First post, by MetroidHatchling
I'm pretty new to using external midi devices like the mt-32 and sc-55, I've just used sound cards or pc speaker most of my life. I've been aware of the roland midi synthesizers for quite a while, but never messed with them due to the cost and unfamiliarity. I'm beginning to start a new 486 build and because of how impressed I've been with hearing the difference in sound quality, I recently purchased an mt-32 for it. I've done a lot of reading, spent a few hours on here and watching youtube videos on the subject over the past week, and I would like some clarification on hardware I need to purchase in order to set this up properly.
From what I understand, in order to get the mt-32 to do anything, I need to purchase an mpu-401 unit, and to get that to do anything, I need a midi interface card. But it won't make any sound unless I get an mpu-401 compatible sound card? Is the mpu-401 unit absolutely necessary if I don't want to use emulation like softmpu?
If I acquired an sc-55 further on, would that also require the mpu-401?
Lastly, I know there is no clear best answer for this, but what sound card would you recommend if you were starting a new build from scratch, knowing that it would be intended to be used with an mt-32 and possibly an sc-55. I don't believe I currently own any ISA sound cards so I would really be starting from scratch with this.
I apologize if my questions are super noobish. I just feel I should be certain of what I need before I purchase more hardware, and this has all felt a bit confusing to me.