12 Facts About Sound Blaster


Sound Blaster is a family of sound cards designed by Singaporean technology company Creative Technology.

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The Sound Blaster Pro used a pair of YM3812 chips to provide stereo music-synthesis.

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The Sound Blaster Pro was fully backward compatible with the original Sound Blaster line, and by extension, the AdLib sound card.

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The Sound Blaster Pro was the first Creative sound card to have a built-in CD-ROM interface.

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Sound Blaster ViBRA16 was an inexpensive single-chip implementation of the Sound Blaster 16 for the OEM market.

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Derivative of the AWE32 design, the Sound Blaster 32 was a value-oriented offering from Creative.

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AWE32's successor, the Sound Blaster AWE64, was significantly smaller, being a "half-length ISA card" (that term is misleading — see the pictures for size comparison).

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Sound Blaster Audigy 4 Pro was an Audigy 2 ZS with updated DACs and ADCs, the new DAC being the Cirrus Logic CS4398, boosting the output SNR to 113dB.

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Sound Blaster Z-Series was announced in August 2012 and includes the PCI Express x1 cards, Z, Zx and ZxR which use the same Sound Core3D chip as the previous Sound Blaster Recon3D series.

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Sound Blaster AE-9 was announced in December 2018, targeting the audiophile audience.

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Sound Blaster managed to enable the X-Fi Crystallizer to work on Audigy series cards in software, however because of the patents involved, he was forced to remove all the modified drivers and DLL patch.

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Sound Blaster released the final version of his modded driver package as of January 12, 2012.

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