Unofficial Soundbanks for Dreamblaster X2/X3M

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Unofficial Soundbanks for Dreamblaster X2/X3M

Postby Hummtaro » 2019-3-14 @ 15:27

As i got my hands on a DREAM5000 SDK some time ago and recently finished the first usable GM Bank, i decided to publish a bit of my work.

For now there are two banks available:

Roland GM
A 3MB small GM Bank, inspired by Roland's Sound Canvas.
Some recordings are available On Soundcloud

Old Upright Piano
A 55MB big Piano Bank based on not very well balanced Piano samples.
A sample recording is available On Soundcloud

Not that much but maybe soon will follow more.
Suggestions and error reports are welcome!

Are any other guys working on soundbanks for Dreamblaster?
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Re: Unofficial Soundbanks for Dreamblaster X2/X3M

Postby Thermalwrong » 2019-3-14 @ 22:23

Very nice, I really enjoyed the sample piano track, and the roland inspired soundbank sounds very well balanced, I like it :D

I'll have to try them out on mine when I get around to reinstalling it in a PC (or I guess, the X2 can do USB?)
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Re: Unofficial Soundbanks for Dreamblaster X2/X3M

Postby appiah4 » 2019-3-15 @ 04:22

If I had the SDK I would certainly try to convert some SF2 or DLS banks to it; is it a commercial product?

I will try your Roland SB tonight.

I was going to do some comparison videos between my SD-35, GUD and Buran soundbanks anyway, I may as well do one for this as well.

Seeing as it's only 3MB though, your soundcloud recording sounds amazingly good.

Have you used any specific EQ presets for the recordings?
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Re: Unofficial Soundbanks for Dreamblaster X2/X3M

Postby keropi » 2019-3-15 @ 23:48

wow that Roland bank sounds really really good!
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Re: Unofficial Soundbanks for Dreamblaster X2/X3M

Postby Hummtaro » 2019-3-16 @ 21:16

Thanks for your positive feedback! :blush:


appiah4 wrote:If I had the SDK I would certainly tey to convert some SF2 or DLS banks to it; is it a commercial product?

That's exactly what i plan to do! Would you suggest a specific soundfont?
Unfortunately it is commercial and very expensive..

appiah4 wrote:Have you used any specific EQ presets for the recordings?

I removed my preset for recording! I personally prefer a bit more bass and less treble.
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Re: Unofficial Soundbanks for Dreamblaster X2/X3M

Postby appiah4 » 2019-3-17 @ 06:54

Hummtaro wrote:Thanks for your positive feedback! :blush:


appiah4 wrote:If I had the SDK I would certainly tey to convert some SF2 or DLS banks to it; is it a commercial product?

That's exactly what i plan to do! Would you suggest a specific soundfont?
Unfortunately it is commercial and very expensive..

appiah4 wrote:Have you used any specific EQ presets for the recordings?

I removed my preset for recording! I personally prefer a bit more bass and less treble.


Masterpiece.sf2 is the best <28MB SF2 I have tested.
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Re: Unofficial Soundbanks for Dreamblaster X2/X3M

Postby Marmes » 2019-3-17 @ 13:33

This totally changes the game. About X2 card.
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Re: Unofficial Soundbanks for Dreamblaster X2/X3M

Postby dreamblaster » 2019-3-17 @ 20:47

Hummtaro, thanks for posting !!!
The banks sound great !
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Re: Unofficial Soundbanks for Dreamblaster X2/X3M

Postby Thermalwrong » 2019-3-17 @ 23:47

Just tried both soundbanks out on my X2, very nice :D
Playing some doom midis with all the instruments set to pianos sounds excellent, though I had forgotten how long it takes to get a big soundbank loaded up on the X2

It looks like I need to store my Dreamblaster X2 better - it wasn't detecting when I plugged it into USB, which turned out to be D1 got knocked off the board, you can see there's a scratch next to it:

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That was fun to solder its replacement back on (removed one from a dead old laptop board), I'm really glad there were high res pictures online showing the polarity

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Re: Unofficial Soundbanks for Dreamblaster X2/X3M

Postby Hummtaro » 2019-3-19 @ 18:35

appiah4 wrote:Masterpiece.sf2 is the best <28MB SF2 I have tested.

Thanks, i will take a look on this one!

dreamblaster wrote:Hummtaro, thanks for posting !!!
The banks sound great !

Thank you very much master dreamblaster!

Thermalwrong wrote:it wasn't detecting when I plugged it into USB

I strongly recommend not to break your dreamblaster as the user experience could drastically worsen! :dead:
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Re: Unofficial Soundbanks for Dreamblaster X2/X3M

Postby Thermalwrong » 2019-3-20 @ 10:29

It definitely did! It didn't detect via USB at all with that bit missing; definintely a good lesson to take better care of uncased electronics
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