Wave Tables

Gravis Ultrasound (1992 Advanced Gravis, Canada), GUS MAX, GUS PnP, GUS PnP Pro

Sound Blaster AWE-32 (Creative Technology, US-Singapore), AWE-64.

A better alternative to FM synthesis: instead of using FM synthesis, the card stores samples on-board.

Wave Table cards are normally capable of changing pich automatically including interpolation where needed, e.g. you need to squeeze the sample twice in order to move to a higher octave which is equivalent to getting an average of two consecutive samples.

Sound patches(GUS), sound fonts (AWE).

GUS - up to 32 active voices, but with only 14 can be used with 44.1 KHz:

Sampling Rate Hz Active voices Sampling rate Hz Active Voices
44100 14 25725 24
41160 15 24696 25
38587 16 23746 26
36317 17 22866 27
34300 18 22050 28
32494 19 21289 29
30870 20 20580 30
29400 21 19916 31
28063 22 19293 32
26843 23

AWE-32 32 voices

AWE-64 64 voices (32 voices supported with Linux).

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