Re: Roland CM-64 tricks
Yep, that seemed to fix everything! Thanks! It sounds absolutely fantastic now.jaffa225man wrote: ↑Mon Mar 09, 2020 7:18 pm
Assuming my recording of Eco Quest sounds accurate to you (I have the game but haven't played it for a couple years), it's probably something to do with the SysEx, as usual. This is obvious, but if something else was played before Eco Quest, it would be a good idea to switch the CM-64 off temporarily to reset it. Also be sure that your player isn't sending an MT-32 reset between each song. Similarly, if the mt-32-reset.mid file I uploaded previously (but not as part of this set) is played anytime after ECO-000-Initial-SysEx.mid, it would mess up the programming. After ECO-000-Initial-SysEx.mid, I would have played mt-32-cm-32l-cm-64_master-volume-48-only.mid just in case. It turns out, though, that the Eco Quest files include embedded SysEx modifying the master volume (as many songs do) to 100, so it's great that they don't cause digital volume overflow on the CM-64 and CM-32L in this case. Now, each song file should be played. This doesn't matter for the CM-64, but I usually insert 2-seconds-nothing-and-then-gs-reset.mid between SysEx-containing MIDI files since I have the MT-32 (old) which could "Exc. Buffer overflow" otherwise. Listening to it now, I probably wouldn't have needed to resend the ECO-000-Initial-SysEx.mid between each Eco Quest song, but as I did, I also used the 2-seconds-nothing-and-then-gs-reset.mid between it and the start of the next song because it's common for songs to have their own initial SysEx embedded which would, again "Exc. Buffer overflow" the MT-32 (old).
Yeah, just replacing the MT-32 piano with the CM-64's really enhances the overall sound dramatically. Some tracks, Like "The Incredible Dork" make use of the CM-32L part's native brass and trumpet patches (though the strings are not really much to write home about), and personally, I think it sounds great!jaffa225man wrote: ↑Mon Mar 09, 2020 7:18 pmThanks! I haven't listened long, but I can already tell the piano is an improvement in your version.Ari wrote: ↑Mon Mar 09, 2020 8:58 amYeah, so apparently I had the first 2/3s of the soundtrack already recorded and converted to FLAC.
I've uploaded them to my Google Drive here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1UIPEp ... fVh4bk-pj1
I'll try and get the last part recorded ASAP.
BTW, I've also enhanced some of the tracks by using the Roland SN-U110-07 (Electric Guitar) expansion card. Dale Carlsonian is one particularly good example IMO.