recommended pc sound card for midi?

recommended pc sound card for midi?

Post by mrdarret » Fri, 30 Sep 2005 03:06:58


Hello all,

I'm trying to find a sound card that has good midi samples. My
computer has on-board audio on the mainboard, but sounds crappy when
playing midi files. (It even has Yamaha XGLite, which surprised me
that it could sound so bad.)

Any suggestions?

I was originally planning to buy a Yamaha keyboard (PSR-275 or
equivalent), and have the computer use the keyboard as an output
device, but then I thought to myself, if I just want the nicer samples
(I already have an older-style midi keyboard), maybe I could save $150
and just get a better sound card...?

Mike
 
 
 

recommended pc sound card for midi?

Post by jungfre » Fri, 30 Sep 2005 05:04:30

The audio output of a sound card or keyboard is only as good as the
amplifiers and speakers they are connected two.

 
 
 

recommended pc sound card for midi?

Post by mrdarret » Fri, 30 Sep 2005 05:11:53

oh, right. yes, my speakers are reasonably good... music (other than
.mid files) sounds pretty good on them. But it sounds like when I play
midi files, the instruments are not mapped to very realistic-sounding
instruments...
 
 
 

recommended pc sound card for midi?

Post by Mark Outra » Fri, 30 Sep 2005 09:30:00

in < XXXX@XXXXX.COM >,
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look on eBay for a Yamaha Waveforce (cheap) or SW1000XG (pricey, nice)
other mfg use XG chips, but you'll have to do some research.
The DD-55 has XG/general midi + a bunch of drum prgs that are unique
 
 
 

recommended pc sound card for midi?

Post by stickyfo » Fri, 30 Sep 2005 09:41:36

I have never heard a sound card that could compare to even a mediocre
external module for overall musical quality of soundfonts/midi/etc. IMO
there is just not a market for a good synth on a sound card, and I
think most manufacturers have this in mind when they spec out their
products. MIDI was something that popped up on PC's when people were no
longer willing to settle for a monophonic internal speaker that could
only do square waves.

HOWEVER... and this probably has something to do with it.. "soft synth"
technology certainly can beat out a lot of synth modules, especially
most of my 80's- and 90's era stuff. There are emulators and new synths
that run entirely in software, and all you really need is a fast cpu
and a plain old audio card. The only limit is the amount of processing
that your computer can handle, and it's a real limitation, but a decent
PIII-class pc should be able to handle an impressive amount of
polyphony and effects.

Check out reason, reaktor, or, uh, can someone name some other good
ones? You could always buy a cheap module like a Yamaha TG500 or a
Roland XV and get some really nice sounds and effects, too.

And if you can't afford a pair of HR824's to put on your computer, like
so many of us, you can always burn straight to disc.
 
 
 

recommended pc sound card for midi?

Post by lavro » Fri, 30 Sep 2005 10:32:39

You might want to consider SYNTHFONT at www.synthfont.com

It produces reasonable quality sound, and its author only asks for a
small contribution.
 
 
 

recommended pc sound card for midi?

Post by Laurence P » Fri, 30 Sep 2005 18:31:40

On 28 Sep 2005 17:41:36 -0700, " XXXX@XXXXX.COM "



What external module plays soundfonts?

CubaseFAQ www.laurencepayne.co.uk/CubaseFAQ.htm
"Possibly the world's least impressive web site": George Perfect
 
 
 

recommended pc sound card for midi?

Post by Virginne » Fri, 30 Sep 2005 20:06:18


| Hello all,
|
| I'm trying to find a sound card that has good midi samples. My
| computer has on-board audio on the mainboard, but sounds crappy when
| playing midi files. (It even has Yamaha XGLite, which surprised me
| that it could sound so bad.)

From Ebay get yourself a Yamaha DB50XG. It's a daughterboard. Mount it on
a soundcard with a "waveblaster" socket, for example a Turtle Beach Montego
or Santa Cruz. A lot of sellers will sell the DB50 on a board. (As I am
right now!).

http://www.yqcomputer.com/

D.