First post, by Velociraptor
I've been trying to get my head around sound for DOS, and as I'm sure you're all aware it's a rabbit hole.
However I think I have now sorted out what I need and when I get some time I'll get it all working and tested, but I thought it would be a good idea to ask here in case someone can identify an issue.
I have a BX400 board with a P3-600 on it.
I have a CT2230 SB16, connected to an MT100 (which is functionally identical to an MT-32) and an SC-88.
I have a fairly inexpensive 4 channel stereo/8 channel mono mixing thing.
As with all soundblasters there are problems with mine.
It should be a little noisier than is ideal, but I'm told that turning off some of the sliders can help.
I might get a hanging note bug but not the bad one.
I may get slowdowns/pauses.
I do not know how bad these will be in practice so my intention is to get a Hard MPU card if I can't tolerate it any more.
Also in the system will be an SB Live. This is for Windows 98SE use. I did consider using it for MIDI in DOS but I understand it's a bit driver problematic.
The purpose of the system is primarily for DOS games, I would also like it to do games up to Win98SE, especially games that won't run on another PC but the main focus for me is DOS era games. I understand there will be some moslo going on as a necessity, and it's possible I may end up buying a 386 or 486 and moving it all to that.
I also know that MT32 new isn't the same as MT32 old and lacks the extra stuff CM32 has. But there's always compromises 😀
But what I'd like to settle on is if I've made broadly correct choices, and if anyone spots something I've overlooked.