First post, by zorilla
Anybody here remember WinGroove? I made a soundfont that recreates it.
This is the program that introduced me to wavetable MIDI synthesis, and has therefore become etched into my mind as the reference for how MIDI music should sound. Like most PC users in the late 1990s, I was stuck with a Sound Blaster compatible card with OPL synthesis, so this was a huge step up in sound quality. Unforunately, WinGroove was a 16-bit application built for Windows 3.1, and it didn't really see any meaningful updates after 1996. I must have used it in its existing form all the way up to 2010, when I had to upgrade to a 64-bit version of Windows (which dropped 16-bit application support).
I only just got back into MIDI recently, and after discovering CoolSoft VirtualMIDISynth and soundfont editors, I decided to make a WinGroove soundfont so I could enjoy its sound once again:
Download here (v1.2): https://drive.google.com/open?id=1IiJ85BSVqbn … ss4X2W_IESsSh8l
If using CoolSoft VirtualMIDISynth, be sure to enable the setting labelled "Use sinc interpolated sample mixing..." For some reason, this setting is turned off by default. This soundfont uses a lot of samples at reduced sample rates and this greatly improves the quality of their playback.