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Sound Blaster AWE32 is an ISA sound card from Creative Technology. It is an add-on board for PCs. The AWE32, introduced in March 1994, was a nearly full-length ISA card, measuring 14 inches (356 mm) in length. It needed to be this large because of the number of features included (the most available at the time). At the time, manufacturing technology was incapable of integrating all of the functions into a smaller number of chips. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A sound card (also known as an audio card) is a computer expansion card that can input and output sound under control of computer programs. ... Creative Technology Limited (SGX: C76, NASDAQ: CREAF) is a listed manufacturer of computer multimedia products based in Singapore where the firm was initially founded by Sim Wong Hoo (born 1955) on July 1, 1981. ... The Columbia MPC was one of the many IBM PC compatibles offered on the US market. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

Contents

Overview

MIDI capability

AWE32 PnP with 8 MB RAM

The AWE32 included two distinct audio sections; one being the Creative digital audio section with their audio codec and optional CSP/ASP chip socket, and the second being the E-mu MIDI synthesizer section. The synthesizer section consisted of the EMU8000 synthesizer and effects processor chip, the EMU8011 1 MiB sample ROM, and a variable amount of RAM (none on the SB32, 512 kiB on the AWE32; RAM was expandable to 28 MiB on both cards). These chips comprised a powerful and flexible sample-based synthesis system, based on E-mu's high-end sampler systems such as the E-mu Emulator III and E-mu Proteus. The effects processor generated various effects (i.e. reverb and chorus) and environments on MIDI output, similar to the later EAX standard on Live! and newer cards. It can also add effects to the output from the Yamaha OPL-3's FM synthesis. The AWE32 was the first sampler to support E-Mu's SoundFont standard, which allowed users to build custom sound sets using their own samples, the samples included in ROM, or both. The card included software for building custom SoundFonts. All of Creative's subsequent cards, other than the Sound Blaster PCI64/128 series, support SoundFonts. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1280x463, 245 KB) Summary Creative Labs Sound Blaster AWE32 IDE. CT3990. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1280x463, 245 KB) Summary Creative Labs Sound Blaster AWE32 IDE. CT3990. ... Plug and Play is a term used in the computer field to describe a computers ability to have new devices, normally peripherals, added to it without having to restart the computer. ... E-mu Systems was a synthesizer maker and pioneer in the manufacture of low-cost digital sampling music workstations. ... formula here</math></math></math></math></math>The three-letter acronym MIB may refer to any of several concepts: Management Information Base, a computing information repository used (for example) by Simple Network Management Protocol An abbreviation for mebibyte (MiB) or mebibit (Mib) Men in Black, a group of mysterious agents... According to the International Electrotechnical Commission a kibibyte (a contraction of kilo binary byte) is a unit of information or computer storage. ... formula here</math></math></math></math></math>The three-letter acronym MIB may refer to any of several concepts: Management Information Base, a computing information repository used (for example) by Simple Network Management Protocol An abbreviation for mebibyte (MiB) or mebibit (Mib) Men in Black, a group of mysterious agents... Sample-based synthesis is a form of audio synthesis that can be similar in structure to either subtractive synthesis or additive synthesis. ... Sampler/Syntesizer similar to the Emulator_II that had the capability of sampling 16 bit sound. ... This article is about audio effect. ... The chorus effect is a condition in the way people perceive nearly the same sound coming from more than one source. ... The environmental audio extensions (or EAX) are a number of digital signal processing presets for audio, present in Creative Labs later Sound Blaster sound cards and the Creative NOMAD/Creative Zen product lines. ... The Yamaha YMF262 also known as the OPL3 (OPL is an acronym for FM Operator Type-L), is an improved version of the sound chip Yamaha YM3812 (OPL2). ... SoundFont is a brand name that collectively refers to a file format and associated technology designed to bridge the gap between recorded and synthesized audio, especially for the purposes of computer music composition. ...


On the initial release, Creative promoted the EMU8000 as a waveguide physical modelling synthesis engine, due to its ability to work with delay lines. The option was used mostly as an effect engine for chorus and flanging effects. Actual physical modeling instruments were not popular on the AWE, although some support exists in the SoundFont format. Digital waveguide synthesis is the synthesis of audio using a digital waveguide. ... Physical modelling synthesis is the synthesis of sound by using a set of equations and algorithms to simulate a physical source of sound. ... The term delay line has multiple meanings: In electronics and derivative fields such as telecommunications, a delay line is rigorously defined as a single-input-channel device, in which the output channel state at a given instant, t, is the same as the input channel state at the instant t... Flanging is a time-based audio effect that occurs when two identical signals are mixed together, but with one signal time-delayed by a small and gradually changing amount, usually smaller than 20 ms (milliseconds). ... SoundFont is a brand name that collectively refers to a file format and associated technology designed to bridge the gap between recorded and synthesized audio, especially for the purposes of computer music composition. ...


The AWE32 didn't use its MPU-401 port to access the EMU8000—Creative decided to expose the EMU8000's registers directly, through three sets of non-standard ports, and interpret MIDI commands in software on the host CPU. As with the Gravis Ultrasound, software designers had to write special AWE32 support into their programs. To support older software, the AWE32 featured OPL-3 FM synthesis, and came with the AWEUTIL program which attempted to provide GM/MT-32/GS redirection to the native AWE hardware; however, AWEUTIL wasn't compatible with all programs or motherboards due to its use of the non-maskable interrupt (a featured that was omitted or disabled on many clone boards), and it used a lot of precious DOS conventional memory. Also, if a game used DOS 32-bit protected mode through a non-DPMI compliant DOS extender, then the MPU-401 emulation would not function and the EMU8000 would not be used unless directly supported by the software. This also affected the Creative Wave Blaster daughterboard header. AWE32's usage in Windows was simplified by the fact that Windows 3.1x had drivers which made the OPL3 and the EMU8000 appear like any another MIDI peripheral, on their own MIDI interfaces. The MPU-401, where MPU stands for MIDI Processing Unit, is an important but now obsolescent standard for MIDI interfaces on the PC platform. ... The GF1 chip Gravis Ultrasound or GUS is a sound card for the IBM PC compatible system platform, made by Canadian-based Advanced Gravis Computer Technology Ltd. ... The Yamaha YMF262 also known as the OPL3 (OPL is an acronym for FM Operator Type-L), is an improved version of the sound chip Yamaha YM3812 (OPL2). ... The Roland MT-32 is a MIDI synthesizer module first released in 1987 by the Roland Corporation. ... Roland GS, or just GS, sometimes vaguely transcribed as General Standard, is an extension of General MIDI specification. ... A Non-Maskable Interrupt (NMI) is a special type of interrupt that can not be ignored by standard interrupt masking techniques. ... The Columbia MPC was one of the many IBM PC compatibles offered on the US market. ... Conventional memory is the first 640 kibibytes of an IBM PCs memory. ... Protected mode is an operational mode of x86-compatible CPUs of the 80286 series or later. ... DPMI is the method which Microsoft prescribes for a DOS program to run in protected mode and to access extended memory under a multitasking operating system like Microsoft Windows. ... DOS extender is the name invented in the 1980s for a technology to allow programs started from MS-DOS, which ran in Real mode, to actually run in protected mode. ... Sound Blaster 16 with Wave Blaster header (top left) The Wave Blaster port is an internal connector / header on some sound cards from the 1990s that allowed sample-based synthesis MIDI playback capability to be added to sound cards. ... A daughterboard or daughtercard is a circuit board meant to be an extension or daughter of a motherboard (or mainboard), or occasionally another card. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Digital sound effects

The Creative digital audio section was basically an entire Sound Blaster 16, and as such, was mostly compatible with Creative's earlier sound cards, including Sound Blaster Pro, Sound Blaster 2.0, and the original Sound Blaster. Its specifications included 16-bit 45 kHz AD/DA conversion with real-time on-board compression / decompression and the Yamaha OPL3 FM synthesizer chip. The AWE32 in general has superior recording and playback characteristics compared to the older SB16.[citation needed] However, compatibility was not always perfect and there were situations where various bugs could arise in games. Many of the AWE32 cards had codecs which supported bass, treble, and gain adjustments through Creative's included mixer software. There were many variants and revisions of the AWE32, however, and not all of them use the same digital audio chipset and features do vary. For example, the AWE32 boards that utilize the Vibra chip do not have bass and treble adjustments, but usually noticeably better signal-to-noise ratio.[citation needed] Sound Blaster 16 is an ISA sound card from Creative Technology. ... This article or section should include material from AD converters In electronics, an analog-to-digital converter (abbreviated ADC, A/D, or A to D) is a device that converts continuous signals to discrete digital numbers. ... In electronics, a digital-to-analog converter (DAC or D-to-A) is a device for converting a digital (usually binary) code to an analogue signal (current, voltage or charges). ... The Yamaha YMF262 also known as the OPL3 (OPL is an acronym for FM Operator Type-L), is an improved version of the sound chip Yamaha YM3812 (OPL2). ...


Other onboard hardware

Also on AWE32 was a Panasonic/Sony/Mitsumi CD-ROM interface (for accessing old, non-ATAPI CD-ROM drives which were still in use at the time), the Wave Blaster header, and two 30-pin SIMM slots for adding sample memory. Later AWE32 revisions replaced the proprietary CD-ROM interfaces with the newer ATAPI interface. The AWE32 supported up to 28 MB of additional SIMM memory; 32 MB could be added to the board, but the synthesizer couldn't address all of it (4MB of the EMU8000's address space was reserved for sample ROM). Panasonic is an international brand name for Japanese electric products manufacturer Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. ... Sony Corporation ) is a Japanese multinational corporation and one of the worlds largest media conglomerates with revenue of $66. ... Mitsumi Electric Co. ... ATA cables: 40 wire ribbon cable top, 80 wire ribbon cable bottom Advanced Technology Attachment (ATA), is a standard interface for connecting storage devices such as hard disks and CD-ROM drives inside personal computers. ... 30- (top) and 72-pin (bottom) SIMMs. ...


Sound quality problems

AWE32 was criticized for its rather noisy analog output. Static, hiss, and pops were not uncommon from the circuitry onboard these cards. AWE32's name also confused many consumers initially because many believed the number 32 in the name to refer to its sampling bit depth, as in offering 32-bit audio support, when in reality the value 32 represented the polyphony of its MIDI synthesizers (30 sampled voices + the 2 channel mix of the FM synthesizer).


Sound Blaster 32

Sound Blaster 32 IDE

The Sound Blaster 32 (SB32) was a value-oriented offering from Creative, announced on June 6, 1995, designed to fit below the AWE32 Value in the lineup. The SB32 lacked onboard RAM, the Wave Blaster header, and the CSP socket. The boards also used the Vibra digital audio chip which lacked adjustments for bass, treble, and gain. The SB32 had the same MIDI capabilities as the AWE32, and had the same 30-pin SIMM RAM expansion capability. The board was also fully compatible with the AWE32 option in software and used the same Windows drivers. Once the SB32 was outfitted with 30-pin SIMMs, its sampler section performed identically to the AWE32's. Some Sound Blaster 32 PnP with onboard 512kB RAM was sold as AWE32 OEM in Dell computers. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1280x596, 264 KB) Summary Creative Labs Sound Blaster 32. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1280x596, 264 KB) Summary Creative Labs Sound Blaster 32. ... is the 157th day of the year (158th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Look up RAM, Ram, ram in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Wave Blaster may refer to: Yamaha Wave Blaster, a personal watercraft produced from 1993 to 1996 Creative WaveBlaster, a sound card by Creative in the Sound Blaster line of sound cards Category: ... Musical Instrument Digital Interface, or MIDI, is a system designed to transmit information between electronic musical instruments. ... 30- (top) and 72-pin (bottom) SIMMs. ...


Sound Blaster AWE32 Value

The Sound Blaster AWE32 Value was another value-oriented offering. Lacked SIMM slots but featured 512kB onboard RAM and ASP chip socket.


Sound Blaster AWE32 OEM

some cutted versions exist: CT4330 - cars similar as AWE64 Dell AWE32 - Sound Blaster 32 with soldered 512kB RAM


See also

  • Sound Blaster
  • Creative Labs Model Numbers - Resource of all Creative model numbers. Good for board identification.

The Sound Blaster logo The Sound Blaster family of sound cards was for many years the de facto standard for audio on the IBM PC compatible system platform, before PC audio became commoditized, and backward-compatibility became less of a feature. ...

External links

  • "Programming the Soundblaster AWE-32"
  • "Soundblaster AWE-32 Driver Download"

 
 

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