First post, by veggies
After searching high and low, I'm actually really surprised at the lack of information on what the basic setup is supposed to be. I haven't seen anyone do it the same way as another person.
I have the simplest setup possible: Modern PC, DOSBox, SC-55mkII, and RCA cables to a speaker. I'll smoothen things out when I can get it playing correctly at all.
So far, Duke Nukem 3D will play, and initially it sounds normal - however, after about 10 seconds, everything begins to sound horrible, off key, seriously ear splitting sharps and flats. It's seriously unbearable. I have it configured to Sound Canvas.
Dark Forces 'imuse' (sound config utility) is set to General MIDI. It will usually freeze / crash DOSBox when 'test music' is selected, but it did work once, and had the same awful sharps and flats as Duke.
I've tried setting mpu401 to both uart and intelligent, no change. I've been people talking about using midi drivers, is that something I'm supposed to be doing? I'd be happy to follow any kind of guide if anyone has one, right now so far the trouble has just been finding what I'm supposed to be doing to begin with, more than fixing these problems per se.
Thanks for any help.