Workstation Player provides a sound device compatible with the Sound Blaster AudioPCI and supports sound in Windows and Linux guest operating systems. The Workstation Player sound device is enabled by default.
Sound support includes pulse code modulation (PCM) output and input. For example, you can play
.wav files, MP3 audio, and Real Media audio. MIDI output from Windows guests is supported through the Windows software synthesizer. MIDI input is not supported, and no MIDI support is available for Linux guests.
Windows and most recent Linux distributions detect the sound device and install appropriate drivers for it.
A sound driver is installed when you install VMware Tools in a 64-bit Windows Vista or Windows 7 guest operating system. For 32-bit Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 2003 Server, and Windows Server 2008 guests, you must use Windows Update to install a 32-bit driver.