After having a discussion with a few PEERS
on the dickord (and after realizing my old lv24 account can, in fact, host any battle at this point), I made the decision to test the waters in hosting a series of BATTLEs around making music for the MT-32!
I'll host these whenever I have time - usually whenever it's evening in the UK (since this is generally when both EU and US people are up to participate). Sadly with a new part-time job getting in the way, as well as a drive to finish other projects, there's no guaranteed weekly batol like before :(
I'll keep hosting them as long as there's interest (so boonloss doesn't affect chances if it needs to be covered & people still really want it). The goal is to get people a Roland MT-32 badge, it can be gold if y'all are up to the challenge (and certainly not everyone has the same goals, so I'll host them for as long as I can).
Wait, I don't have a MT-32
If you don't have a MT-32 laying around, fear not! You have the ability to use MUNT!
You can even get it as a VSTi now if your DAW can support addressing specific MIDI ports to VSTs. Just make sure you're using the appropriate roms, are running your DAW at 48khz
, and use only MIDI channels 2 to 10 to write music.
You'll find that working with the MT-32 is a wildly different challenge compared to MSGS MIDI. You only have 32 partials, and a single sound can use up to 4. While you can set up your MUNT to have more than 32, this is not a feature on the real units!! Please make sure you're set to 32 partials.
The MIDI map is also completely different. There's several resources available that aid with getting to know both aspects better:
- Lyceum info about MT-32 and MSGS GM/GS mode patches
- My spreadsheet, also contains XG patch info
If your DAW supports writing SYSEX (system exclusive) messages, you can mess around with changing the reverb type or mapping different channels to use with the MT-32. Maybe even send text messages to display on the little display the MT-32 has!
If you're an FL Studio 9+ user,
I have created templates for you to use!! donload
If you don't have MUNT VSTi or don't want to use it, kindly ignore the error message (delete the MUNT VSTi entirely if you don't wanna use it) and set up your MT-32 Synth Emulator's output to PORT 5 (if you want a different port, you'll need to go thru each MIDI OUT and change their output ports as well) IMAGE
How to listen to these entreis???!!!?
Firstly you need regular MUNT - not MuntVSTi!!
Afterwards, install it if you haven't and once its installed (and you supplied the right ROM files), go to Tools on the top left bar and select "play MIDI file"! Then you just drop teh MIDI vote pack on the window and press play!
Im so sorry for not explaining this earlier jdflhjd I DID NOT EXPECT DIDSASTRE
How accurate is MUNT?
It gets close, but close isn't really the real deal still. I don't own a MT-32 to be able to tell. Inaccuracy issues is a part of why fellow BotBr BubblegumOctopus
decided to purchase a MT-32 for themselves, and will be offering hardware renders to the tunes we'll be creating along the way!
(If you want HW renders, please leave 1 bar of silence or so at the beginning of the song, so it doesn't get bugged out when it's just initializing the patches and panning and whatnot)
That all being said, if you're interested please let me know! I'll update this post to keep track of the OHC's we've done and I'll also keep track of who got a MT-32 badge, and similarly with bronze/silver/gold badges anyone obtains along the way (I'll put it next to your name or something we'll see)
Even if you don't feel fully confident in your abilities, I would encourage you to at least give it a try. Remember that we're here to have fun, not necessarely to have a SUPER OMEGA BOSS DEATH BATTLE POGCHAMPION EDITION II X GRANDMASTER CHALLENGE, we're a community!
Thanks for your time!!!
HALL OF FAME
included FL Studio 9 & FL studio 20 templates!! I'll also make a tutorial video (hopefully soon) on how to set it up (again with FL, but I want to make it accessible to everyone with a DAW) with either MUNT or MUNTVSTi
The pilot OHB turned out to be really loved and people definitely want more, so there's now a standardised times at which this will happen (every Wed, 8:30 pm GMT).