Lemo wrote:ow okay ^^, for some reason that XMPlay MIDI Plugin page on your website made me feel like you were the author or something
Nope, I'm not the author... although, with the way that I plug this thing you'ld think that I was LOL! Hehe, a short story (or maybe a longish one <grin>):
I've been a *MAJOR* fan of XMPlay for as long as I can remember, and a fan of the XMPlay MIDI Plugin since it's first incarnation several years back. The reason?
Simply because I **ALWAYS** wished that folks could get a rough recreation of my music on their PCs (which was either OPL2/3 FM synth, or Microsoft GS SW Synth based) the way that *I* heard it... back in the day, with several AWE32s, custom and retail SoundFonts; and today with my Sound Blaster Live and the same said SoundFonts.
The first incarnation of the XMPlay MIDI Plugin pretty much solved this! If they had the same SoundFont that I was using, they could have a fair recreation of my music the way that *I* heard it, and the way that it was _intended_ to be heard
Now, bear in mind, software MIDI synthesis will NEVER sound quite like hardware MIDI synthesis (e.g. EMU based hardware), but the XMPlay MIDI Plugin was definitely a close second
Anyhow, I had always been nagging Ian Luck (the single-man show of Un4seen Developments, that author of XMPlay/XMPlay MIDI Plugin, as well as the BASS and BASSMIDI Audio Libraries) that he should create a "global" Windows driver based upon the XMPlay MIDI Plugin. His response was to find someone to code it using his BASS and BASSMIDI Audio Libraries.
...and Mudlord and Kode54 did just that. Hehe, I went *NUTZ* when I first heard about their BASSMIDI Driver, and I probably "advertised" all over the Internet *WAY* more than they had wished for LOL!
I mean, folks can now finally play "Eternal DOOM"; circa 1996-1997; ( http://www.teamtnt.com/ixet.htm
) under DOSBox or using ZDOOM; and along with my own custom SoundFont, hear my Eternal DOOM MIDI soundtrack ( http://www.simpilot.net/~richnagel/#ete ... soundtrack
) that way that it SHOULD be heard <grin>
Lemo wrote:hum I may actually give that a lil try, coz I often get those strange sounds at startup
Yeah, Mudlord and Kode54 fixed it with the new version 2.0. But like I said, you'll have some latency (probably wouldn't work as well with Synthesia now).
The thing is, I noticed that with that older verison 1.06 (at least on my PC); that once the BASSMIDI Driver "kicked in" (after two or three seconds), the sound would be just fine then. It then would sound fine for anything else that I listened to within that "session", until the driver was released (i.e. when you close down an application that is using it, such as Synthesia, or the Windows Media Player).
So (for me at least), it wasn't a big deal... e.g. run DOOM (or my MIDI sequencer), first few seconds are weird, then it sound fine for the rest of the session.
BTW, check the update to my main XMPlay/MIDI Plugin/BASSMIDI Driver "advertisment" page here -> http://www.cmoo.com/snor/weeds/SoundFon ... creenshots
. More specifically, the BASSMIDI Driver latency pics; as the two pics compare the latency of v1.06 and v2.0 of the driver.