First post, by Joseph_Joestar
Here's a side-by-side comparison between genuine OPL3, ESFM, CQM and SBLive emulated FM synth. Sound cards used: Yamaha YMF724F-V (OPL3), ESS AudioDrive ES1868F (ESFM), Sound Blaster AWE64 Value CT4520 (CQM) and Sound Blaster Live 5.1 SB0100 (emulated FM synth).
SBLive FM synth emulation
Tracks were recorded while in-game, not from setup menus or external music players and such. Digital sound effects were disabled to not interfere with music recording. For the AWE64, Chorus and Reverb were set to 0 and 3DSE was turned off. Line out was used on all four sound cards. Game versions used: Doom 1.9, Duke3D 1.3D, Tyrian 1.1, Transport Tycoon for DOS.