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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001047.txt from 1999/01

From: "Raymond Kong" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] SoundBlaster Live - Clarinet emulation (Kazoo like)
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 04:01:24 -0500

What I did was to order the Sonido Orchestra Gold Soundfont CD for my
SBlaster Live. IMO the clar sounds pretty good in that soundfont(there are
also many different clarinet sounds to choose from). I have also kept the
Wavesynth WG from my AWE64 installation.

Raymond Kong

-----Original Message-----
From: David Blumberg <>
Date: Tuesday, January 19, 1999 10:14 AM
Subject: [kl] SoundBlaster Live - Clarinet emulation (Kazoo like)

>I just installed a new soundcard on my computer. It was the SoundBlaster
>Live, the "latest, greatest" new one out by SoundBlaster. My previous card
>was the Gold 64 AWE, but it was ISA, and I wanted to get PCI. The way that
>it was described, it was supposed to make everything (games, etc),
>including Midi sound better. Nope - it does not include the Wave-synth WG,
>which is really quite "true to the Clarinet sound". They replaced it with
>"new technology". After installing it, calling the company to make sure
>that the Clarinet I was hearing was the correct setting, driver, etc. I had
>a soundcard that now makes a Clarinet sound more like a Kazoo to me.
>Soooooo, I took it out, put back in my AWE 64 GOLD, and have back the
>"rich, dark" Clarinet, and live Piano sound once more. And I saved myself
>$212 in the process.................. Bottom line, if you have a AWE 64
>GOLD (or value), and like the Clarinet sound in the Wave-synth WG, and were
>considering upgrading to the much touted Live card - don't do it. Just play
>that file in one of the other drivers (like the AWE 64 G midisynth) to get
>an idea of how bad it will sound after upgrading. I'm sure that my games
>would have sounded like I was in the midst of battle, but hey, I'm a
>Clarinetist first.
>David Blumberg - My Tempo Accompaniments for Woodwind Players
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