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Sound Technical

Originally I was only going to implement support for the PC speaker and Tandy Sound -- both of which are remarkably simple to program (once you understand the PIT)... but having a soundblaster 1.0 in one of my testbed machines I decided to try and implement the original "Creative Music System" or C/MS, which is also known as a Game Blaster. (the predecessor to the Sound Blaster). All game effects are programmed to work on a three voice system, so the extra channels in the C/MS went unused.

There is no reliable way to auto-detect the presence of a C/MS card that I'm aware of (if anyone cares to correct me on that I'd love to hear it!) so to use it you must start the program from the command line with /cms.

I figured while I was adding Game Blaster support, I would also program it to work with the Adlib card so owners of later model Sound Blasters aren't left out in the cold. The Adlib FM music is actually NOT as versatile at making sound effects IMHO as while it has several hundred more programming options, the card is painfully slow to program due to the delays used in it's port handling, and that pretty much everything is based on sine-waves making it very hard to get a "strong" sound out of it. EVERYTHING from the adlib sounds muddy or metallic.

As such, to my ears at least the C/MS and Tandy remain the best choice for audio when/if they are available.

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