SOUND BOARDS: REVEAL
Various Boards

Phone:
N/A (out of business)
Fax:
N/A (out of business)
BBS:
N/A (out of business) -- but 818-762-9894 reportedly works for getting files and possibly third-party support.
e-mail:
N/A (out of business)
Web:
N/A (out of business) -- but http://www.vobis.de/bbs/firmen/reveal has drivers for most or all Reveal products, and http://www.execpc.com/~ellingsj/ and http://www.netmobile.com/reveal/reveal1.htm have Reveal information.

The latest reports I've received (as of 10/19/96) indicate that Reveal has finally gone out of business, but they've risen from oblivion (well, a planned takeover by Creative Labs) once before, so this may not be a permanent state. In any event, there are certainly a lot of legacy Reveal boards out there, and some may still be available in stores or on the used market. Be aware that Reveal played games with product names; they might completely change a product without changing the packaging, only altering a revision number which wasn't printed on the box. Thus, exercise some caution when purchasing a Reveal product. In fact, because Reveal has gone under, I'd advise against buying any Reveal product at the moment, unless you find an irresistable price -- and then only on something with firmer OS/2 support (e.g., InterWave-based board).

Apparently some of the former Reveal tech support people have formed a company devoted to providing support for various computer products, including Reveal products. They're maintaining the above BBS number, and hope to have an ftp site up eventually.


SC400 ("SoundFX"), rev. 2:

Type:
FM synthesis
Chipset:
Aztech (?)
CD-ROM:
??
Street price:
Discontinued (?)
OS/2 Drivers:
Available, but may be unreliable
Drivers from:
BBS, OS/2 ftp: revsc4r2.zip; ftp.aimnet.com, /pub/users/aztech, http://www.vobis.de/bbs/firmen/reveal
Comments:
This board appears to be a close cousin or identical to an Aztech design. I've received conflicting reports on whether the revsc4r2.zip driver works correctly (the readme indicates that it's a beta-level driver for OS/2 2.1). The Aztech ftp site includes a variety of drivers, some of which may be a better bet (see above, under the Aztech boards).

SC400 ("SoundFX"), rev. 3:

Type:
FM synthesis
Chipset:
Aztech (?)
CD-ROM:
??
Street price:
Discontinued (?)
OS/2 Drivers:
Uses Aztech NOVA 16 drivers, but unknown reliability
Drivers from:
OS/2 box
Comments:
The OS/2 ftp sites and the Reveal BBS and ftp site have a text file describing how to set up the board for use with the Aztech NOVA 16 drivers included with Warp. One net report indicates that the Sony CD-ROM drive which is sometimes bundled with this board doesn't work under OS/2.

SC400 ("SoundFX"), rev. 4a:

Type:
FM synthesis
Chipset:
Aztech (???)
CD-ROM:
IDE (?), proprietary (???)
Street price:
Discontinued (?)
OS/2 Drivers:
Available, but unknown reliability
Drivers from:
BBS, http://www.vobis.de/bbs/firmen/reveal, OS/2 ftp: revsc4r4a.zip
Comments:
Drivers for this board look suspiciously Aztech-like, but I know essentially nothing else about it.

Reveal SC400 ("SoundFX"), rev. 4g:

Type:
FM synthesis
Chipset:
CS4248 (??), OPTi 928, Yamaha OPL3 (??)
CD-ROM:
IDE, proprietary (Sony, Panasonic, Mitsumi)
Street price:
~$70
OS/2 Drivers:
Available
Drivers from:
BBS, http://www.vobis.de/bbs/firmen/reveal, OS/2 ftp: 929_v2.zip or opti928.zip
Comments:
This is based on the OPTi 928 design; see the section on that chipset.

SC500 ("SoundFX Wave"), rev. 1:

Type:
Wavetable
Chipset:
CS4248, OPTi 929, Yamaha OPL3
CD-ROM:
IDE, proprietary (Sony, Panasonic, Mitsumi)
Street price:
~$130 (Now discontinued)
OS/2 Drivers:
Available, but limited
Drivers from:
BBS, http://www.vobis.de/bbs/firmen/reveal, OS/2 ftp: 929_v2.zip or opti928.zip
Comments:
This is an OPTi 929-based board; see that section.

SC500 ("SoundFX Wave"), rev. 3:

Type:
Wavetable
Chipset:
CS9233-CQ, CS4112-CS, CS4232-KO
CD-ROM:
?
Street price:
?
OS/2 Drivers:
Available
Drivers from:
http://www.vobis.de/bbs/firmen/reveal
Comments:
This board uses various Crystal Semiconductor chips, and reportedly works with drivers for same. There are also drivers (possibly the same ones) on the site listed above for Reveal drivers.

SC600 ("SoundFX Wave 32"):

Type:
Wavetable
Chipset:
Ensoniq OTTO
CD-ROM:
?
Street price:
~$200 (Now discontinued)
OS/2 Drivers:
Uses Ensoniq Soundscape drivers (?); available but limited
Drivers from:
ftp.ensoniq.com (?)
Comments:
This board is either a re-badging or a close copy of the Ensoniq Soundscape board.

SC800 ("WAVExtreme"):

Type:
Wavetable
Chipset:
AMD InterWave
CD-ROM:
?
Street price:
~$120
OS/2 Drivers:
Available (US$30 shareware)
Drivers from:
http://www.polsci.wvu.edu/sander, http://www.io.org/~rjm
Comments:
This board is based on the AMD InterWave chipset, and as such will work with Robert Manley's beta-level (as of 11/9/96) 1.20 GUS drivers. The one report I've had on this board under OS/2 indicates that the Manley 1.20 virtual DOS driver (ULTRAVDD.SYS) caused TRAP errors, but that OS/2 sound worked. I've received contradictory reports from two former Reveal employees about SIMM sockets on these boards; one report says that no boards had them, the other says that a few did. For OS/2 use, at present any SC800 without SIMM sockets will not produce MIDI, since the Manley drivers currently require RAM for this function.

Copyright © 1996, 1997, Rod Smith, rodsmith@rodsbooks.com
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