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ESS1938 PCI Sound card

PCI ESS1938 sound card drivers for windows xp, windows vista, windows 7 and windows 8...

The ESS1938 PCI sound card, also known as the ESS Solo-1, is a 16-bit stereo sound card that was popular in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Here are the typical specifications for this sound card:

Audio Chipset: ESS Solo-1 (ES1938/ES1946)

Interface: PCI (Peripheral Component Interconnect)

Audio Output: Stereo

Analog Audio Ports:

Line Out (for speakers or headphones)
Line In (for external audio sources)
Microphone In (for connecting a microphone)
MIDI/Game Port: Some versions of this card included a game port or MIDI port for connecting game controllers or MIDI devices.

Sound Quality: The ESS1938 provides 16-bit audio playback and recording, which was standard for its time.

Sample Rates: Programmable sample rates from 6 kHz to 48 kHz.

Full-Duplex Operation: It supports full-duplex operation, allowing for simultaneous recording and playback.

3-D Audio Effects Processor: Integrated Spatializer® 3-D audio effects processor for enhanced audio experiences.

Polyphony: 32 polyphony software wavetable synthesis for MIDI and audio playback.

MPU-401 Interface: MPU-401 (UART mode) interface for wavetable synthesizers and MIDI devices.

Game Ports: Integrated dual game ports for connecting game controllers.

Mono Inputs and Outputs: Separate mono input (MONO_IN) and mono output (MONO_OUT) for features like speakerphone functionality.

Audio Mixer: 7-channel mixer with stereo inputs for line, CD audio, auxiliary line, music synthesizer, digital audio (wave files), and mono inputs for a microphone and speakerphone.

Volume Control: Programmable 6-bit logarithmic master volume control.

Power Management: Advanced power management that meets APM 1.2, ACPI 1.0, and PPMI 1.0 standards.

Compatibility: The ESS1938 PCI sound card is compatible with Windows 95/98/ME/XP and Linux. It is designed for use with older operating systems.


High-quality audio playback and recording for its time.
Programmable sample rates.
Full-duplex operation.
Integrated Spatializer® 3-D audio effects processor.
MPU-401 interface for MIDI.
Integrated dual game ports.
Separate mono inputs and outputs for versatile functionality.
Power management features.


Not compatible with newer operating systems like Windows 10.
Limited driver support for modern systems and applications.
May require additional drivers to be installed.
Older technology compared to modern sound cards.
Please note that this sound card is quite outdated and may not be suitable for use with contemporary computers and software. If you are using a modern computer, it's advisable to consider a more up-to-date sound card with better compatibility and features.

Size: 7.07 MB