Sound Cards&<Software! Who works w/What?
Posted on 1998-02-07
Can you help me better understand the setup workings and application of Sound Cards. -(non-P-n-P. DOS/Win-3.11)-.
The written "Chinglish" mini-pamphlet's, and equally puzzling software supplied with most sound cards are unbelievably enigamatic in both lack of discription and application. Equally puzzling is the lack of available writings on this subject... - At least in plain English -.
Computer magazine writers tenaciously avoid going to far into the How & Why quirks that surround the array of different system resources called for by sound cards. Not to mention avoiding dissertations on the how's & why's behind their confusing software "installations" made up of convoluted settings, drivers,.ini/.inf/.ufo and other files patch-worked, without order or apparent logic), all over a PC's operating system???
I realize that I am asking for more of an "article" than an answer. (Maybe you can simply direct me to a worthwhile book , under $29.95, I have a ton of those already)...
All the authors that I've collected seem somewhat intimidated by the idea of devoting much time to this subject.
I do however have a few imediate questions:
1. Sound cards all seem to come with a diskette or two. What are the programs on these disk's supposed to do? It's never "really" explained... Is it setup drivers for [that] particular board, (making the software proprietary to a particular model board)?? Or, is largely a virtual sound console for controling play and record functions. Or, is it some combination of both?
Is any of this sound, or sound board, software generic and thus usable with most any board or CD drive? Or, are there compatibility imperatives?
With the sound control "built-in's" in Win-95, (for that matter even in 3.11); are the software "Audiomation Stations" that come with most sound cards even necessary?
If the sound card programs do in fact mirror simular sound control programs already built into Windows OS's, is this not a sure recipe for setup and assignment confusion and system conflicts? If so, which ones should be "switched-on", which ones would be better removed, and where and how does the PC user do this?
You see. The very subject is so unwielding that every question raises another, and can not be confined to anything simple.
Anyway. Any help you can lend would be appreciated.