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DOS games' MIDI and certain sound cards in general.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 12:42 am     Post subject: DOS games' MIDI and certain sound cards in general. Reply with quote

I have an Audigy 2, when playing MIDI, I have a choice of selecting MIDI A/B, software synth, and then the Microsoft one. I presume A and B is the midi from the actual hardware, and the software synth is somehow from some kind of software from the card. But what I donít get is the software synth must surely still be coming from the hardware or does the soundcards drivers install some kind of software waveset somewhere?

Anyway, my second question, Iím after more a nice old skool MIDI sound, you know, the general sound you used to get from DOS games when Doom was released, or Duke Nukem, I donít know what it is but although the MIDI back then may have been inferior to todayís cards, they just had a kind of nice sound and Iím looking at ways of getting that sound back if its possible. Would it be best to set my cards MIDI playback to software synth as that feels like it has a slightly more old school sound over the A and B options. Still, the software synth Iím hearing doesnít sound like classic MIDI from years back.

Is there some kind of program out there that allows you to play MIDIS using the sound of older cards such as the sound blaster 16 and other cards from around the early to mid nineties, or should it be a case of actually getting a hold of the old cards themselves, which I probably wonít be able to do.

Basically, I want to hear games like Doom the way they originally were played back in the early 90ís, is there any easy way for this to happen while staying on Windows XP, Thanks for any help.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 2:43 am     Post subject: Reply with quote

Not entirely sure if it's what you're after, but it might be worth giving VDM Sound a shot.
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