Sound card compatibility

Job one is installing the Miditzer and getting it configured
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Post by Anonymous » Sun Dec 04, 2005 9:39 pm

Hi Jim,
I am using a windows XP and an Audiophile 2496 card, and I cannot get any sound from the Miditzer. (My idea is to add nearly a CMK Organ Works keyboard and a pedalboard I have after learnig about the pistons and registrations, using also that card). Is the Audiophile card compatible?
Thanks,
Georgev 

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Post by Jim Henry » Sun Dec 04, 2005 9:47 pm

You should be able to get General MIDI sounds from the Audiophile card
using Miditzer version 0.41, but it won't sound too good.  Next
week we should be releasing version 0.50 which will let you use sound
fonts with the Audiophile card.  Version 0.50 will give you a
better sound and is easier to install.  If you can't wait a week,
you could sneak down to the Development section and download the beta
test version.

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Post by Anonymous » Mon Dec 05, 2005 6:54 am

Thank you Jim. I will wait.
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Post by concorde » Tue Dec 13, 2005 5:02 am

Hi Jim:  I have an Asus 64 bit A8V board with built in sound
module AMD64 3gig CPU a Roland EM50 keyboard. I've installed Miditzer 5
That works great with computer keyboard/mouse, feeding a 5.1 output to
a hefty amp system.  Plugging the EM50 into the midi (games) port
I do not get any activity  do I need to put in a midi interface
using optocouplers and a separate sound card?

I am diving in at the deep end finding it difficult to surface !

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Post by Jim Henry » Tue Dec 13, 2005 10:40 am

If the EM50 keyboard has a MIDI Out port with a round 5 pin connector,
you will need a MIDI interface with optocouplers to connect the MIDI
cable to your computer's 15 pin gameport.  This would be something
like the Turtle Beach cable shown here:
http://virtualorgan.com/Default.asp?Pag ... interfaces

The fact that you have connected the keyboard suggests that you already
have the MIDI interface.  They look like plain cables because all
the electronics fit into the shell around the gameport connector.

Here are a few things to check:

MIDI connections are OUT to IN.  So the MIDI OUT from the keyboard
goes to the MIDI IN on the computer.  The MIDI interface will have
two identical looking MIDI connectors but one will be marked IN. 
That's the one you need to connect to the keyboard's MIDI OUT.

You need MIDI Driver software in the computer to actually read what's
coming in on the gameport.  Does something show up in the list of
Available MIDI input devices when you go to Miditzer Settings by
clicking the yellow M in the upper left corner?  It should have a
name that suggests it is connected to your card that has the
gameport.  It needs to be added to the list of Active MIDI devices.

This should be enough to get you going.

If you need to buy a new MIDI interface I would suggest getting one
that connects by USB.  Gameports are vanishing and it is unlikely
that a gameport cable will be usable if you get newer hardware.

Also think about where you want to go in the future.  If you want
to eventually hook up multiple keyboards and pedals, you'll probably
need multiple MIDI ports.  A Midisport 4x4 or similar will handle
all your needs for a long time.

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Post by concorde » Tue Dec 13, 2005 6:15 pm

Thanks Jim. Yes the EM50 came with the cable midi in/out (DIN)  to
game port I also have a spare SB live platinum card which has  Din
connector inputs on the front panel remote control board, this card is
not installed at present,but could useful for multi card use later.

As mentioned. the sound "card"  is incorporated in the
motherboard. So the USB is the obvious way to go - The MB has 6
available USB2 port inputs. Will try again.

The end challenge is to make a multi keyboard setup. 
Unfortunately supplies of appropriate hardware is very limited
downunder in Perth.
Thanks for pointers
Dave.

PS The store at Amazon.com does not ship outside the US
(Midisport 4x4 USB MIDI Interface)
Have located one in Australia that carries it? Also alternate sources and waiting for enquiry replies.




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Post by concorde » Wed Dec 14, 2005 6:06 pm

Update. Located source of Midisport 4x4 USB at Brisbane, Australia. (back odered for New Year)

Tried the EM50 again after installing the SB Live Platinum card .
Computer to EM50 works  from midi files and Miditzer found the
Uart. - via game port

Nothing still from EM50 to Computer, next move install the remote card
which has dedicated midi in/out and modiy the cable from 16D to two 5
pin DIN. plugs.  Will also check cable continuity, they are
Roland, but hardly ever used.

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Post by Jim Henry » Wed Dec 14, 2005 6:15 pm

Is there anything that has to be set on the EM 50 to enable MIDI output?

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Post by concorde » Thu Dec 15, 2005 6:02 am

Not as far as I know Jim, I have read the manual cover to cover. I have
used the EM50 before with a previous computer and a standard SB Live
card with no problems I/O - This is the first time trying the EM50/Asus
A8V deluxe combo.

If using the Midi inputs on the SB remote front panel doesn't work.  I will wait until the NY for the USB 4x4 to arrive.

Also I may try an opto coupler interface I made for my son for his
B500. he is coming round next weekend to check the system. (He's doing
his BSc in CS & IT)

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