Originally Posted by kbob
The other issue is the quality of the midi bank you're running against. That's why a lot of time and effort is put into selecting a keyboard for instance-some have fantastic piano sounds, some are better at strings, some at horns, etc...
And from what I recall, while the one in windows is OK, its not great.
Originally Posted by JordanN
Which is why I wasn't even considering it when I made my previous reply.
Come on, guys! I've been working with MIDI since it was BORN -- well over 20 years! The "one in Windows" isn't "in Windows". It's almost always on the motherboard or sound card. A Yamaha chip is fairly popular. No, General MIDI (GM, which I never liked to begin with -- I was there when the specs for it were made) hardly EVER sounds good, even if you have an outboard General MIDI module. GM was simply created to get MIDI to the GM (general market
) and try to standardize a few things so that you could "plug and play". Unfortunately the standards were set pretty low and without a lot of creativity.
Now, I didn't put all of THAT in MY reply because I didn't want to insult pianomandan's intelligence -- who is obviously a fellow musician and probably already knows all of the above.
(Oh, I'm back from the hospital... did I mention that anesthesia makes me cranky?