Question re Microsoft GS Software Wavetable SW Synth
Hi! I just started using Music Creator 2003. I am trying to convert a MIDI file to a wav file. I have installed MC under Windows 2003 on a machine using a SB Live! sound card. When I play the MIDI file using Netscape WinAmp, it sounds the way I want it to sound. When I play the MIDI file within MC, the file sounds somewhat distorted.
Under Sounds and Audio Device Properties in Control Panel, I have set up the default device for MIDI music playback as "Microsoft GS Wavetable SW Synth". When I click on the "About..." button beneath the Default Device field, a window appears saying "Microsoft Software Wavetable Synthesizer Featuring Roland Sound Canvas digital samples". It also says "Sound Canvas Sample Set Roland GM/GS(R) Sound Set Copyright 1996 Roland Corporation U.S.". Further down on the screen it says "The current Audio output device for this software synthesizer is SB Live! Wave device."
If I open the MIDI file within Music Creator and try to play it, the playback sounds somewhat distorted. Checking the MIDI devices, I have "SB Live! MIDI UART" highlighted as my MIDI input, and "SB Live! MIDI Synth" and "SB Live! MIDI UART" both highlighted as MIDI outputs. "Microsoft MIDI Mapper" also exists in the MIDI Output list but it is not highlighted. Checking the instrument mapping, all the channels are mapped to "<Default>." My other options include "General MIDI", "General MIDI drums", "Generic (Patches 0..127)", "Generic (Patches 1..128)", "Roland GS", "Roland GS drumsets", "Soundfont Device", "Yamaha XG", and "Yamaha XG Drums".
I tried mapping the channels to each of the "General MIDI", the "Roland GS", and the "Yamaha XG" options, but the output sound each time just was not the same as from the WinAmp application.
Am I overlooking something simple? Do I need to set up a soft synth? Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated!