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Reply 20 of 38, by vkcpolice

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ok so i used the command /opl i got the sound to play but it sounds like trash
all the instruments are wrong and it sounds really crap
not sure whats going on as it plays fine in other players under windows

Reply 21 of 38, by Falcosoft

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vkcpolice wrote on 2021-06-06, 04:08:

ok so i used the command /opl i got the sound to play but it sounds like trash
all the instruments are wrong and it sounds really crap
not sure whats going on as it plays fine in other players under windows

I do not think you understand how Midi works under DOS. In Windows you have the Microsoft GM/GS Software Synth that can be used with any sound card. There is no such thing in DOS. You have to use your soundcard's hardware or external Midi synth. Your SB16/Vibra only has that 'crappy' FM Synth. Without attaching an external Midi device or Waveblaster card you only have FM synth under DOS.
So your problem is NOT player related. Without an external Midi synth you should not even try e.g. MegaMid since it only supports MPU-401 compatible real Midi devices which your SB16/Vibra does not have under DOS.
Here is how your SB16/Vibra should sound under DOS with its FM synth:
https://youtu.be/9hzxE1_nl0k?t=101

I strongly think you should study more before posting these 'does not work' type messages. There are plenty of sources here on Vogons, on Youtube etc. ...

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Reply 22 of 38, by vkcpolice

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Falcosoft wrote on 2021-06-06, 06:53:
I do not think you understand how Midi works under DOS. In Windows you have the Microsoft GM/GS Software Synth that can be used […]
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vkcpolice wrote on 2021-06-06, 04:08:

ok so i used the command /opl i got the sound to play but it sounds like trash
all the instruments are wrong and it sounds really crap
not sure whats going on as it plays fine in other players under windows

I do not think you understand how Midi works under DOS. In Windows you have the Microsoft GM/GS Software Synth that can be used with any sound card. There is no such thing in DOS. You have to use your soundcard's hardware or external Midi synth. Your SB16/Vibra only has that 'crappy' FM Synth. Without attaching an external Midi device or Waveblaster card you only have FM synth under DOS.
So your problem is NOT player related. Without an external Midi synth you should not even try e.g. MegaMid since it only supports MPU-401 compatible real Midi devices which your SB16/Vibra does not have under DOS.
Here is how your SB16/Vibra should sound under DOS with its FM synth:
https://youtu.be/9hzxE1_nl0k?t=101

I strongly think you should study more before posting these 'does not work' type messages. There are plenty of sources here on Vogons, on Youtube etc. ...

how come dos games that have midi file play fine under dos?

Reply 23 of 38, by Falcosoft

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vkcpolice wrote on 2021-06-06, 08:23:
Falcosoft wrote on 2021-06-06, 06:53:
I do not think you understand how Midi works under DOS. In Windows you have the Microsoft GM/GS Software Synth that can be used […]
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vkcpolice wrote on 2021-06-06, 04:08:

ok so i used the command /opl i got the sound to play but it sounds like trash
all the instruments are wrong and it sounds really crap
not sure whats going on as it plays fine in other players under windows

I do not think you understand how Midi works under DOS. In Windows you have the Microsoft GM/GS Software Synth that can be used with any sound card. There is no such thing in DOS. You have to use your soundcard's hardware or external Midi synth. Your SB16/Vibra only has that 'crappy' FM Synth. Without attaching an external Midi device or Waveblaster card you only have FM synth under DOS.
So your problem is NOT player related. Without an external Midi synth you should not even try e.g. MegaMid since it only supports MPU-401 compatible real Midi devices which your SB16/Vibra does not have under DOS.
Here is how your SB16/Vibra should sound under DOS with its FM synth:
https://youtu.be/9hzxE1_nl0k?t=101

I strongly think you should study more before posting these 'does not work' type messages. There are plenty of sources here on Vogons, on Youtube etc. ...

how come dos games that have midi file play fine under dos?

What games exactly? DOS games usually do not use General Midi files when using FM synths for music but program the FM synth with fine tuned custom instruments. In such cases FM synth can sound very good , sometimes even better than Midi option (such an example is Dune 1.). In cases when DOS games use the same Midi file for FM synth as for real Midi devices the outcome is usually not so great (few examples are e.g. Doom or Duke3d).
Doom:
https://youtu.be/t9IRWOzs0T0?t=198
Duke3d:
https://youtu.be/hFX63IGmbwY?t=126

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Reply 24 of 38, by vkcpolice

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ok thanks for that info. thats why when i downloaded the jazz jackrabbit ost in midi it sounded different than when you were playing the game.
looks like i will be getting that wave blaster or sc55 😀

Reply 25 of 38, by Falcosoft

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vkcpolice wrote on 2021-06-07, 03:07:

ok thanks for that info. thats why when i downloaded the jazz jackrabbit ost in midi it sounded different than when you were playing the game.
looks like i will be getting that wave blaster or sc55 😀

No. It's because the DOS version of jazz jackrabbit does not use either Midi or FM synth for music. It uses tracker/MOD music. So neither a waveblater card nor an SC-55 will help in this case. Jazz jackrabbit can only sound better with a GUS.
Your whole story has nothing to do with Midi at all.
Please, do your homework next time...
You can download its original tracker music in s3m format from here:
http://www.mirsoft.info/gmb/music_info.php?id_file=NDc5

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Reply 26 of 38, by vkcpolice

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no need to be rude or say do your homework next time....
this is a online forum to ask for help and to learn!
not to tell people oh go do your research dont ask questions here...
seriously some people on this forum have nothing better to do....

Reply 27 of 38, by Falcosoft

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vkcpolice wrote on 2021-06-07, 06:29:
no need to be rude or say do your homework next time.... this is a online forum to ask for help and to learn! not to tell people […]
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no need to be rude or say do your homework next time....
this is a online forum to ask for help and to learn!
not to tell people oh go do your research dont ask questions here...
seriously some people on this forum have nothing better to do....

I do not think I was rude. I just simply mentioned that you should have given more info all along as asked by Kamerat in one of his first reply in this very topic. Instead you were asking irrelevant questions without telling us clearly what you have and what you would like to achieve. It took 2 pages to find out that in spite of you were asking about Midi related stuff your game has nothing to do with Midi at all.
But you are completely right in 1 thing: I really have better things to do than answering your questions, finding example videos, gamerips for you etc..
Bye

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Reply 28 of 38, by vkcpolice

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if you really read the thread i first asked about a midi player then in my last post i simply asked why dos games sound better than midi file running under dosmid.
instead you tell me i should research blah blah blah
i forgot that this was a online forum where we could learn from each other and discuss such topics

Reply 29 of 38, by vetz

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Please remember that everyone is on a different level in terms of experience and knowledge here on this forum. For many of us it's basic knowledge that Jazz Jackrabbit is not midi in-game, but that might not be apparent to everyone or someone just starting out in this hobby. You can read more in the community guidelines.

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Reply 30 of 38, by vkcpolice

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So how does dos game music work then?
i always thought that they were mid files that just got sent to the soundcard and the on board synth did the rest?
for example games like commander keen 4 are under 1mb in size this includes the soundtrack and all the game files
i thought thats how games were so small in size because all the game was doing was sending instructions to your soundcard on what instruments to play
sorry this has sorta gone off the original topic but im trying to learn all this stuff

Reply 31 of 38, by appiah4

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vkcpolice wrote on 2021-06-07, 09:21:
So how does dos game music work then? i always thought that they were mid files that just got sent to the soundcard and the on b […]
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So how does dos game music work then?
i always thought that they were mid files that just got sent to the soundcard and the on board synth did the rest?
for example games like commander keen 4 are under 1mb in size this includes the soundtrack and all the game files
i thought thats how games were so small in size because all the game was doing was sending instructions to your soundcard on what instruments to play
sorry this has sorta gone off the original topic but im trying to learn all this stuff

There are very many different ways games synthesize their music. Most DOS games comply to Adlib's (OPL2) or Sound Blaster Pro's (OPL3) implementation of FM Synthesis, which is really not related to MIDI.

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Reply 32 of 38, by Falcosoft

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vetz wrote on 2021-06-07, 08:48:

Please remember that everyone is on a different level in terms of experience and knowledge here on this forum. For many of us it's basic knowledge that Jazz Jackrabbit is not midi in-game, but that might not be apparent to everyone or someone just starting out in this hobby. You can read more in the community guidelines.

You are completely right, but the problem is OP has not even mentioned Jazz Jackrabbit until his last posts. So we went through many posts about how DosMid does not work, sounds bad etc. without even mentioning what the 'bad sound' was compared to.

appiah4 wrote on 2021-06-07, 09:25:

There are very many different ways games synthesize their music. Most DOS games comply to Adlib's (OPL2) or Sound Blaster Pro's (OPL3) implementation of FM Synthesis, which is really not related to MIDI.

Yes, but in case of Jazz Jackrabbit neither Adlib's (OPL2) or Sound Blaster Pro's (OPL3) or Midi is used but a 4th option: Tracker music in s3m format. So FM synth or Midi is not involved at all. Tracker music uses digital samples similarly as other digital audio effects.

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Reply 33 of 38, by appiah4

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Falcosoft wrote on 2021-06-07, 14:05:
appiah4 wrote on 2021-06-07, 09:25:

There are very many different ways games synthesize their music. Most DOS games comply to Adlib's (OPL2) or Sound Blaster Pro's (OPL3) implementation of FM Synthesis, which is really not related to MIDI.

Yes, but in case of Jazz Jackrabbit neither Adlib's (OPL2) or Sound Blaster Pro's (OPL3) or Midi is used but a 4th option: Tracker music in s3m format. So FM synth or Midi is not involved at all. Tracker music uses digital samples similarly as other digital audio effects.

Oh wow I didn't know this, was tracker music even a thing in DOS games? That's kind of Amiga's turf. 😀

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Reply 34 of 38, by megatron-uk

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appiah4 wrote on 2021-06-07, 14:51:

Oh wow I didn't know this, was tracker music even a thing in DOS games? That's kind of Amiga's turf. 😀

Some examples off the top of my head:

Pinball Dreams/Illusions/Fantasies (naturally! since these are Amiga ports)
Epic Pinball
Linewars II
Jazz Jackrabbit (as above)

I think I also recall at least one of the Ishar RPG's using digital music that sounded quite tracker-like.

Most of them that support it, do sound better on a GUS.

Reply 38 of 38, by megatron-uk

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It's going to vary per game. Tracker based games often have the mod/s3m file in the game directory (perhaps with the extension obfuscated). For FM and/or MIDI games, it's going to be down to how it was implemented; Dos wasn't anywhere near as standardised as Windows.