<snip>...my Choir oohs sound like half ooh - half xylophone. What the heck? Is anyone familiar with this problem? Am I blaming too much on MS Vista?
You should start by trying each of your available MIDI devices, one at a time, from Tools | Options. If this does not help, you lost access to one of your soundcard's MIDI synths during the upgrade. You should check the card manufacture's web site for Windows ME drivers, and then update your system with them.
Go to Tools | Options | Midi tab and, one by one, select from the available devices in the left pane, moving it to the right pane (there should be only one device in the right pane at any given time). This should help you find the device that you formerly used before volunteering as a microsoft beta tester. :-pAlternately, select Midi Mapper as your "device" (making this the only entry) and select the different available devices one by one in the Midi Mapper dialog (Control Panel | Multimedia | Midi tab | Single Instrument button).
<snip>-> In NWC, only select one driver for use by play back. DO not bother selecting the MIDI Mapper until you have successfully found which real device is the one you want. Once you find it, you can setup your system's MIDI Mapper to use that device as well (so the Windows Media Player will also sound good).
Depends... What MIDI output are you using?Check by looking in NWC: |Tools|Options|Midi (Tab)|"Devices used by play back"|If it's the "Microsoft MIDI Mapper" also check |"Control Panel"|Sounds and Audio Devices|Audio (Tab)|MIDI music playback| - What is the default device.
...It should run at least as well on Vista
I see no reason as yet for me to change to Vista; the problems reported in various forums make me agree with the concept of not using any new system until it has been out for a year or so and all the gremlins fixed..
'tis that last one that irks me (aside from not being able to use my Yam, that is). It means that no matter how good your synth is, NWC viewer won't use it - no way, no how! Neither will any other MIDI player that doesn't allow you to select your preferred MIDI device internally.(m$ - bring back MIDI mapper you "silly people")
It means that no matter how good your synth is, NWC viewer won't use it - no way, no how!
NWC Viewer Beta 2.20 now includes support for user selection of play back device.
<snip>This is true even for my daughter, who is an expert computer user (she has a small side business doing Web design) but couldn't figure out why the sound on her laptop was so lousy even when she plugged it into a decent set of speakers. After trying several other tacks, I convinced her to buy the SB standalone, and now she's happy as a clam (are clams happy?)
I do have Creative software installed however I cannot find anything about the sound font bank management. I have checked the online manual and haven't found it to be much help. -Gotta run for now.
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