I would also add that another drawback is the need for EMM to be loaded in order for the sound card to work in DOS, which prevents some older games from running e. The card represented a shift in Ensoniq’s market positioning. So you are guaranteed that these drivers will work if you have a card that looks like the one in the picture above. This mode allowed fast, direct access to the system’s entire RAM without requiring a memory manager or memory protection mechanism. Views Read Edit View history.

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They seem to operate at Resampling means lower sound quality, worse synchronization and possibly higher CPU utilization. This was a smart cost saving measure!

The sound still comes out though the speaker out port on the AudioPCI. The older Soundscape has a better guitar too actually.

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You can download them here: I was an Ensoniq nut starting in and followed AudioPCI from the first rumors in and bought one in In another cost-cutting move, the previously typical ROM chip used for storage of samples for sample-based synthesis was replaced with the facility to use system RAM as storage for this audio data. This mode allowed fast, direct access to the system’s entire RAM without requiring a memory manager or memory protection mechanism.


The chip was also a PCI bus master device that was designed to provide high-speed access to system RAM and resources, for sample synthesis data and effect processing. Their cards were very popular with PC OEMsbut their costs were too high and their musical instrument division was fading esnoic revenue.

This site hosts no abandonware. Midi only works well however.

Ensoniq AudioPCI

AudioPCI had some surprises for the market. Firstly this card used PCI.

But there should also be DOS games that work with the Voodoo 2 right? Notably, AudioPCI supports several digital effects reverbchorusand spatial enhancement when used with Microsoft Windows 95 and later versions of Windows. BTW, that Wikipedia article was mostly written by me.

Ensoniq AudioPCI – Wikipedia

CFG and edit this line: Back to Square One. One important feature of this chip was esojic it used the PCI bus, instead of the ISA bus fsonic used by sound cards at that point. It definitely has issues with some games and EMM is a nasty caveat.


The 11 KHz cutoff is easily seen on a graphic equalizer Winamp Ozone plugin here. These were just rebranded by Creative for the cards they sold based on these chips.

It sounds quite good considering how cheap these cards are! Space Quest 5 doesn’t start with Sound Blaster enabled. Maybe the W95 driver support this? Done it’s as easy as that! I found this out a year ago or so.

General Midi however works fine. It’s definitely noticable in the percussion where I don’t feel they have as much definition.

I think the chip was labelled ES I did two recordings. A neat thing about it is that the Aureal cards have a wavetable header and it does esoinc in DOS. Creatives Driver which will give you Soundblaster 16 and General Midi compatibility Many games had native support for Ensoniq Soundscape. I should install W95 it seems.