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Recently, I finally came into possession of a Sound Blaster 1.5 (CT1320C) sound card for IBM-compatible PCs.
Big deal, you might say, since it’s got the same Sound Blaster and AdLib functionality of practically every other Sound Blaster card up until the mid-90s! You’d be correct, but you’d also be missing one thing: two chips labeled CMS-301.
These little chips, when installed in a CT1320A, B or C, provide the abilities of the Creative Music System, aka. the Creative Game Blaster. This was Creative Technologies’ first sound card for the PC and it’s pretty much just 12 square wave generators providing 6 independent voices on two channels. But it’s awesome. Freaking awesome. So watch this video to see what it’s all about, or to gain a quick refresher if you’re already privy to the sweetness this thing provides!
This also the first in the Oddware series, where I’ll be looking at odd, forgotten and unique hardware and software. Not just games!