I am starting to not be able to stand or tolerate initializing "pop" sound of my AWE 64 Gold for DOS-based games
For this reason, although I love my AWE 64 in terms of MIDI sound, I am strongly considering swapping it out...I recently bought both Turtle Beach Tropez Classic and Plus sound cards on e-bay, in the hopes that I could avoid this initializing auto-popping noise from occurring...it is ruining the mood of the DOS games!
From what I have heard, all Creative cards basically suffer from this same issue (?). The same thing happened when I bought a used Sound Blaster Pro II a few years ago. Interestingly enough, the startup popping sound of my DOS games *did not* occur with the Aztech Sound Galaxy PNP Sound Blaster clone card that I used, up to a few years ago before replacing it with the AWE 64 Gold. The problem with the Aztech card though was, for certain Gold Box games when using my CM-500 together with the Aztech card, sometimes the games would "lock up" unexpectedly and crash my classic gaming PC completely -- the MIDI sounds in the games would play for up to a certain length, then just freeze, and continue trailing with the music in the background, and crash the computer, requiring a cold reboot. The AWE 64 Gold solved the game crashing problem, but introduced the pop-sound-on-first-load, with my DOS games! Just can't take it anymore though...would love to have a sound card that is free of the starting pops like the Aztech, but also hanging notes bug and crash-free, like the AWE 64 Gold...are there any sound cards that meet that criteria, that anyone knows of? (I am rather hoping that perhaps the Turtle Beach cards may??)