First post, by Joseph_Joestar
I just got this SC-155 today. From what I gather, it's a somewhat uncommon variety of the original SC-55. This is my first external MIDI device, so please bear with me if some of my questions seem silly. 😀 Before we get to that, I should mention that I have already initialized the SC-155 to return everything to factory settings and also did a GS reset.
1) I would like to check on the internal battery as per this thread. There are some videos on YouTube where people open a regular SC-55 and that seems pretty straightforward. However, the SC-155 has a completely different design and I don't know how to open it. Any ideas?
2) I have come across some posts that mention that a GS reset might be needed from time to time in order to wipe out the settings that some games left behind. Is this the case? If so, how often do I need to do a GS reset? Also, is there tool or something that can execute a GS reset from DOS? I don't like doing it from the front panel of the device all the time.
3) What about a GM reset? Is that something that Roland devices can do as well? I did notice that my SC-155 does have both the GS and General MIDI markings.
5) Is there a known list of games that use GS mode? As I understand it (possibly wrongly) GS has more instruments than GM, in particular drum sets and such. I have seen some games that have separate "General MIDI" and "Sound Canvas" options in sound setup. Does the presence of the latter mean that the game supports GS mode?
6) Initially, I had connected the output of the SC-155 to the Line In of my ESS AudioDrive 1868F. This worked fine in most games. However, certain Sierra titles like Gabriel Knight seem to mute the Line In of the ESS card which means no music. The SC-155 still works fine, and if I connect it directly to the speakers, the music plays normally. So I'm guessing this is a bug with the ESS card and/or Sierra games. My question is, do I lose any sound fidelity if I connect the line out of the ESS card to the inputs of the SC-155 instead?
7) I read that the SC-155 outputs in 16-bit at 32 kHz. Should I adjust Audacity to record at that frequency or can I leave it at the default 44.1 kHz when recording music from the device?
Well, that's it for now, but I may have more questions as I experiment with the SC-155 further. Lastly, here are some of the recordings that I made:
- Doom E1M1
- Duke3D intro
- Tyrian level 1
- Transport Tycoon main menu
- Gabriel Knight - St. George's Book Shop
- King's Quest VI - Village #1
- Stonekeep - Ruins of Stonekeep pt. 2
- Settlers 2 Gold - Track 9
- Doom - E1M8
EDIT - added a few more recordings