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Polywave.xyz | Formerly, Muki.io - A web-based MT-32 Emulator MIDI Player, among other things.

Post by andrew603 » Wed Jan 25, 2017 5:22 pm

I just recently came across Polywave.xyz (Formerly Muki.io). It's a pretty impressive in-progress web-based 'midi' player that supports many different formats. It also has the MT-32 Emulator (MUNT) built-in! I've had some great conversations with Tom, the creator of Muki, so far and have been giving him some feedback on some of it's quirks. In the future I plan to feature this player on the MIDI pages of The QuestStudios Archive. While it's playback is not perfect, in my opinion it is a really cool solution to bringing an accessible and modern take on the old Quest Studios MIDI pages.

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The most recent version of the player is within the following Quote.
Check it out and let me know what you guys think!

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Post by Spikey » Tue Jan 31, 2017 3:59 am

Pretty amazing. Obviously not perfect but MIDI playback for the average person rarely is! Most people would have no idea a conceptual difference between Adlib, GM and MT-32. This site is very useful, anything that furthers the life of MIDI is golden!

I still believe that digital versions of everything is better, but I don't see people rushing to fill that void (mainly because properly edited MIDI scores are not out there for a lot of games). I will try to do my part, and release more MIDI 'complete soundtracks' like Tom would have were he still able to do so.

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Re: Muki.io - A web-based MT-32 Emulator MIDI Player, among other things.

Post by jaffa225man » Mon Feb 13, 2017 11:50 pm

That works very well for me, and I think it'll be a wonderful addition to the site. Of course, everything Spikey said is spot-on too.

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Post by andrew603 » Thu Apr 20, 2017 4:14 am

jaffa225man wrote:
Mon Feb 13, 2017 11:50 pm
That works very well for me, and I think it'll be a wonderful addition to the site. Of course, everything Spikey said is spot-on too.
Spikey wrote:
Tue Jan 31, 2017 3:59 am
Pretty amazing. Obviously not perfect but MIDI playback for the average person rarely is! Most people would have no idea a conceptual difference between Adlib, GM and MT-32. This site is very useful, anything that furthers the life of MIDI is golden!

I still believe that digital versions of everything is better, but I don't see people rushing to fill that void (mainly because properly edited MIDI scores are not out there for a lot of games). I will try to do my part, and release more MIDI 'complete soundtracks' like Tom would have were he still able to do so.
Glad to hear it is working good for you guys. Sorry I've been so absent lately. Honestly, if I listed all the things going on in my life right now keeping me from working on the site more often, you guys probably would not believe me.

The following is a test for some new features of the player that are being implemented. There are a number of things that may not work in the playlist.

{EDIT} player moved to first post in this thread.

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Re: Muki.io - A web-based MT-32 Emulator MIDI Player, among other things.

Post by jaffa225man » Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:16 pm

andrew603 wrote:
Thu Apr 20, 2017 4:14 am
The following is a test for some new features of the player that are being implemented. There are a number of things that may not work in the playlist.
Neat; I like the new features that seem to work! Is it just me, though, or does the Space Quest 3 Soundtrack play a bit too fast (My Pentium 90 MHz doesn't quite go that fast and it's still overkill for the game I think)? Also, I hadn't heard of "Time of the Pheonix" yet, but could the polyphony issue be caused by Munt running with the MT-32 ROMs versus CM-32L/LAPC-I? Does the player allow you to specify which ROMs are used on a per-track basis?

Thanks for the update, & I hope you're alright with everything keeping you busy,

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Re: Muki.io - A web-based MT-32 Emulator MIDI Player, among other things.

Post by andrew603 » Thu Apr 20, 2017 11:44 pm

jaffa225man wrote:
Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:16 pm
Thanks for the update, & I hope you're alright with everything keeping you busy
Thanks, it's nothing bad or anything, just a lot of stuff all at once. haha.
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Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:16 pm
Neat; I like the new features that seem to work! Is it just me, though, or does the Space Quest 3 Soundtrack play a bit too fast (My Pentium 90 MHz doesn't quite go that fast and it's still overkill for the game I think)? Also, I hadn't heard of "Time of the Pheonix" yet, but could the polyphony issue be caused by Munt running with the MT-32 ROMs versus CM-32L/LAPC-I? Does the player allow you to specify which ROMs are used on a per-track basis?
The SQ3 soundtrack definitely plays fast there. In talking with Tomás about it we've not been able to figure out quite why. It's one of those things where it seems to be only that one file as far as what I've tested so it's more a matter of there being bigger fish to fry at the moment than investigating it further.

"Time of the Phoenix" was one of Tom Lewandowski's original non-sierra compositions. As far as I am aware it is an MT-32 composition. Here is a recording of the song from my RWI-Modded MT-32. (maybe that's why it plays better?)

Anyway, an interesting note regarding the MT-32/CM32L ROMs: AFAIK the MT-32 ROM's are now public domain but the CM-32L ROMs are not. You can read a tiny be more about it here: https://yro.slashdot.org/story/03/12/14 ... 2-emulator and here: https://yro.slashdot.org/story/03/10/11 ... or-project

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Post by andrew603 » Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:53 am

Updated first post with latest version of the player.

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Post by andrew603 » Fri Apr 21, 2017 2:07 am

Playlist and player settings updated. Looks like nearly everything works. Even loads Willy Beamish soundtrack! Though it might temporarily freeze your browser because that is a HUGE MIDI file at 1.44MB!

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Re: Muki.io - A web-based MT-32 Emulator MIDI Player, among other things.

Post by jaffa225man » Mon Apr 24, 2017 12:50 am

andrew603 wrote:
Thu Apr 20, 2017 11:44 pm
Thanks, it's nothing bad or anything, just a lot of stuff all at once. haha.
Good; yeah, that happens. :)
andrew603 wrote:
Thu Apr 20, 2017 11:44 pm
The SQ3 soundtrack definitely plays fast there. In talking with Tomás about it we've not been able to figure out quite why. It's one of those things where it seems to be only that one file as far as what I've tested so it's more a matter of there being bigger fish to fry at the moment than investigating it further.
I'm glad you were able to figure it out. It's strange that files from queststudios, always created with such care, have tempo issues. I guess formats can change or the sequencer used may have had a bug.
andrew603 wrote:
Thu Apr 20, 2017 11:44 pm
"Time of the Phoenix" was one of Tom Lewandowski's original non-sierra compositions. As far as I am aware it is an MT-32 composition. Here is a recording of the song from my RWI-Modded MT-32. (maybe that's why it plays better?)
Ah, well I probably perused the page involving contemporary compositions before I owned my MT-32 and forgot to check back there once I had it. It sounds great on your RWI MT-32, but I'll have to keep listening to each version before noticing the polyphony issues with polywave.xyz
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Thu Apr 20, 2017 11:44 pm
Anyway, an interesting note regarding the MT-32/CM32L ROMs: AFAIK the MT-32 ROM's are now public domain but the CM-32L ROMs are not. You can read a tiny be more about it here: https://yro.slashdot.org/story/03/12/14 ... 2-emulator and here: https://yro.slashdot.org/story/03/10/11 ... or-project
Fun reading, thanks! It's interesting that something as old as an ISA card is new enough by a few years to be auto-copyright (I assume Roland didn't include explicit copyright stamping on the LAPC-I's chip either), while the MT-32 isn't. Roland probably doesn't plan to release anything like an emulator for the CM-32L/LAPC-I/CM-64, though, so copyright law's change in time for this, in this case feels like an utter loss.

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Re: Polywave.xyz | Formerly, Muki.io - A web-based MT-32 Emulator MIDI Player, among other things.

Post by jaffa225man » Mon Apr 24, 2017 12:52 am

andrew603 wrote:
Fri Apr 21, 2017 2:07 am
Playlist and player settings updated. Looks like nearly everything works. Even loads Willy Beamish soundtrack! Though it might temporarily freeze your browser because that is a HUGE MIDI file at 1.44MB!
Yup, Willy Beamish required a wait with my slow internet service, but works great. :)

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