This site has been set-up to become a large resource for comparisons between all kinds, brands and types of the so called “wavetable synthesis” cards and modules that were (and are) on the market for music in the DOS gaming era (late 80’s and first half of the 90’s).
The term “wavetable” is in fact misleading as the devices we’re talking about here do not produce their tones by using wavetable synthesis but rather by playing back pre-recorded samples of the various instruments and sounds. A more correct term would be sample-based synthesis or ROMpler, but the word wavetable has been used so widely and intensively for these devices throughout history that everybody knows what it’s about when talking about “wavetable cards/modules/daughterboards”.
The comparison section is divided into several sub categories. Mainly it is, of course, music of various DOS games but also sections exist for other genres of music to more effectively show the strengths and weaknesses of a certain MIDI device.
If you feel there is something missing, like a specific midi track, a MIDI device or even a whole section, just let me know by using the contact form and I will see if it’s possible to implement your suggestion. Also, since it is virtually impossible to own all hardware myself, I have to rely on the kindness and effort of other people to make this site as complete as possible. This applies if you have a certain device that’s not listed here, or a certain device is ‘missing’ in a track as well as when you want to contribute your own recordings to this site.
Please keep in mind though, I can only offer my eternal gratitude. 🙂
Also, I am always looking for more wavetable daughterboards and/or MIDI modules to add to my collection so if you have anything for sale (or know something for sale elsewhere) please don’t hesitate to contact me.