Re: sound card??

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Posted by victor on November 29, 2003 at 22:54:14:

In Reply to: Re: sound card?? posted by FunkyG on April 05, 2003 at 18:52:56:

: If you have any Creative card and you want good-sounding MIDI, you need to try using soundfonts. -A soundfont is something like a MIDI bank, but Emu chips have drivers that make soundfont banks RAM-resident, so there's no lag while playing, even live (you can use a soft-synth to play soundfonts, but it lags poorly, especially played live. A $30 SBL can play 150 megs of soundfonts with NO lag) --- Soundfonts you can download for free from the Sound Site and other places. To use soundfonts, you need to detach the regular soundfont bank used (the "soundfont" icon in AudioHQ) and switch to another soundfont bank--any will work, but you want another GM-bank for regular use. For instance, a SBLive 5.1 installs three different generel-MIDI soundfont banks by default, a 2-, 4- and 8-meg. The 2-meg is crap, the 4-meg is the default and the 8-meg sounds far better than the 4, but there are GM banks that run over 50 megs. There are piano sounfonts that are over 75 megs, for just a single instrument. Many of these use real actual recordings from real instruments, so there's essentially no synthesis involved at all. .... Some software also supports soundfonts just like MIDI banks and patches, so you can sequence bank and patch switches inside songs. Cakewalk software is one that does and there are others but I forget which others do.
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