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In addition to a CD-ROM drive, each workstation is equipped with a 16-bit
digital audio soundcard. These soundcards are used for playback of short
sound effects, such as thunder claps, voice-overs, toilet flushes, etc. Short
shouldn't be taken too literally here, as full CD quality clips of any length
will work fine, they just use up inordinate amounts of disk space.
Like the CD-ROMs, the current implementation uses two sound cards. This allows
for the simultaneous playback of two stereo CD quality sound effects. Again,
the software fully supports an unlimited number of cards (thus an unlimited
number of simultaneous effects), but physical limitations are such that
only one or two sound cards may be run per computer, so additional computing
resources must increase as the number of simultaneous sound effects increase.
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