Soundblaster was an AWEful soundcard. Only by buying technology (Ensoniq) they got to a decent soundcard. The AWE, flawed with compatibility errors for some games (but not for Doom, the 3D sound was frightfully real. Several times I had to pick up my bouncing heart 2 blocks away), was supported by FT2 (music tracker software) and had hardware equalizers. It however still was overpriced and Soundblaster opposed custom drivers eventhough they did not want to write their own. They were succesful however, and got more props than better cards: Tutlebeach, Gravis, Terratec, etc.Props to the ones who get it despite my ASCII art skills.