Roland MT-32 CM-32L and General MIDI for $50
Roland MT-32, CM-32L and General MIDI for $50!
Apologies, for the catchy title. I just wanted to grab you attention because I am very excited about this project. I am showing how to build a MIDI box for your Retro Gaming PC that will substitute Roland MT-32, CM-32L and General MIDI.
Please note that a space notebook or desktop is required, but it doesn't have to be very fast. I'm using a 1.7 GHz Celeron notebook.
The main ingredient of this MIDI Box is the Roland UM-ONE mk2 USB MIDI adapter, which you have to purchase for around $50.
The video shows you everything you need to build such a MIDI box and is full of demonstration recordings, showing you how cool some of these old games can sound. General MIDI is very flexible as you can load whatever soundfont you like.
Link to SoftMPU: http://bjt42.github.io/softmpu/
Link to Munt: http://sourceforge.net/projects/munt/
Link to BASSMIDI: https://kode54.net/bassmididrv/bassmididrv.exe
Link to soundfonts: http://www.philscomputerlab.com/general-midi-and-soundfonts.html
Link to more soundfonts: http://coolsoft.altervista.org/en/virtualmidisynth#soundfonts
Specifications of Retro Gaming PC:
AMD K6-III+ running at 133 MHz
CPU Cache disabled for Monkey Island 2, Space Quest III, Elite, Ultima Underworld and Gods
CPU Cache enabled for Doom, Descent and Raptor
64 MB PC100 SDRAM
3dfx Voodoo3 3500
2 GB CF card
GOTEK floppy emulator
Specifications of notebook:
Intel Celeron B820
8 GB RAM
120 GB SSD