~Mystiqal & Nightbird's~ Waveset Advice


Most computer wavesets are automatically set to 2mb and have the option of being defaulted to 4mb or 8mb (although a lot of puter's may only have one or two - 2mb and 4mb). 2mb just doesn't do justice to any MIDI file (no matter how high quality the file is)...you need at least 4mb to make out half the instruments and if you've got an 8mb - well, you'll be amazed. You'll hear sounds you never thought a MIDI was capable of, especially if you've never listened to your files with more than a 4mb waveset. Want to check what you're defaulted to and optimize it? Well, here's what to do!!

* Click on "Start" button on the bottom left of your screen.

* Point to "Settings", then point to "Control Panel" and left click.

* Find the icon labeled "System" and double left click on it.

* Find the "Device Manager" tab and click on it.

* Now, make sure the "View devices by type" button is marked - this is found close to the top of the window.

* Point to "Sound, video and game controllers" and double click. (Alternately, click on the "+" sign next to "sound, video and game controllers").

* Find your sound card - look for something with SB, Sound Blaster, Creative, Ensoniq, AWE, or Audio PCI in it and double click on it.

**NOTE** If you see a selection with the words "Legacy Emulation" or similar, do not choose this. If this is the case, you should have one other possible selection.

* You should now find the "Settings" tab and click on it.

* Find the "MIDI Synthesizer Waveset" section. You should see something like "2 MB Waveset ver 2" or similar. (If it says "8 MB GM/GS Waveset ver ?" you do not need to change anything). If not, you should either see a down arrow button, or a radio button. If you have the down arrow, click on it and point to "8MB GM/GS Waveset" and click on that. If you have radio buttons, mark the one next to "8 MB Waveset".

* In some cases, all you may have is a 4MB Waveset. If this is the case, click on that waveset.

* Finally, click on the "OK" button at the bottom of the window and your new waveset will load. See if you can tell the difference...

If you'd like to download a 4mb or 8mb standard waveset from Gateway, CLICK HERE. (Your puter does not need to be a Gateway to use the wavesets).

As well as your waveset, your computer speakers also count towards the final sound quality of a MIDI file, so keep that in mind if you're still not satisfied with the sound after you've upgraded your waveset (and the quality of your actual soundcard can also contribute, although most computers made in the past couple of years have the ones mentioned in the instructions above). If you've got a pretty good set of speakers though, you're gonna have a ball with the new depth of the MIDI files - you may never think of MIDI in the same way again! Cheers!!

~M & N~

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