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(Wimp)   Evolution of PC audio, as told by the Secret of Monkey Island   (wimp.com) divider line 62
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2012-07-15 02:11:25 AM
This was nostalgic.
 
2012-07-15 03:41:28 AM

Colostomy: This was nostalgic.


Nerdstalgia
 
2012-07-15 03:44:15 AM
That was pretty nice. You could hear the subtle changes. This is like a work of the art of subtlety.
 
2012-07-15 12:32:54 PM
Is it bad I could tell advances by sound? "Ooh, this sounds like the introduction of MIDI".
 
2012-07-15 01:11:20 PM
This might be the best link ive ever seen. heard.
 
2012-07-15 01:13:07 PM
time to play this again
 
2012-07-15 01:19:05 PM
How appropriate. You fight like a cow.
 
2012-07-15 01:21:40 PM
That's gonna be in my head for the rest of the day.
 
2012-07-15 01:36:15 PM
You nostalgia, you WIN.
 
2012-07-15 01:39:41 PM

gopher321: How appropriate. You fight like a cow.


I'm glad to hear you stopped picking your nose.
 
2012-07-15 02:12:27 PM
I have an interest in hi-fi audio from my PC. I am currently using a Soundblaster Audigy platinum card but I don't know much about it vs. other cards and I am interested in better sound. Anyone know a little about this? Any advise?
 
2012-07-15 02:19:21 PM

TeamEd: gopher321: How appropriate. You fight like a cow.

I'm glad to hear you stopped picking your nose.


Your hemorrhoids are flaring up again, eh?
 
2012-07-15 02:26:11 PM
Nice find, subby.
 
2012-07-15 02:29:18 PM
The Amiga sound was superior.
 
2012-07-15 02:31:48 PM
Everything from 1988 onward sounded pretty much the same. They even gave up and admitted that 1994 was the best that it gets. Now it's just a game of adding more and more channels. In fact, things have actually gotten worse with lossy compression.
 
2012-07-15 02:42:36 PM
They all sounded the same; does that mean i need a new sound card? It means i need a new sound card, doesn't it... Do you have any idea how hard it is to find ISA cards these days?!
 
2012-07-15 02:52:22 PM
*advice ...sometimes I can spell... I have been a fan of vintage '70s audio for the " warmth" (distortion) and "quality" (distortion) anyone else?
 
2012-07-15 03:01:33 PM
Not that Monkey Island isn't a great game, but it may be one of the worst for this particular demonstration because, at best, you're dealing with pan flutes, which most people haven't heard. Better would be a game with an orchestral score, to show how soundtracks have evolved from 16-bit synthesis to 256k samples to fully-recorded samples and dynamic composition engines.
 
2012-07-15 03:04:36 PM

CHAOtipper: I have an interest in hi-fi audio from my PC. I am currently using a Soundblaster Audigy platinum card but I don't know much about it vs. other cards and I am interested in better sound. Anyone know a little about this? Any advise?


Get a new computer first? I think my brother got one of those when it first came out, and that was around a decade ago. As far as I'm aware, sound cards are no longer really an important item anymore (unless you're doing a lot of sound recording), as the onboard stuff really has caught up to the point where it supports 7.1 audio and the vast majority of people can't tell the difference between with and without dedicated hardware. Any money you throw at it will come with minimal gains. If you really must, Creative Labs seems to have some "reasonably" priced pieces for under $200. But again, unless you're doing recording, you probably won't hear the difference.

However, before you make any decisions, how is your sound system hooked up to the computer?
 
2012-07-15 03:04:44 PM

CHAOtipper: I have an interest in hi-fi audio from my PC. I am currently using a Soundblaster Audigy platinum card but I don't know much about it vs. other cards and I am interested in better sound. Anyone know a little about this? Any advise?

CHAOtipper: I have been a fan of vintage '70s audio for the " warmth" (distortion) and "quality" (distortion) anyone else?


You want more "'70s vintage sound" from your Audigy? That's easy... Find the +V and -V rails on the output op-amps, and add a resistor in line with each of them. You'll get that nice fuzzy vintage sound. For extra warmth, make sure the resistors are unmatched.
 
2012-07-15 03:05:09 PM
Monkey Island came out in 1990, so the maker of this video had to compose new arrangements for these old speakers.
 
2012-07-15 03:27:41 PM

LoneVVolf: They all sounded the same; does that mean i need a new sound card? It means i need a new sound card, doesn't it... Do you have any idea how hard it is to find ISA cards these days?!


The Shopkeeper on Monkey Island might have one for you, fancy pants. If you've got good credit, that is.
 
2012-07-15 03:28:15 PM

ApatheticMonkey: CHAOtipper: I have an interest in hi-fi audio from my PC. I am currently using a Soundblaster Audigy platinum card but I don't know much about it vs. other cards and I am interested in better sound. Anyone know a little about this? Any advise?



However, before you make any decisions, how is your sound system hooked up to the computer?


Don't laugh, I use an RCA cable into a 1/8 in. plug into the analog stereo output of the sound card. It sounds ok, but I know I am missing something.
 
2012-07-15 03:34:43 PM
ADlib rocked . I remember having that card back in the day.
 
2012-07-15 03:46:54 PM

CHAOtipper: ApatheticMonkey: CHAOtipper: I have an interest in hi-fi audio from my PC. I am currently using a Soundblaster Audigy platinum card but I don't know much about it vs. other cards and I am interested in better sound. Anyone know a little about this? Any advise?

However, before you make any decisions, how is your sound system hooked up to the computer?

If it makes you feel better, that's how I've got my laptop hooked up to my stereo.
Don't laugh, I use an RCA cable into a 1/8 in. plug into the analog stereo output of the sound card. It sounds ok, but I know I am missing something.


How much are you looking to spend? Will you be upgrading your computer? Do you have goals other than getting that 70s sound? You could go in many directions here.
 
2012-07-15 04:52:19 PM
I always thought one of the coolest sound developments was Realsound, where they would get voicework and other sounds through your basic PC speaker. Games like Meanstreets and Crimewave used it to great effect, having voice-overs in a PC game without a soundcard years and years ahead of the game. It basically sounded like good music and intelligible voices with a bit of background static coming out of your PC speaker.
 
2012-07-15 04:52:37 PM
My foray into electronic music began with an Alesis QS-6 synthesizer hooked up to the game port with a midi adapter -- I forget the computer make, but it was running Cakewalk on Windows 95 with an SB16 Waveblaster sound card. Good times.
 
2012-07-15 04:53:49 PM

tweek46420: time to play this again


I want to be a pirate, again.
 
2012-07-15 04:55:36 PM
Where would the Commodore 64 sound chip fit in there?
 
2012-07-15 04:57:50 PM
 
2012-07-15 05:04:50 PM
Those cards were expensive too.
 
2012-07-15 05:11:48 PM
That was the second biggest evolution of sound I've ever seen.
 
2012-07-15 05:18:04 PM

CHAOtipper: I have an interest in hi-fi audio from my PC. I am currently using a Soundblaster Audigy platinum card but I don't know much about it vs. other cards and I am interested in better sound. Anyone know a little about this? Any advise?


Yes, go purchase some monster cables, if you're moronic enough to purchase any soundcard you're their market segment.
 
2012-07-15 05:21:47 PM

CHAOtipper: ApatheticMonkey: CHAOtipper: I have an interest in hi-fi audio from my PC. I am currently using a Soundblaster Audigy platinum card but I don't know much about it vs. other cards and I am interested in better sound. Anyone know a little about this? Any advise?

However, before you make any decisions, how is your sound system hooked up to the computer?


Don't laugh, I use an RCA cable into a 1/8 in. plug into the analog stereo output of the sound card. It sounds ok, but I know I am missing something.


Onboard audio on newish computers are plenty capable of hifi output.. just hook the digital optical cable to your receiver so the stereo system decodes the signal and produces clean, untouched audio. this is also the solution for multi-channel audio (5.1 etc.).. all you need is an optical or spdif (coaxial) cable. Most systems can handle better than CD-quality audio (48khz and higher).
 
2012-07-15 05:46:19 PM

turbocucumber: LoneVVolf: They all sounded the same; does that mean i need a new sound card? It means i need a new sound card, doesn't it... Do you have any idea how hard it is to find ISA cards these days?!

The Shopkeeper on Monkey Island might have one for you, fancy pants. If you've got good credit, that is.


I bought one from Stan. Best forty pieces o' eight I ever spent.

i.imgur.com
 
2012-07-15 05:58:07 PM
I used to play music on my Apple ][+ using my Novation APPLE-CAT four-voice synthesizer.

Link

/obscure?
 
2012-07-15 05:59:14 PM
I remember being amazed by a Turtle Beach Mutlisound card around 92,93.
 
2012-07-15 06:50:39 PM
I didn't come from no monkey!

I believe in Creationist sound systems.
 
2012-07-15 07:17:20 PM
Very nostalgic indeed. I worked my ass off to get the $60 needed to buy my Pro Audio Spectrum 16. It was a lot of money for a ten year old.
 
2012-07-15 07:44:13 PM

CHAOtipper: ApatheticMonkey: CHAOtipper: I have an interest in hi-fi audio from my PC. I am currently using a Soundblaster Audigy platinum card but I don't know much about it vs. other cards and I am interested in better sound. Anyone know a little about this? Any advise?

However, before you make any decisions, how is your sound system hooked up to the computer?


Don't laugh, I use an RCA cable into a 1/8 in. plug into the analog stereo output of the sound card. It sounds ok, but I know I am missing something.


You know what? I just thought of something. For the price of a "good" sound card, you may as well go get yourself a USB DAC with a tube preamp section. (This is if you know how to solder, naturally)

That'll give you your vintage audio "warmth", and you can just hook it up to your stereo via RCA jacks instead. (If you're running an older amp).

Otherwise, buy a new computer, and hook it up with via SPDIF like Smagma says.
 
2012-07-15 07:46:36 PM
I remember the gravis - one of the all time best cards.
 
2012-07-15 07:46:46 PM

Swagz: It was a lot of money for a ten year old.


I usually pay a hundred.

//softball
 
2012-07-15 07:52:49 PM

LoneVVolf: They all sounded the same; does that mean i need a new sound card? It means i need a new sound card, doesn't it... Do you have any idea how hard it is to find ISA cards these days?!


I am certain I have a couple ISA SB16s in my antique box. Trade you one for a box of blank 8" floppies.
 
2012-07-15 08:00:14 PM
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Best part of Monkey Island! I loved that game!
 
2012-07-15 08:02:57 PM

DammitIForgotMyLogin: Nerdstalgia


Pretty much this.
 
2012-07-15 08:23:32 PM
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I miss dithered, early 90's graphics.

It makes me think of a time when women had thick, full, unshaven bush. Playing games from that era make me feel like I'm back in those days where any woman's pants I could pull down, I could stick my face into a wonderful, thick, fragrant dark forest.
 
2012-07-15 08:26:46 PM

Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion: [lparchive.org image 640x400]

Best part of Monkey Island! I loved that game!


Day of the Tentacle was the best part of Monkey Island?


Now that you're here take a look at this brilliant history of Atari ST chip music audio and video captured while running on an actual (or possibly emulated) ST. Great work this.
 
2012-07-15 08:54:50 PM

ZoSo_the_Crowe: It makes me think of a time when women had thick, full, unshaven bush. Playing games from that era make me feel like I'm back in those days where any woman's pants I could pull down, I could stick my face into a wonderful, thick, fragrant dark forest.



It's true, there is no topic under the sun that won't end up turning into a thread about tits and minge once it hits Fark.


I do so love this place.
 
2012-07-15 09:47:02 PM

turbocucumber: tweek46420: time to play this again

I want to be a pirate, again.


Ask me about Grim Fandango
 
2012-07-15 11:45:36 PM
They forgot the Ensoniq Soundscape...
 
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