Fellow OCNs the very first Market Sound Card was the AdLib Music Synthesizer Card
and here`s their dramatic story:
The AdLib used Yamaha's YM3812
sound chip which produces sound via FM synthesis
. The AdLib card consisted of a YM3812 chip with off-the-shelf external glue logic to plug into a standard PC-compatible ISA 8-bit slot.
PC software generated multitimbral music and sound effects through the AdLib card, although the acoustic quality was distinctly synthesized. Digital audio (PCM) was not supported, a key feature supported by later competition (such as the Creative Labs Sound Blaster.)
but then the Competition arrived with the Creative Labs Sound Blaster.
The Sound Blaster was fully compatible with AdLib, meaning it would play any past, present, and future game written for AdLib's own card.
And it added two key features: a PCM audio channel, and a game port. PCM audio could record and play digital-audio recordings, which included dialogue, sound effects, and short musical performances. PCM audio complemented the YM3812, allowing game developers to include digital-audio for realistic sound-effects and speech that could not be adequately reproduced by the Yamaha's FM synthesis. And the Sound Blaster's inclusion of a game-port made it a single-card gaming solution.
so they went broke
hope that helpedEdited by Crag - 5/14/11 at 2:44pm