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First post, by Lupinzar

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I've gotten back into retro computing this year and I recently picked up a Yamaha MU80, as I could never afford an external MIDI device when they were relevant. I have a collection of various MIDI and MIDI-like (XMI, MUS) files I'd like to play on it but I'm having trouble figuring out the best software to use for this. I tested the unit with a USB MIDI cable and a copy of MidiEditor on a Windows 10 machine. This setup seems to have trouble properly playing XG MIDI and even some GM/GS stuff, and I can't play XMI or MUS at all. I've found several modern programs or plugins, but they all seem to rely on emulation or soundfonts and do not support an external device.

Can anyone recommend a good player that can handle a wide range of MIDI formats with native output, or am I looking at having to build a collection of programs and tools? I'm not married to using a modern version of Windows, so modern or retro solutions are both welcome.

Reply 1 of 6, by Discrete_BOB_058

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Lupinzar wrote on 2020-09-25, 19:04:

I've gotten back into retro computing this year and I recently picked up a Yamaha MU80, as I could never afford an external MIDI device when they were relevant. I have a collection of various MIDI and MIDI-like (XMI, MUS) files I'd like to play on it but I'm having trouble figuring out the best software to use for this. I tested the unit with a USB MIDI cable and a copy of MidiEditor on a Windows 10 machine. This setup seems to have trouble properly playing XG MIDI and even some GM/GS stuff, and I can't play XMI or MUS at all. I've found several modern programs or plugins, but they all seem to rely on emulation or soundfonts and do not support an external device.

Can anyone recommend a good player that can handle a wide range of MIDI formats with native output, or am I looking at having to build a collection of programs and tools? I'm not married to using a modern version of Windows, so modern or retro solutions are both welcome.

Well for any MIDI file, I am Okay with VLC and WMP.

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Reply 2 of 6, by Davros

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Try adding midi mapper back to windows + select your midi device as output
http://coolsoft.altervista.org/en/midimapper
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2oVkOOlezk
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Reply 3 of 6, by cyclone3d

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Exactly what usb-midi adapter are you using? Those super cheap Chinese ones don't work worth a flip.

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Reply 5 of 6, by quovadis11

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surprisingly, DOSBOX gives some options with MIDI playing 😀
well, do you have some proper external cable?
many of cheap USB cable from chinese is really crap or garbage.
YAMAHA UX16 works perfectly but hard to find proper price in these days. 🙁

Reply 6 of 6, by darry

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quovadis11 wrote on 2020-10-05, 12:40:
surprisingly, DOSBOX gives some options with MIDI playing :) well, do you have some proper external cable? many of cheap USB ca […]
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surprisingly, DOSBOX gives some options with MIDI playing 😀
well, do you have some proper external cable?
many of cheap USB cable from chinese is really crap or garbage.
YAMAHA UX16 works perfectly but hard to find proper price in these days. 🙁

The M-Audio Midisport Uno is a relatively affordable and, AFAIK reliable, option .

EDIT : Another option is the Roland UM-ONE mk2 . Both of these cost under 40 CAN$ brand new in my neck of the woods, either through Amazon or my usual brick and mortar shop .