too long ago computer audio was just a second thought in most
gamers' minds. Creative's Sound Blaster Pro was the only sound
card; you just didn't use anything else. Around the time of
Aureal's release of their Vortex 3D positional audio, the gamer
has had many more choices, and the sound revolution began. 3D
positional audio is a must. Enter the Guillemot
Maxi Gamer FORTISSIMO.
the past few months Creative's Sound Blaster Live! Series, and
Aureal's Vortex 2 based cards have been in the spotlight as
the prime 3D audio cards. Guillemot has been making sound cards
for quite some time now, their newest the Maxi Sound FORTISSIMO.
Based on the Yamaha YMF744 audio processor this sound card touts
the ability to do both EAX and A3D 1.0, on top of Direct sound
3D, and Sensaura 3D positional audio. All this and a price of
only $49.99, the FORTISSIMO is set to be a very competitive
has made it a well-known fact that the FORTISSIMO is the first
sound card on the market to accelerate DirectMusic through hardware.
DirectMusic is, as you can probably guess, a part of Microsoft's
Direct X API. To make a long story short, DirectMusic works
with message-based musical data, which is converted into wave
samples, either in hardware or in a software synthesizer, in
this case, through hardware.