First post, by nosh
Hi, first post here, I know ive been on vogons for info before over the years, decided to register. LGR and Philscomputerlab got me wanting to get into MIDI, never touched it as a kid. I currently have a Quantum3D Graphite PC that was straight out of a flight simulator, that I use for retro gaming. I got a Voodoo 5 5500 for it naturally, it's pretty BA. It sports an Intel socket 370 board with a PIII 733 but unfortunately, no ISA slots which rules out any internal MPU-401 and finding them or the external version is impossible anyways.
I recently picked up a Roland MT-32 (old) for a price I couldn't refuse. Now I am trying to figure out the best option, do I get a PCI card compatible with softMPU (currently have an SB Live!, not compatible) that I can throw in the Graphite, or build another system geared towards DOS and MIDI. Its not worth getting a new MB for the Graphite with ISA and I want to keep it original anyways.
I would prefer to use the Graphite with the MT-32 and eventually an SC-55 as well so I just have one machine that does everything retro but I am concerned about what I have heard about the MT-32 and newer processors like a PIII, causes syncing issues, audio speeds up or slows down because it cant keep up with the processor. Is this a big concern, should I bother? Is this problem game specific and if so is there a list?
Assuming using a PIII is not a concern, which PCI sound card would be my best bet, doesn't necessarily need to be on the softMPU compatibility list, I just want a well rounded card, confirmed to work with softMPU that is affordable and fairly common.
Thanks for your help!