Buran X3M : General MIDI Space Race

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Re: General MIDI Space Race -- Project X3M Polaris

Postby dreamblaster » 2018-7-06 @ 20:08

and optional tail :-)
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Re: General MIDI Space Race -- Project X3M Polaris

Postby appiah4 » 2018-7-06 @ 23:50

Oh yeah my X3M is ready!
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Re: General MIDI Space Race -- Project X3M Polaris

Postby gdjacobs » 2018-7-07 @ 00:57

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Re: General MIDI Space Race -- Project X3M Polaris

Postby dreamblaster » 2018-7-07 @ 05:18

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Re: General MIDI Space Race -- Project X3M Polaris

Postby dreamblaster » 2018-7-13 @ 19:00

Buran front view
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Buran side
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X3M side
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Buran powered, some green LED glow at the boosters
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Re: General MIDI Space Race -- Project X3M Polaris

Postby keropi » 2018-7-13 @ 19:43

looks really nice, better than the original IMHO
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Re: General MIDI Space Race -- Project X3M Polaris

Postby dreamblaster » 2018-7-13 @ 20:12

oh, and it is 'brick' compatible :-)
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Re: General MIDI Space Race -- Project X3M Polaris

Postby dreamblaster » 2018-9-29 @ 11:29

nearing launch date !!
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Re: General MIDI Space Race -- Project X3M Polaris

Postby dreamblaster » 2018-9-30 @ 15:05

Anyone knows a large Russian youtuber that does midi or dos stuff ?
I hope to promote the Buran launch a bit...
The launch is on november 15th !! exact 30 years anniversary of the buran flight !
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Re: General MIDI Space Race -- Project X3M Polaris

Postby appiah4 » 2018-10-01 @ 22:27

Well, in celebration of X3M Buran's launch, enjoy some X3M GUD recordings.

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Re: General MIDI Space Race -- Project X3M Polaris

Postby dreamblaster » 2018-10-13 @ 16:06

a beta version of the Buran 0.9 GM bank is now available at http://serdaco.com/downloads/?dir=X2/X2 ... k/GM/BURAN
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Re: General MIDI Space Race -- Project X3M Polaris

Postby dreamblaster » 2018-10-13 @ 16:52

also created a hackaday page for it now : https://hackaday.io/project/161817-bura ... ynthesizer
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Re: General MIDI Space Race -- Project X3M Polaris

Postby moturimi1 » 2018-10-13 @ 17:55

dreamblaster wrote:a beta version of the Buran 0.9 GM bank is now available at http://serdaco.com/downloads/?dir=X2/X2 ... k/GM/BURAN


Thanks again for improving the Sound bank.
I tested the Buran 0.9 bank with the Intro of Dark Forces. Unfortunately I recognized a problem with the "synth brass 1". It sounds off maybe due to a too high volume.
Maybe you can improve it for the final release.
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X3M Buran : General MIDI Space Race

Postby dreamblaster » 2018-10-13 @ 20:00

moturimi1 wrote:
dreamblaster wrote:a beta version of the Buran 0.9 GM bank is now available at http://serdaco.com/downloads/?dir=X2/X2 ... k/GM/BURAN


Thanks again for improving the Sound bank.
I tested the Buran 0.9 bank with the Intro of Dark Forces. Unfortunately I recognized a problem with the "synth brass 1". It sounds off maybe due to a too high volume.
Maybe you can inprove it for the final release.


Thanks for testing, your feedback is very welcome
Is it a clipping problem you experience ?

synth brass 1 is indeed one of the new instruments, this was newly synthesized.
As you may know the preset determines the amplifier gain and equalizer settings.
Are you testing on an X2 with the default preset ?
Please let me know.
I will test in exactly the same setup, find a solution, and will report back ASAP
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Re: X3M Buran : General MIDI Space Race

Postby moturimi1 » 2018-10-14 @ 11:56

dreamblaster wrote:Thanks for testing, your feedback is very welcome
Is it a clipping problem you experience ?

Are you testing on an X2 with the default preset ?
I will test in exactly the same setup, find a solution, and will report back ASAP


The volume seems to be wrong, no issues with clipping as far as I can say.
For the test I had to load a equalizer preset with less effects (Serdaco_LessIsMore) as my previous setting had too much chorus and reverb with the new soundbank.

Maybe you can tell us which instruments you changed so we can check the performance of these in some midi arrangements.
I reflashed the GUD 1.04 soundbank and I will stay with it for the moment.
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Re: X3M Buran : General MIDI Space Race

Postby dreamblaster » 2018-10-14 @ 12:52

moturimi1 wrote:
dreamblaster wrote:Thanks for testing, your feedback is very welcome
Is it a clipping problem you experience ?

Are you testing on an X2 with the default preset ?
I will test in exactly the same setup, find a solution, and will report back ASAP


The volume seems to be wrong, no issues with clipping as far as I can say.
For the test I had to load a equalizer preset with less effects (Serdaco_LessIsMore) as my previous setting had too much chorus and reverb with the new soundbank.

Maybe you can tell us which instruments you changed so we can check the performance of these in some midi arrangements.
I reflashed the GUD 1.04 soundbank and I will stay with it for the moment.


most instruments, while having smaller tweaks, are still based on general user.

These synth intstruments are new, generated from scratch :
38-Synth Bass 1 (MOD)
50-Synth Strings 1 (MOD)
51-Synth Strings 2 (MOD)
62-Synth Brass 1 (MOD)
63-Synth Brass 2 (MOD)
80-Square Lead (MOD)
81-Saw Lead (MOD)

If the problem is only the volume/balance, I will try to change the balance to better suit the games.
The overall goal is to achieve the same balance as SC-55, but with its own sound characteristic
If in some cases the GUD instrument is preferred above the new synthesized, I can revert to that as well, of course

I agree the default setting has quite some reverb/chorus, this is also the case in X3MB.
I will try to provide a buran preset, but the optimal preset is depending on taste as well.
In general the more 'dry' presets were not received so positively
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