What do you mean, giving up? Well I’ve been trying to buy one, and I’ve lost every auction. So I figured I’d check up the emulation scene and see what is up. Then I heard this video:
And this one.
Or at least to my ears, MUNT, sounds the same as the real thing!
So, how to use the thing? Well in Windows Vista onward (8/8.1/10..) Microsoft decided to hide the MIDI selection tools, making this a mission to see what mapper you are using. But using DOSBox it’s easy to see which is which. In DOSBox run:
0 “CoolSoft VirtualMIDISynth”
1 “Microsoft GS Wavetable Synth”
2 “MT-32 Synth Emulator”
In this case the MT-32 emulator is #2 on my system. Then to select this device, just type in:
And you are in business! Fire up the UI and you’ll see:
Then configure your application for ‘general MIDI’ on port 0x330, and you should be good to go!
And, how does it sound?
It’s impressive when you put them next to say the Adlib.
So maybe it was a good thing I kept on losing the auctions… But it’d still be neat to drive a real MIDI peripheral on a modern machine. Maybe I’ll win, one day.