Sorry for all the probable inconvenience. I'm apparently infected by Win32.Yahaa.d@mm (or something identical) virus.
Interestingly, the infection was partial. My system took no damage and no registry records were changed. However, it managed to sneak into OE and duplicate itself to each entry in my address book (that's hundreds!) One of my identities got lots of virus e-mails from another one and vice versa...
Reading the virus definition on the BitDefender website, I got panicked and killed an innocent registry record, which cost me disabling all .exe files' execution. That's why, I had to re-install Windows and most of my programs. (I've been doing that for the last 11 or so hours!). Now, I'm clean and protected --hopefully.
Moral of the story:
I always check POP e-mail with a freebie called POP Corn, which lets you delete SPAM and suspicious messages at the server. It can only read plain text, so you cannot get infected using it. At the time of infection, I was chatting with a friend, who e-mailed me a clean file. I felt sleepy and lazy, so, instead of checking with POPCorn first, directly downloaded the messages into OE. My antivirus wasn't activated, either. OE6 seemed not to get tricked and warned me about the attachment and I didn't let it run. However, it found its way into the system.
I learned my lesson now, and I'm much more precautious than before. Now, to sit down and post hundreds of "apology spam".
Shame!!! It's the first time I got infected. I had even survived the Win95.CIH aka Chernobyl frenzy...
You can use this method if you have a full duplex soundcard and Winamp 2.x installed in your system.
In Winamp, go to Options > Preferences and configure Winamp2 MIDI plug-in v2.63b as demonstrated at the screenshot. Make sure Use DirectSound, Send to DSP and Send to Output options are unchecked. I prefer 48 kHZ 16 bit Stereo as output format but you can manipulate it upon your hardware capabilities and/or preferences.
Restart Winamp after having completed the configuration. Your wave file will be saved to the folder specified during the configuration, as you play the midi file, with the same name.
After completing your recordings, redo the configuration and uncheck Write WAV files to: option leaving the others unchanged for future usage. Don't forget to restart Winamp for changes to take effect.
Since MIDI to WAV conversion is a frequently discussed topic on the Forum, I hope this won't be considered off-topic.
PS: Tested and approved on my PIII-550/128MB/W98SE system with SB Live! Platinum + General User GS 1.35 SF Bank.
Many of us must have wished to widen the range of special endings over more than one measure. At least I did and since I didn't have the chance to wait for the wish come true, I figured out a workaround.
Make a second staff and fill it with either the exact data of the original or with rests. One thing is important: the beats have to be simultaneous.
At the point of question, alter the time signature as implemented in the example file and play with the visibility options of the special endings as necessary. Make sure you set the Upper Vertical Sizes of the two staves to the same values.
Consult the file, since it would express much more and better than my poor language.
PS: A real music file utilizing this tip will soon be submitted to the Newsgroup
First of all, you should be using the correct MIDI port with NWC. Go to Tools > Options > MIDI; remove anything on the right panel by double-clicking; now again by double clicking, add the following devices from the left panel in this order:
A: SB Live! MIDI Synth
B: SB Live! MIDI Synth
Creative S/W Synth and the rest (if any)
If you wish your external midi players (Winamp, Vanbasco, WMP, Noteworthy Player etc.) to use the sound font enabled device, too, then run Control Panel > Multimedia > MIDI and select A: SB Live! MIDI Synth as the preferred device.
Now, let's find some soundfonts and use them.
Instead of loading singular instruments, I recommend installing a full set such as General User GS which I use. Let's install it together as an example:
Run the Soundfont applet, which lies on your Creative Launcher > Audio HQ or Start > Programs > Creative > SB Live! > Audio HQ. The 4 MB EMU sf set must have been already installed there. Select it and click "Replace..." Locate the GUGS set on your HD (it should have been unpacked) and load it. Before that, don't forget to increase your "static caching" to -say- 35 MB. Now, you have installed a full set of GM/GS instruments using several banks.
Let's suppose that you don't like one or more instruments from GUGS (I don't). Say, you found a better solo viola than that included with it (I did!). You can replace one or more instruments within a set. Let's go to "Configure Instrument" tab. From the "select instrument" dropdown list find Viola. Click "Load" and locate your new Viola on our HD. Viola! You have replaced a single instrument within a set.
Let's go further and install the wonderful Jeux Organ soundfont set. We need to find an appropriate (empty) bank to load it. Go to "Configure bank" tab; find an "Empty" bank in the bi("Select Bank") dropdown list and click it. Now "load" your Jeux following the same procedure you've done twice so far.
What about acessing Jeux from NWC?
From "Staff Properties > Instrument" or "Insert > Instrument", check "Controller 0" and set its value to the bank number you have just installed Jeux. (In my case, it's 40.) Now, set the patch list to either 0 based or Jeux if you already manipulated nwcpatch.ini as required. So that you can select your desired instrument.
I hope the examples make it clearer. Refer also to the screenshots and don't hesitate contacting me for further assistance.
The new WinXP drivers of SB Live! enable independent usage of the A: and B: synths, which means that you can load and access seperate soundfont banks with the two ports. Given that you have enough system RAM, that's a really useful feature. However, it's not sufficiently documented. Thanks to Kenneth Rundt at the Soundfont Newsgroup, who pointed it.
MIDI Mapper configuration slightly changed with XP. You'll need to follow this route:
Control Panel > Sounds and Audio Devices > Audio
Win XP also provides a MIDI port named "Microsoft GS Synthesizer".
PS: General User GS soundfont set can be downloaded for free from Original SoundFont Banks, where a tutorial on installation also exists.