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.
Instead of having to buy this:
You can build something like this:
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. I've tried a cheap one from eBay, but sometimes instruments sound wrong. So here it pays to invest a little bit more. Other branded products should also work, but I have only tested it with the Roland UM-ONE mk2.
The video shows step-by-step instructions of how to build your MIDI Box, and how to set it up for MT-32, CM-32L and General MIDI operation. Recordings of Monkey Island 2, Space Quest III, Ultima Underworld,
ISA soundcard with MPU401 MIDI interface (UART mode, use SoftMPU for intelligent mode) and line-in MIDI cable for you soundcard MIDI joiner if necessary (female on both ends) Roland UM-ONE mk2 USB MIDI interface Spare desktop PC or notebook Audio cable (headphone jack to headphone jack)
SoftMPU Munt MT-32 and CM-32L ROM files BASSMIDI Soundfonts MIDI-OX
Specifications of Retro Gaming PC used in the video: