Thanks for the info, folks
I'm thinking that most people are thinking of either the 8MBGM.sf2 or the 8MBGMSFX.sf2.
swaaye wrote:So this must be quite different than the ubiquitous 8mbgmsfx.sf2, if it exists. I haven't heard of it before.
Yeah, the 8MBGMSFX.sf2 has a custom percussion preset that is a sound effects bank (percussive preset #56, Bank 000), similar to GS. The MT-32 soundfonts have a melodic MT-32 compatable instrument mapping, and all of the MT-32 presets are set for Bank 127.
HunterZ wrote:My real SC-88 also has an MT-32 mode (actually it's a CM-32 or CM-64 or something mode) that, as with the SF2 files, only had the default MT-32 patch set and cannot accept custom MT-32 parameters via SysEx.
IIRC your SC-88 works similarly. When set for MT-32 mode, all MIDI playback is sent to Bank 127 (the MT-32 instrument mapping). Similar things also work for an SBLive (with a soundfont loaded that includes an MT-32 patch set on Bank 127), as well as most of the Yamaha XG synths (including the S-YXG50 softsynth).
leileilol wrote:Doesn't the SB Live 5.1 ship with that one on the disc? I'd have to check
Lemme know if you find one on the CD... I'd be REAL interested in it
The quality would be a bit better than the 4GMGSMT.sf2 soundfont.
HunterZ wrote:Considering that the MT-32 ROM is only like 128KB, I doubt that the 8MB SF2 would have any difference in the MT-32 bank samples compared to the 2MB and 4MB SF2s.
With the 2GMGSMT.sf2 and 4GMGSMT.sf2 they don't use custom samples for the MT-32 instruments, but rather simply remap exisitng GM ones contained in the soundfonts to match the proper ones for MT-32 playback. That's why I'm thinking that the 8GMGSMT.sf2 (if there is such a beast) would prolly sound better
To me, the 4GMGSMT.sf2 sounds quite a bit better than the 2GMGSMT.sf2 version.
Handy-dandy MIDI file attached that "kicks" any compatable hardware into MT-32 emulation mode. Note that this is for any harware, soundfonts, newer XG hardware (and even the S-YXG50 sogtsynth), that has an MT-32/CM-32/CM-64 patch map on Bank 127