Increased integration means the board can be simpler and trace routing to components is reduced, decreasing the amount of noise-inducing signal travel. Doom 2 has AWE as a choice so it works good there. You need to populate both sockets. It is an exception to the almost universal rule that a CT chip on-board means that the board is not a PNP board. There is no material that is knowingly illegal here.

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However, they are truly a great option if you can find a rare one with a YMF chip.

Sound Blaster AWE64

Unfortunately, during this card’s time, the issue of compatibility with awe4 legacy DOS applications accessing PCI audio cards had not been ideally addressed.

Be careful if you decide to get a CT Are you sure CT is called SB32?

xt4500 Some CT are actually a crippled SB These memory boards were priced rather high. Looks like the AWE64 Value was a bust. I have some original Live cards, and they are a decent pci adaptation. The AWE32 came in many varieties, starting with the CT, but there are several basic cards which a vintage computer enthusiast should consider.


I think I’ll get an AWE It is sometimes known as the Goldfinch board. I’ll eventually add a Dreamblaster to my Vortex2 card and see how that sound. I’m going back to my roots Only the former are addressed here. I think my original was a Ct45000 Functionality of the hardware was nearly identical. In the early days, proprietary, incompatible standards came from Panasonic, Sony and Mitsumi.

Creative AWE64 ISA (CT4500) Sound Card

Just glad to hear I’m not the only one pining for the old days when buying a new sound card was so exciting I don’t understand why I got into this!

Maybe this was a revision? This bug will not be present in any card using the CT chip.

Closest comparison I think would be to an SC, but it doesn’t sound exactly the same, just pretty close. You need to populate both sockets. This not only demands more processing power from the host system, but also is not of zwe64 quality to available SoundFonts.

This ViBRA chip lacks controls for treble, bass and gain in the hardware mixer.

Creative AWE64 ISA (CT) Sound Card | eBay

The inability to adjust synthesis parameters, unlike with the hardware portion of the AWE64, also limited the WaveGuide function’s usefulness. Game compatibility with AWE32 supporting games may be uncertain as a result. There is no material that is knowingly illegal here. The benefit is that you can then also load other soundfonts under Windows, which will then make your music playback sound much better as opposed to being stuck with the standard 1 MB ROM sample set under DOS.


Sound Blaster AWE64 – Wikipedia

It offers a similar feature set, but also has a few notable improvements. Its not exactly easy cheap to return these. It appears that Creative had integrated these functions into the large QFP chip on the CT, whether any functionality was lost is unknown. See earlier comment by Anonymous October 4, at There are other games which may occasionally produce hanging notes regardless of the midi interface being used.

To upgrade the RAM, you had to purchase expensive, proprietary Creative daughterboards.

I miss the old days.