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Hirsch
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Hello from Germany

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Hello everybody,
I'm new in this forum and I'd like to introduce myself. My name is Hubert and I'm from Germany. I'm interested in MIDI music in retro PC games from the 90s and play trumpet/horn. (Yamaha makes great brass instruments :) )


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Re: Hello from Germany

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Hello Hubert. A very warm welcome to the forum. Great to have a brass player join us. I don't think we have many of those here at the moment. :think:

When you say "retro games from the 90's" can you elaborate? I have been a gamer since as far back as I can remember...that's a VERY long time unfortunately :lol:


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Re: Hello from Germany

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Thank you very much for the welcome :-)

Lots of MS-DOS games in the 90s used MIDI music as soundtrack before techniques like mp3 and others were available for this job. My first PC in that time had a straight Soundblaster 16 card. While sound effects like firing a shotgun were good, its MIDI synthesizer capabilities were poor. (I loved the games nevertheless.) These games come to my mind when I remember that time:
Duke Nukem 3D
Doom
Warcraft
Descent
System Shock
...and many others

Instead of using the poor MIDI capabilies you could also use am external synthezizer because most sound cards had an external mini interface. This Youtube video gives a good idea what it sounds like:



Some sound cards even had an internal interface called "Waveblaster" where you could piggyback a wavetable board. The Yamaha DB50XG is a very good one from that time, but it is extremely rare and hard to find nowadays. Other manufactors like Korg also had Waveblaster cards. The good news is, that a company from Belgium introduced a new Waveblaster card called "Dreamblaster X2". It has a programmable soundbank and some enthusiasts create custom versions for retro games and whatever. As you can see, this topic is still very exciting. You might get an idea what Dreamblaster sounds like in this Youtube Video:



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