Creative Game Blaster / CMS Sound Card Overview video is online

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

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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!


5 comments on “Creative Game Blaster / CMS Sound Card Overview video is online

  1. Jasper says:

    Lol…Loved that comment about RDJ…respect man…! Again very nice review!

  2. Shagittarius says:

    Good review, enjoyed it! Though I’m not sure having what is essentially 12 PC speakers is something that appeals to me =).

  3. LORD MJ says:

    Great video again. I was really impressed with the Intelligent Organ.

    Can someone please name a software that works like that? I would like to try and make some tunes.

  4. Gemini says:

    The way I put it when I took a quick look at DOSBox’s sound support in ADG: “Essentially, you can think of this card (the C/MS) as three Tandy 1000s… and one PCjr for good measure, lined up together trying to produce a composition of some sort.” ; D

    The Philips SAA 1099 chip is audibly very similar to having two Texas Instruments SN76489 chips together.

    As for the difference in sound between the real hardware and the line-out, you’re actually missing some of the channels in the sound output, most notably the bass, so either there’s something wrong with the line-out or cable and it’s only capturing the left or right audio, or the SB 1.5 just doesn’t output C/MS sound properly through the line-out port. *shrugs*

    Did you try directly connecting the speaker output on the card to your newer system rather than the line-out? That might make a difference.

    • The SB1.5 actually only has one output port, it appears. 😀 The other is a mic input.
      But I got it fixed! It turns out it was the program I was using! I have no idea why, as all the settings check out, but once I switched over to Audacity instead of Audition, it recorded both channels and now I have the proper bass and everything.

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