Back in the day, I never had an MT-32. I've had one for the past few years, however, and been using it through my SB X-Fi in Windows XP/7 via Dosbox and it works great.
However, Dosbox, as great as it is, can't _quite_ capture the glory that a true, original hardware machine can.
So... I have running a P-200, 32 megs ram, 4 gigs HD (2 partitions), a Gravis Joystick (you gotta remember those), a 17 inch CRT w/fresnel lens and... an AWE 32 PNP.
The only thing I don't have running on it is my MT-32. I read somewhere the SB cards have issues with their MIDI out for UART mode which... unfortunately, lots of Sierra games take advantage of to bug the MT-32 into sounding really cool.
So, I'm having a problem. I remember years ago reading the Sierra Newsletter back in 1989 about how the MT-32 plugged in through an MPU-401 card/box. Well, those are quite expensive. Well, not really--I can get a MPU-401 box pretty easy it looks like on Ebay.
But, a box doesn't cut it. You still have to plug the box into the PC, right? I'm not quite sure how that works but I'm assuming you need a midi card to do it, right?
I found something called a Midiman card listed on Ebay once but the dude wanted 250 bucks for it. 250!
This is where I need help. How do I AFFORDABLY interface the MT-32 to the pure DOS machine? I have a young 2 year old daughter that likes to eat... so, spending lots of money really isn't feasible. Anyone have any ideas?
I could settle to keeping my roland hooked up to my windows box but that's no fun.
Thanks for the ideas.