported midi devices. All here external devices so maybe not really soundcards...
Yes CM500 were never explicitly supported.

Roland CM 500... maybe considered rare... though they do show up on eBay often enough. Just high priced is all.
Yamaha FB01 - There are no less than 10 of these showing up on the USA eBay right now. A few of those are international. Not rare at all.
Casio MT-540 - This is a MIDI keyboard. Guess it could be counted as an external module.

Yamaha YMF modified setupds and drivers
Yamaha XG resource repository - updated November 27, 2018
Yamaha YMF7x4 Guide
AW744L II - YMF744 - AOpen Cobra Sound Card - Install SB-Link Header

Reply 187 of 229, by rmay635703

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Do the multitudes of obscure early 80’s Speech Synth cards that fit an ISA slot Count as a sound card?

They makes sounds.

IBM VCA/Speechsynth and the original TI Speach cards come to mind

Reply 189 of 229, by hard1k

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It is indeed. I have one 😀

Fortex, the A3D & XG/OPL3 accelerator (Vortex 2 + YMF744 combo sound card)
AWE64 Legacy
Please have a look at my wishlist (hosted on Amibay)

Reply 190 of 229, by gdjacobs

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hard1k wrote on 2020-08-09, 22:27:

It is indeed. I have one 😀

You or Artex could just list your collection. /thread

All hail the Great Capacitor Brand Finder

Reply 192 of 229, by darry

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Technically, the Orpheus should qualify as an extremely rare card . It is still in production (I wish it great success), but by virtue of the fact that it is not mass produced, once production ends, it will certainly become quite sought after on the secondary market and command exorbitant prices as I don't believe many people will ever want to part with theirs and long-term demand is likely to exceed offer .

I might get buried with mine...
(Just kidding, I hope it will find a good home after my passing, along the rest of my collection).

Reply 199 of 229, by etomcat

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Hello, what about a Micro Technology Unlimited Microsound AT-DSP56, a pro recording studio / commercial audio CD-mastering quality DAW soundcard with SPDIF breakout box? The Microeditor software mostly ran on the Motorola 56K DSP on board, not on the x86 CPU. However owing to extreme precise timing needed on the system planar bus, only true Made by Intel motherboards could be used with it but then the recording environment was rock solid, a rarity back in the early-mid 1990s.

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