After toying around with the card for the past week, I've
summed up the impression of my first encounter with a Vortex 2 card.
Nope, this is just supposed
to be that no-frills card they promised. At S$155, this is the lowest priced Vortex2 card
you will find (though it is hard to pass the S$157 MX300). There's not much of a bundle to
Jet-Audio is a fine piece of software
that will allow you to play a large variety of file formats, MID, WAV, MP3, RA, and more.
It can double up as your VCD and CD player. Throw anything at it.
Then there is Yamaha XG SoftSynth, a high
quality MIDI synthesizer which, while eating up CPU cycles, will deliver you rich MIDI
voices. The other tool worth mentioning is Yamaha XG Studio - an application that allows
MIDI enthusiasts to create new instruments. This sums up the useful stuff. You wouldn't
miss a great deal not installing the other trialwares. What's next?
The game demos are worse. Not only are
they demos, they are really dated demos and I don't understand why they are found on the
disc at all. Nobody will want them.
The casual user who needs an
advice from the manuals or installation guide will find out that the box shipped with a
short, but sufficient, 'CD-sleeve' install guide. If you ever require more documentation
or help, the manual is found on the CD.