First post, by Strahssis
I have multiple old laptops that do not have a built-in sound card, I have some Compaq Contura's for example. I got MIDI to work in Windows by using a EES PC-MIDI 1/4 parallel interface with a Roland SC-55st, RA-30 and E-66. However, I would like to use MIDI in DOS games as well and with some searching I stumbled on SoftMPU. It says it requires a SoundBlaster sound card in order to work, but I don't understand why. If MIDI can work in Windows independently from a SoundBlaster, then why can't it in DOS?
My question is simple: is there a way to get MIDI to work using SoftMPU or an alternative with a Compaq Contura and if so, how? I prefer to use parallel over serial, because then I can use the E-66 and RA-30 as well instead of the SC-55st only. I do have the serial cable for the SC-55 if that makes any difference for DOS or SoftMPU, but of course I can only use the SC-55st then and not the E-66 or RA-30. Please let me know what I can do and thank you in advance!
All the best,
(The exact models I have planned for SoftMPU is a Compaq Contura 430C, Contura 420CX, Contura Aero 4/25 and an Olivetti Philos 20.)
Mimi: AMD K6-2/266, S3 Trio64, Diamond Monster 3D II, Sound Blaster CT2800, 32MB RAM
Satellite 220CS: Pentium 133, SVGA DSTN, Sound Blaster Pro, 64MB RAM
Contura 420CX: 486DX4 75, VGA TFT, Roland Serial MIDI, 16MB RAM