On a roll with captures tonight, so here is one of my other go-to sound tests, Prince of Persia. FM is my usual music choice for this game. I have an MT-32 (which is the sole MIDI option this game offers) but it just doesn't pack the punch for me. But as the Orchid drivers come with firmware called "mt32", I thought PoP might be an interesting MIDI test. For some additional context, if you've selected MT-32 in PoP setup and it doesn't detect a device, it will fall back to PC speaker music.
- Cardinal firmware dspoo1.ld - outputs to gameport only (expected behaviour as posted earlier).
- Cardinal firmware dspoo1a.ld - fallback to PC speaker
- Cardinal firmware dspoo1wa.ld - this:
- Orchid firmware mt32.ld - outputs to gameport only
- Orchid firmware genmid.ld - this:
None of that is pretty - but not unexpected when sending MT-32 intruments to GM. Here's what PoP should sound like on an MT-32: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4u7qYhETDUw
Since FM is really my jam here, here's the AnalogDevices rendition on the Cardinal:
Notable is the variation in noise levels per recording. The Orchid firmware is quieter, requiring adjustments to capture input levels thus introducing some line noise. But it's not just line noise; it varies with the output like it's some artefact of the processing. This is present in the FM recording too.
Here is PoP at its FM best (IMO): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HN0jq7IhzTo