Pressure from intense competition, especially with the dominant Creative Labs , was forcing audio card makers to try to keep their prices low. Web Site” by Ensoniq Corp. The board consists only of a very small software-driven audio chip one of the following: Last edited by Mau1wurf on I found this out a year ago or so. There is no material that is knowingly illegal here. Then I got a Live!

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It was Ensoniq’s last sound card product before they were acquired by Creative Technology. So with these games just select Soundscape.

But there should also be DOS games that work with the Voodoo 2 right? One important feature of this chip was that it used the PCI bus, instead of the ISA bus commonly used by sound cards at that point. Whereas the Soundscape line had been made up primarily of low-volume high-end products full of features, the AudioPCI was designed to be a very simple, low-cost product to appeal to system OEMs and thus hopefully sell in mass quantities.

Playing movies that are all 48 KHz gets you out of pitch audio. The CT chip is a relabeled ES, may be found on some cheap cards i. Space Quest 5 doesn’t start with Sound Blaster enabled. Done it’s as easy as that! In addition, the DOS driver required a memory manager such as EMM to be loaded, which not only required additional conventional memory space but also put the CPU into Virtual mode, conflicting with games that utilized a modified form of protected modecalled ‘flat mode’.


They may have a demos section.

Ensoniq AudioPCI – Wikipedia

In a nutchell, IMHO, the best bet for a sound card that does similar things and has similar features would be an old Sound Blaster Live “Value” edition The ES isn’t able to play all sample rates properly. Last edited by ux-3 on Then I got a Live!

Last edited by Mau1wurf on I’m actually quite attached to the MIDI sound of it It’s definitely noticable in the percussion where I don’t feel they have as much definition. General Midi however works fine. While Ensoniq’s approach generally worked with most games, some older games had problems detecting the virtualized hardware on some systems. Pressure from intense competition, especially with the dominant Creative Labswas forcing audio card makers to try to keep their prices low.

Now because Ensoniq was purchased by Creative, there are two drivers floating around! It doesn’t have a clone chip either.

For few soundcards esoinc multiple quartzes or a PLL, resampling is often used with all its potential problems. An oddity is that the rear channel was connected to the same output jack as line input.


Each was done with 2, 4 and 8MB soundfont. The older Soundscape has a better guitar too actually. I have tested and upladed both drivers.

Ensoniq AudioPCI

The Ensoniq ES audio chip was renamed Creative and revised into AC’97 -compliant variants, the ES and ES, and used for several more years on card and as integrated motherboard audio. It sounds quite good considering how cheap these cards are!

When paired with a capable codecsuch as the AK pre-AC’97the ES supported the then-latest in 3D audio positioning through 4-speaker surround sound. AudioPCI, while designed to be cheap, is still quite functional. Creative Labs Malvern which was the former Ensoniq company that had been acquired later released the Ectiva EV BTW, that Wikipedia article was mostly written by me.

It was one of the first cards to have Microsoft DirectSound3D 4-speaker playback support.