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1  GENERAL DISCUSSION / Everything Sierra / Re: Midi Support on Non-PC Platforms on: August 25, 2008, 08:40:05 PM
but hey, what do you expect from a conversion from 256 color vga to 32 colors?


Well, maybe this. Or this.

Of course, not all developers were comfortable (read: talented) with working in 32 colours.
2  MUSIC & SOUND CARDS / Roland MT-32 Sound Module / Re: CM-32P/64 PCM Cards on: July 11, 2008, 03:40:07 PM
By the way, could you direct me to midi files that were composed for the CM-64?


Hoot Archive

For info: since the CM-500 doesn't have any card slot, Roland decided to populate the patches 65-128 with a nice assortment of samples taken from the U110 cards. Obviously, this "best of" map is unfortunately not compatible with Gemini Wings.
3  QUEST STUDIOS INFORMATION AND SUPPORT / News & Information / Re: Unbelievable! on: October 17, 2007, 04:21:12 PM
Inconceivable!
4  MUSIC & SOUND CARDS / Roland MT-32 Sound Module / Re: PCM cards for MT-32? HUH? on: September 12, 2007, 10:37:07 PM
Cool... A MT-32 HuCard for the PC Engine Cheesy

5  MUSIC & SOUND CARDS / Roland MT-32 Sound Module / Re: Trouble with Audio Out from MT-32 on: August 14, 2007, 04:23:25 PM
There are some slight differences in the audio and I was just curious as to why.

Different arrangements.

Some of the digital soundtracks have MT-32 instruments replaced with GM/GS/XG counterparts.
6  GENERAL DISCUSSION / Anything & Everything / Re: Need help getting Croc:Legend of the Gobbos to run under XP. on: July 17, 2007, 07:17:52 PM
I don't think so, it runs out of the box for me without compatibility mode. I'm using the standard OpenGlide settings. My sound card is a good old Live Value with the latest Creative drivers.
7  GENERAL DISCUSSION / Anything & Everything / Re: Need help getting Croc:Legend of the Gobbos to run under XP. on: July 16, 2007, 04:52:40 PM
You should try a Glide wrapper. No problem here with OpenGlide or psVoodoo.
8  MUSIC & SOUND CARDS / Miscellaneous MIDI & Sound Cards / Re: AdLib Gold MP3 Demonstration (Dune) on: July 04, 2007, 09:49:32 PM
Splendid. Me thank you long time.

Here's the correct tracklist according to the OST:

Code:
Sietch [Sietchm]
Spice Opera [Wormsuit]
Water [Water]
Free Men [Bagdad]
Wake Up [Sekence]
Chani's Eyes [Morning]
Sign of the Worm [Wormintr]
Too [Warsong]
Dune (Variation) [Arrakis]

Note: oddly enough, the Gold versions of Spice Opera and Dune (Variation) are shorter than the AdLib originals. Same thing with the MT-32 and Mega CD transcriptions. Spice Opera in particular should be almost twice longer...
9  GENERAL DISCUSSION / Anything & Everything / Re: Contribute to SMC's survey (74 min or 80 min, MP3 or Ogg, etc.) on: June 22, 2007, 02:24:07 PM
If you wish to limit your audience to idealistic format evangelists, that's your choice.  School or work computers may indeed be singularities as suggested; iPods and car stereos are not.

As I said, there are plenty alternatives to iPod and MP3-limited players. If you want to stick with MP3 because it's the only format supported by your iPod, that's your choice. Alistair asked for personal preferences. I'm giving mine. If there's no discussion possible, then I don't see the point of this thread.
10  GENERAL DISCUSSION / Anything & Everything / Re: Contribute to SMC's survey (74 min or 80 min, MP3 or Ogg, etc.) on: June 21, 2007, 07:58:30 AM
Ah, you can accept many things in the name of ubiquity.

I've been a strong advocate of Vorbis since its inception and nowadays I almost never deal with MP3 anymore. When I occasionally release audio files, I actually don't care about which format people prefer or can read on their systems. Vorbis is my format of choice, you can read it easily on any system without much effort. I listen to music at home, not at work where I can hardly slack off. In the grand scheme of things, I consider school computers and iPods as singularities which are not mine to resolve.

And soon enough, you can bet your iPod will only accept encrypted MP4. Besides, there are many alternative players which support different formats, including Vorbis.
11  GENERAL COMPUTER DISCUSSION / Computer Hardware/Software Q&A / Re: Commodore 64 - Third time's a charm? on: June 14, 2007, 09:03:12 PM
I was more of a Specchum than a C64 fanboy, but I spent quite some time on the Commodore of a friend. Say what you want about technical specs, but in the end there's a reason why some machines were more popular in some places than in others, and it didn't have much to do with distribution. CPC and ST were popular in France because many French developers had decided that they were the best machines to develop for. Amiga and C64 were more popular in Germany, MSX in Holland and Spain, Spectrum in the UK...

About the Atari XL (developed by Jay "Amiga" Miner in 1979), it's a shame that it didn't get more attention because it was technically at least as powerful as the C64 in every department, while being five years ahead of the competition. For some reason it went completely underestimated. Nowadays, you can even play SID tunes on the Pokey sound chip, and some terrific homebrew conversions really show the potential of the ill-fated system.

Now that's retrogaming nostalgia :)
12  MUSIC & SOUND CARDS / Miscellaneous MIDI & Sound Cards / Re: Question on proper care for Roland CM-series synths? on: April 29, 2007, 03:49:16 PM
Cigarette smoke is probably the worst offender. We have an old stain remover product in France called Eau Écarlate ("scarlet water") which does wonders at revigorating the original colours of plastic cases.
13  GENERAL DISCUSSION / Everything Sierra / Re: SCI Resource Viewer on: April 07, 2007, 05:55:06 PM
Most likely. In DOSBox, the game appears to load something to the synth before any music starts. The SysEx should be rather small, since the upload doesn't last more than two seconds.
14  GENERAL DISCUSSION / Everything Sierra / Re: SCI Resource Viewer on: April 07, 2007, 12:06:41 PM
it might be that your CM-500 has another sound bank already loaded

Ah, but that would have been way too easy :)

I have a habit of resetting the synth every time I run a different game or listen to a different soundtrack. I've rechecked many times and LSL2 sounds wrong with the default setup. But if I load the SysEx from Quest Studios beforehand, SCI Viewer plays the tunes as intended. The game does work correctly in DOSBox, so I'm at a loss as to why instruments are wrong with SCI Viewer.
15  GENERAL DISCUSSION / Everything Sierra / Re: SCI Resource Viewer on: April 07, 2007, 08:23:29 AM
Codename: Iceman works great (thought I'd mention it since it's not listed in the supported games), however I'm having problems with KQ4 and LSL2. MT-32 sounds weird in both games on my CM-500.

The first one is no surprise I suppose, since AdLib channels are activated but SCI Viewer doesn't allow to toggle them off (checkboxes are greyed out). In Larry, the problem is different. Some instruments sound all wrong (or don't sound at all), unless I manually upload the SysEx provided by Quest Studios with the title song ("For Your Thighs Only"). SCI Viewer doesn't detect any patch in my installed game.
16  GENERAL DISCUSSION / Everything Sierra / Re: SCI Resource Viewer on: April 06, 2007, 04:23:16 PM
SCUMMRev for Sierra games! I'm shocked. MIDI support is fantastic.

Best April's Fool in years :)
17  MUSIC & SOUND CARDS / Roland MT-32 Sound Module / Re: Newbie advice, pls on: January 31, 2007, 10:20:09 PM
On some cheap systems, the line-in and mono mic are merged into one socket (especially true for notebooks). Most of the time, the sound mixing is rather bad if not downright distorded. Check again that you have a dedicated line-in (black) socket, which should yield better results.
18  MUSIC & SOUND CARDS / Roland MT-32 Sound Module / Re: Newbie advice, pls on: January 29, 2007, 10:32:30 PM
The USB to MIDI cable/interface that you bought should do the trick, but remember that it only serves one purpose: it allows your PC to send messages to your synth and tell it what to play. But there is no actual sound that gets transmitted over the USB cable from or to your synth.

In order to hear the sound produced by your synth, you need to connect the MT-32 to an external amplifier with a stereo RCA (cinch) audio cable. You can either plug it to your hifi setup, or better, to the line-in socket of your audio card -- in which case, you'll also need a RCA-to-minijack (Y-cable) adapter.
19  MUSIC & SOUND CARDS / Miscellaneous MIDI & Sound Cards / Re: AdLib Gold MP3 Demonstration (Dune) on: January 25, 2007, 05:07:06 PM
Sign of the Worm is an awesome tune.

I often regret that Stéphane lost interest in video game music and migrated over to Madagascar eight years ago. He was a pioneer and a milestone in Western VGM. In France where he still has a strong cult-following, he was the first VGM composer to get his name renowned outside the circles of the video game industry. Somewhere after the Cryo take-over by Virgin, he grew increasingly tired of this very same industry that he felt was evolving in a twisted direction.
20  MUSIC & SOUND CARDS / Roland MT-32 Sound Module / Re: MT-32 Demo Songs on: January 20, 2007, 05:03:56 AM
Are those demo songs available somewhere in MIDI form? I have a CM-500.
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