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First post, by Shponglefan

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Thought I'd record and share some comparison recordings of some sound modules I have on hand.

Update (10/23/2016)

New recordings later in this thread:

Doom - Intermission From Doom

Update (10/8/2016)

New recordings posted later in this thread:

Blood - Dark Carnival
Duke Nukem 3D - Stalker

Update (10/7/2016)

Added Kawai Gmega sound recordings to comparisons.

Update (10/3/2016)

New recordings posted later in this thread:

Tyrian - The Level
Master of Magic - Intro Music

Recordings in this post:

Descent - Main Theme

Kawai Gmega (GM mode)
Korg NS5R (GM mode)
Korg Triton Rack (GM mode)
Roland JV-1010 (GM mode)
Roland SC-55
Roland SC-88
Roland XV-5080 (GM mode)
Yamaha MU80 (XG mode)
Yamaha MU2000EX (XG mode)
Yamaha MU2000EX (GS mode)

Just for fun: Korg/Roland/Yamaha Megamix (NS5R/Triton/XV5080/MU2000EX - layered mix of all 4 tracks)

Doom II - Dead Simple

Kawai Gmega (GM mode)
Korg NS5R (GM mode)
Korg Triton Rack (GM mode)
Roland JV-1010 (GM mode)
Roland SC-55
Roland SC-88
Roland XV-5080 (GM mode)
Yamaha MU80 (XG mode)
Yamaha MU2000EX (XG mode)
Yamaha MU2000EX (GS mode)

Command Adventures Starship - Sahara

Kawai Gmega (GM mode)
Korg NS5R (GM mode)
Korg Triton Rack (GM mode)
Roland JV-1010 (GM mode)
Roland SC-55
Roland SC-88
Roland XV-5080 (GM mode)
Yamaha MU80 (XG mode)
Yamaha MU2000EX (XG mode)
Yamaha MU2000EX (GS mode)

Last edited by Shponglefan on 2016-10-24, 01:48. Edited 18 times in total.

MIDI module collection: Edirol SC-D70, SD-90 | Kawai GMega | Korg AG-10, NS5R, Triton Rack | Roland MT-32, CM-32L, CM-64, CM-500, SC-55, SC-88, SC-88 Pro, JV-1010, XV-5080 | Yamaha MU-80, MU-2000EX

Reply 2 of 19, by Shponglefan

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PhilsComputerLab wrote:

Very nice 😀

Thank you! They'll be more to come! 😀

MIDI module collection: Edirol SC-D70, SD-90 | Kawai GMega | Korg AG-10, NS5R, Triton Rack | Roland MT-32, CM-32L, CM-64, CM-500, SC-55, SC-88, SC-88 Pro, JV-1010, XV-5080 | Yamaha MU-80, MU-2000EX

Reply 5 of 19, by DracoNihil

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mrau wrote:

any chance for descent 1 level 2 macintosh edition?

Macintosh Descent uses CD-Audio...

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Reply 6 of 19, by Shponglefan

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boxpressed wrote:

This is great. If you're taking requests, how about Tyrian: The Level?

Can do. Should have it up later tonight.

mrau wrote:

any chance for descent 1 level 2 macintosh edition?

Unfortunately as DracoNihil posted, the Mac version of Descent used recorded audio, not MIDI.

MIDI module collection: Edirol SC-D70, SD-90 | Kawai GMega | Korg AG-10, NS5R, Triton Rack | Roland MT-32, CM-32L, CM-64, CM-500, SC-55, SC-88, SC-88 Pro, JV-1010, XV-5080 | Yamaha MU-80, MU-2000EX

Reply 7 of 19, by PhilsComputerLab

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Interesting, didn't know about the MAC soundtrack. The GOG version includes it as a bonus.

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Reply 8 of 19, by Shponglefan

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New recordings:

Tyrian - The Level

Kawai Gmega(GM mode)
Korg NS5R (GM mode)
Korg Triton Rack (GM mode)
Roland JV-1010 (GM mode)
Roland SC-55
Roland SC-88
Roland XV-5080 (GM mode)
Yamaha MU80 (XG mode)
Yamaha MU2000EX (XG mode)
Yamaha MU2000EX (GS mode)

Master of Magic - Intro Music

Kawai Gmega (GM mode)
Korg NS5R (GM mode)
Korg Triton Rack (GM mode)
Roland JV-1010 (GM mode)
Roland SC-55
Roland SC-88
Roland XV-5080 (GM mode)
Yamaha MU80 (XG mode)
Yamaha MU2000EX (XG mode)
Yamaha MU2000EX (GS mode)

Last edited by Shponglefan on 2016-10-08, 00:40. Edited 2 times in total.

MIDI module collection: Edirol SC-D70, SD-90 | Kawai GMega | Korg AG-10, NS5R, Triton Rack | Roland MT-32, CM-32L, CM-64, CM-500, SC-55, SC-88, SC-88 Pro, JV-1010, XV-5080 | Yamaha MU-80, MU-2000EX

Reply 10 of 19, by Shponglefan

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boxpressed wrote:

Thank you -- those are superb. I find myself liking the Yamaha synths more than the others.

What recording software do you use?

You're very welcome! 😀

For recording, I'm using a program called REAPER. It's a great little DAW that's surprisingly powerful given its inexpensive price.

MIDI module collection: Edirol SC-D70, SD-90 | Kawai GMega | Korg AG-10, NS5R, Triton Rack | Roland MT-32, CM-32L, CM-64, CM-500, SC-55, SC-88, SC-88 Pro, JV-1010, XV-5080 | Yamaha MU-80, MU-2000EX

Reply 11 of 19, by FGB

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Hi,
Thank you! I always appreciate recordings which compare the big three!

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Reply 12 of 19, by Shponglefan

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FGB wrote:

Hi,
Thank you! I always appreciate recordings which compare the big three!

Glad you like them! Should have more soon! 😀

MIDI module collection: Edirol SC-D70, SD-90 | Kawai GMega | Korg AG-10, NS5R, Triton Rack | Roland MT-32, CM-32L, CM-64, CM-500, SC-55, SC-88, SC-88 Pro, JV-1010, XV-5080 | Yamaha MU-80, MU-2000EX

Reply 13 of 19, by Shponglefan

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Just recently took delivery of a Kawai Gmega sound module, so I made some recordings with it and added it to the comparison. It's a bit hit-or-miss, moreso than the other modules I have. Tyrian and Master of Magic sound decent with it. But the Descent theme on the other hand... *shudders*

MIDI module collection: Edirol SC-D70, SD-90 | Kawai GMega | Korg AG-10, NS5R, Triton Rack | Roland MT-32, CM-32L, CM-64, CM-500, SC-55, SC-88, SC-88 Pro, JV-1010, XV-5080 | Yamaha MU-80, MU-2000EX

Reply 14 of 19, by Shponglefan

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New recordings:

Blood - Dark Carnival

Kawai Gmega(GM mode)
Korg NS5R (GM mode)
Korg Triton Rack (GM mode)
Roland JV-1010 (GM mode)
Roland SC-55
Roland SC-88
Roland XV-5080 (GM mode)
Yamaha MU80 (XG mode)
Yamaha MU2000EX (XG mode)
Yamaha MU2000EX (GS mode)

Duke Nukem 3D - Stalker

Kawai Gmega(GM mode)
Korg NS5R (GM mode)
Korg Triton Rack (GM mode)
Roland JV-1010 (GM mode)
Roland SC-55
Roland SC-88
Roland XV-5080 (GM mode)
Yamaha MU80 (XG mode)
Yamaha MU2000EX (XG mode)
Yamaha MU2000EX (GS mode)

MIDI module collection: Edirol SC-D70, SD-90 | Kawai GMega | Korg AG-10, NS5R, Triton Rack | Roland MT-32, CM-32L, CM-64, CM-500, SC-55, SC-88, SC-88 Pro, JV-1010, XV-5080 | Yamaha MU-80, MU-2000EX

Reply 15 of 19, by Shponglefan

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My Roland SC-55 started acting up, so I ended up ordering a new one. Recording in this batch is based off the new SC-55.

New recordings:

Doom - Intermission From Doom

Kawai Gmega(GM mode)
Korg NS5R (GM mode)
Korg Triton Rack (GM mode)
Roland JV-1010 (GM mode)
Roland SC-55
Roland SC-88
Roland XV-5080 (GM mode)
Yamaha MU80 (XG mode)
Yamaha MU2000EX (XG mode)
Yamaha MU2000EX (GS mode)

MIDI module collection: Edirol SC-D70, SD-90 | Kawai GMega | Korg AG-10, NS5R, Triton Rack | Roland MT-32, CM-32L, CM-64, CM-500, SC-55, SC-88, SC-88 Pro, JV-1010, XV-5080 | Yamaha MU-80, MU-2000EX

Reply 18 of 19, by Dimitris1980

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You have done a great job with the recordings. I really like it. All devices are great. I wonder how is the music on sierra on line adventure games that support general midi like Police Quest 4, Gabriel Knight, Space Quest 5 etc. on devices like Korg, Yamaha and Kawai.

Reply 19 of 19, by HandOfFate

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bishopcop wrote on 2020-02-08, 15:09:

The files are archived on wayback machine (archive.org). Just checked a couple and they work.

Here's a link for those who are also on the lookout to buy a module: https://web.archive.org/web/*/http://shpongle … ers.com/audio/*