Who was the person who chose general midi sounds

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digitalboytn
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1265 posts since 8 Dec, 2008 from Global Cowboy

Post Sat Aug 18, 2018 4:39 am

thecontrolcentre wrote:IIRC it was General Midi himself who chose those sounds ... they rock for military style stuff :ud:
This is almost correct....but not quite...

In the beginning General MIDI used to pick his own sounds,but after he lost his right arm and was wounded in the left buttocks,he found it too difficult to sit for prolonged periods of time...

So he left the task to his assistant,but unfortunately,he was tone deaf and dyslexic,as well as suffering from dwarfism...

Not one to be deterred,General MIDI appointed his son,General MIDI 2 as the keeper of the flame and he was doing a fine job until he was struck by a crochet and mortally wounded at the Battle of Agincourt...

Unfortunately,things have not progressed so much in MIDI land after that time...

And anyone who tells you a different story about MIDI development is lying through their teeth :wink:
Sorry - I don't use auto-tune....

chk071
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17284 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Re: Who was the person who chose general midi sounds

Post Sat Aug 18, 2018 5:57 am

A 21 gun salute to General MIDI. And Major DAW.

Watchful
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105 posts since 9 Jan, 2018

Re: Who was the person who chose general midi sounds

Post Sat Aug 18, 2018 6:46 am

chk071 wrote:A 21 gun salute to General MIDI. And Major DAW.
Sorry. The limit is 16 guns.

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vurt
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Re: Who was the person who chose general midi sounds

Post Sat Aug 18, 2018 6:46 am

and private browsing!

chk071
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Re: Who was the person who chose general midi sounds

Post Sat Aug 18, 2018 7:46 am

Watchful wrote:
chk071 wrote:A 21 gun salute to General MIDI. And Major DAW.
Sorry. The limit is 16 guns.
Well... 8 for MIDI then (coz 8-bit), and 64 for DAW. :P
vurt wrote:and private browsing!
:D

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digitalboytn
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1265 posts since 8 Dec, 2008 from Global Cowboy

Re: Who was the person who chose general midi sounds

Post Sat Aug 18, 2018 2:13 pm

Let's not forget Major Cockup's role in all of this....

He has an awful lot of explaining to do :wink:
Sorry - I don't use auto-tune....

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KVRist
102 posts since 8 May, 2018 from Sweden

Re: Who was the person who chose general midi sounds

Post Sun Aug 19, 2018 1:54 am

vurt wrote:
sleepcircle wrote:
Oopi wrote:Where is supersaw, well there is none. And wub-wub sounds these unmusical dubsteb -like sounds are nowhere to be found. It just not forward thinking enough.
roland standardized the general midi soundset in 1991; the supersaw didn't exist until 1997 and the hard wub-wub didn't exist until 2011
so you're saying roland had no foresight, how can we trust a company that doesn't own a chrono-visor?
Well the Alpha Junos had the Hoover sound which is pretty close to a super-saw, just not baked into one oscillator.

But yeah, 1991 was this awkward time in history where happy meal-quality buttons, incremental data wheels and tiny 2-line segmented displays had replaced knobs and sliders, and "Digital Sound" was a badge of honor. By 1997, the trend reversed, with knobby/slider-y virtual analogs like the Virus, JP-8000, Nord Lead etc.

Acid Mitch
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Re: Who was the person who chose general midi sounds

Post Sun Aug 19, 2018 2:24 am

AdvancedFollower wrote:
Well the Alpha Junos had the Hoover sound which is pretty close to a super-saw, just not baked into one oscillator.
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Alpha Juno hoover is a single oscillator sound.
Alpha Juno only has 1 osc per voice.

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tonedef71
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903 posts since 21 Sep, 2007 from USA

Re: Who was the person who chose general midi sounds

Post Sun Aug 19, 2018 3:51 pm

Watchful wrote:Lots of sources exist for decent GM sounds, often free, as Sound Fonts if you don't want a dedicated piece of multi-sampled hardware.
Indeed. This particular company's entire business is all about making and selling premium quality GM/GS/XG soundfonts: https://www.gmsoundfont.com/
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Watchful
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Re: Who was the person who chose general midi sounds

Post Sun Aug 19, 2018 6:54 pm

chk071 wrote:
Watchful wrote:
chk071 wrote:A 21 gun salute to General MIDI. And Major DAW.
Sorry. The limit is 16 guns.
Well... 8 for MIDI then (coz 8-bit), and 64 for DAW. :P
And that gunshot needs to be program 128.

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