SOUND BOARDS: MEDIAVISION
ProAudio series, Jazz, & Pro 3D

Phone:
800-845-5870, 510-770-8600
Fax:
510-770-8648
BBS:
??
e-mail:
??
Web:
http://www.mediavis.com/mainmenu.htm

Jazz

Type:
FM synthesis
Chipset:
MediaVision Jazz 16 (I assume)
CD-ROM:
??
Street price:
??
OS/2 Drivers:
Available, but possibly unreliable
Drivers from:
OS/2 box
Comments:
OS/2 drivers are available with OS/2; however, I've seen some reports that these drivers may be difficult to get working correctly, especially with DOS/Windows support. One person reports that volume control doesn't work and that "some hardware configurations fail." Other reports indicate no such problems. MediaVision has announced that it will no longer be developing or updating its OS/2 drivers (the drivers that come with OS/2 were apparently written by MediaVision).

ProAudio Spectrum/ProAudio Studio

Type:
FM synthesis
Chipset:
??
CD-ROM:
Variable; depends on specific board.
Street price:
Discontinued, but may still be available from HSC, 1-800-4-HALTED, for $30.
OS/2 Drivers:
Available
Drivers from:
OS/2 box
Comments:
Discontinued. Allows simultaneous use of sound from OS/2 and Windows programs, if you can get this feature working (it's frustrated a lot of people). The PROMIX/2 program is reputed to help get this card working correctly. Loading the DOS driver for the card in OS/2's CONFIG.SYS is also reported to help. There's also a file called PASSETUP.DOC available from various sources (it's listed on my March, 1995 Hobbes CD-ROM, but not on the latest index files I have from ftp-os2.nmsu.edu or ftp-os2.cdrom.com).

Pro 3-D

Type:
Wavetable
Chipset:
MediaVision MVD1216, Korg wavetable, Yamaha OPL3
CD-ROM:
SCSI
Street price:
??
OS/2 Drivers:
Unavailable, but may work with Jazz drivers
Drivers from:
--
Comments:
Obviously, I know very little about this board, but it's from a Big Name, so I thought I should mention it. ;-) I have heard that MediaVision has formally announced that they are NOT working on OS/2 drivers. The board reportedly works ("barely") with the Jazz drivers included with OS/2.

Copyright © 1996, Rod Smith, rodsmith@rodsbooks.com
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