For classical music lover. This site is arranged according to composer's name. They also have a search engine.
MIDI File Archive New!
2275 Midi Files in 78 Megs, all arranged in different categories.
Music Home Page
Have you got brainwashed not enough? Well, I love these game music anyway.
Getting tired of those Top 40 from CD, radio and MIDI? Here are many original works for you to experience.
A good collection of Pop MIDI files. From ABBA to ZZTop, most comes with pictures of the artists, and there're rating for all the files. Go for this site if you really love Pop music.
From Abba to Yes, Many links to MIDI files are indexing from A to Z in this site.
- FTP Site
"Midia is a SOFTWARE ONLY midi file player for Silicon Graphics Indigo and Indy machines." This is the ftp site of its file archive. You can find some high quality MIDI files compressed in .tar and .gz fromat. Make sure you have a proper utility such as WinZip to extract them.
Original MIDI Ring
Yet another Web Ring. Currently 186 sites are in the Ring. Work hard and you may find some sites worthy enough for your precious time. However, I really can't guarantte anything. There are just too many sites in this Ring.
What do you really want? Quality or Quantity? Despite there are thousands of files out there, very few of them are really good for collection. There are not many files in this site, but the webmaster did a good job in picking the good ones.
A huge archive of MIDI files, 150 Megabytes of files in 8 major categories! This site is surely impressive!
News Groups: alt.binaries.sounds.midi
You need to decode these MIDI files post or save their binaries attachments. If you have Free Agent and WinZip, it would be a piece of cake. Now with ver 1.50 of MIDI Genie and Free Agent together, you can obtain all the files and listen to them with a breeze!
All sorts of information. Search engine for MIDI files. Buy and Sell hardware and software. You will see more after you visit this site.
One site with everything about MIDI, information about software, hardware, programming, and a discussion forum to communicate with other people.
Franke MIDI Files & Sound Samples
The former member of Tangerine Dream and feature composer for Babylon 5 music, definitely a master of electronic music. All files are authorized samples from Sonic Images Records. What a miracle :-)
Exactly like all the Web Rings you've ever seen. 57 composers with 57 sites are waiting for you to explore their original MIDI files. You can choose random jump or select sites directly from the list.
Wagner's Music Library
His original music is excellent and the pages are very interesting. Take a look at it, you won't feel disappointed.
An alternative way to improve the quality of MIDI sound with your FM soundcard if you really can't afford an upgrade to a decent card. It causes more workload in CPU and can not reach the performance level of a good wavetable card. However, it's still much better than the plain FM music of original Soundblaster 16 or before.
Virtual Sound Canvas
The virtual version of true Sound Canvas in software. VSC-88Me for MMX PC, VSC-550W for older PC. At the moment there is only a demo version of VSC-550W, which stops working after every 50 seconds, you can pause and then continue your player in this case.
It seems that this is the only one from an independent shareware developer, whose name is Hiroki Nakayama. The effect is quite good though. It also has a MIDI plyer included, but it is quite primitive in comparison with MIDI Genie IMHO.
Combat Simulations is dedicated entirely to military simulations and related hardware. The focus of their review is about recent trend in sound card industry - PCI sound cards. Specific reviews about some new PCI cards are available.
A ZDNet review (April 98) of 6 PCI based sound cards on the market. This is actually one section in their Getting the Best Sound Out of Your Computer feature, which contains almost everything that you can think of about MIDI and sound with PC.
Off! A Gamer's Guide to Sound Cards
Maybe you're not a gamer, but this detailed review (March 98) of 11 sound cards and some extra explanations for some jargons is definitely worthy for you to take a look!
Card Dream - Sound Card Reviews in Game Spot
The foucus of Gamespot is certainly in games, but they did review several sound cards that few pay attention to but still very important, one of them is Roland SCD-15, the only true sound canvas wave table duaghter card.
A review (December 97) for sound cards and speakers. This review from PC Magazine Online contains incredible amount of indepth information. It's a must see for anyone who's even slightly interested in PC audio scene.
Pro Real Audio Demos
Hear the MIDI sound of the best sound module from Roland in Real Audio. The "Orchestra" sample is especially impressive. No sound card can match its quality at the moment. This is the ultimate goal for all you true audiophiles with golden ears.
Sound Card Test Drive
This site offers sample wav files of different sound card in playing MIDI. Hearing is believing! Even the sample collection is far from complete, it's still a great service to all people. If you have a card which is not in this collection, you can contribute your wav file sample too!
All these card manufactures claim they have applied
wavetable technology in their cards, however their prices and qualities
are very different, so check the information around (company lines,
specifications, reviews, newsgroup discussions) carefully before you make
The new trend in soundcard now is PCI card. If you want support for Direct Sound 3D, DLS (Downloadable Sound), sound effect like reverb and chorus, and many other features, just don't rush out to buy a new ISA card now. Trust me, you need to check much more carefully before you proceed.
No one can ignore this largest sound card maker of the world.
Creative announced Sound Blaster Live!, a breakthrough long have been waited in their not much changing product lines. They are not alone in applying new technologies though.
When their major focus seems to be on 3D graphic accelerator, their efforts in sound card has produced a winner - Monster Sound MX200, this card has improved their weak point in wavetable quite dramatically. When the original monster sound card is alreay very suitable for gamers, this makes the card stands out even more.
Product Line New!
Even you may never heard of Edirol, you may have much more chances to know the name Roland. There're actually only 2 sound cards in this product page, but these 2 cards represents formal presence of Roland Sound Canvas in desktop PC and notebook computer. Since Sound Canvas is the defacto standard of music industry, these two cards are worthy to check even they're a bit dated: SCD-15 and SCP-55. If you ask for the best quality and cash is no problem for you, you can also consider the MIDI sound module such as SC-88 Pro. Don't feel depressed if you're not living in North America, there is a map links to their international subsidaries somewhere on one page of the site. Just go ahead and find it!
Home Studio Pro 64 is almost the sound card of the dream. It's for serious music maker really. For gamers there is Game Theater 64. The only drawback of Guillemot's cards is that they're only ISA based card for the moment. And some (must be one with golden ears) think their GS/GM wavetable sound is a bit 'thin'.
Product Catalog Cover Page
Their high-end cards are good enough for professionals. Don't check their feature product - Multisound Pinnacle, if you are not a serious musician or audiophile. On the other hand, TB is not that successful in low-end market after their merge with Voyetra. After the setback (sort of) of Daytona PCI and Malibu Surround 64, TB comes out with another PCI based soundcard Montego A3DXstream, which has recevid a much better response on the Web until now.
- Sound Cards & Daughter Boards
This famous musical instrument maker is also good in making wave table card, their card has the richest instruments set and sound effects of XG standard. Their stand alone card is SW60XG.
Yamaha announced two new cards:
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