> A question to the wise - here's what I would like to do:
> I want to use a MIDI controller as input into a PC and use it to
> produce high-quality (preferably physically modeled + samples) output
> *in real-time.* In other words, I want to be able to hear the sound
> as I play it. In addition, it would be wonderful to have a nice
> interface with which to manipulate the parameters of the synthesis...
> Basically, I want my PC to act as a high-end synthesizer, with the
> user-interface on the screen replacing the control panel...
> Perhaps I'm asking for too much, but that's precisely what I want to
> know :) Is there a soundcard/software combination I can do this with?
> I had high hopes for the AWE64 Gold, but the MIDI horror stories I've
> seen on this group from its users/(victims?) make me wary.
> Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
Maybe what you need is a software synthesizer (I mean a real one, not
a sample playback one, like VirtualSC).
I know two of them :
- AXS (shareware), DOS only, very good. Only supports SB16 or GUS.
So AWE64 might be good in this case.
Check it out at :
- VAZ (freeware/shareware) : Win95 synths. Not very good at realtime
playing (at least the freeware version I have). Has a nice sequencer
Available at :
You pehaps can find some more at Sonic State and Harmony Central,
you can check them out also.
About the AWE64, I'll have the same reaction as many others.
It's a nice soundcard; it should be easy to set up and to use.
Don't expect high-end quality, best S/N ratio or real full-duplex.
But it should be a nice board for a small Home Studio.
As usual, you have what you pay for.
(note: I don't own one, I just have a original SB16).
Has anybody heard a price for a Yamaha SW-1000XG ???
The bag that breaks is the one with the eggs.