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SoundBank is our central audio download area. Here we amass the example audio files that accompany some of the monthly Sound On Sound product tests. Most audio examples come in MP3 file format and might need to be saved to your computer's hard disk before they can be auditioned (using your browser or an MP3 player of your choice).

Yamaha XG

Part 1
Example 1
Example 2a
Example 2b
Example 2c
Example 2d
Example 3a
Example 3b
Example 3c
Example 3d
Example 4a
Example 4b
Example 4c
Example 4d
Example 4e
Example 4f
Example 4g
Example 5a
Example 5b
Example 5c
This is a Standard MIDI File (Type 0) in XG format, which has been designed to work with sixteen-part multitimbral modules. This file will make sure that all the voices, effects, and synthesis parameters are set exactly as they were on the Yamaha QY700 which generated the audio examples. However, the sound generated by your own XG module may differ a little from the MP3 audio examples given here, because of differences between the capabilities of the different XG sound chips available. Effects send and return levels in particular seem to require adjusting when transporting XG MIDI files between modules.
Part 2
Example 1a
Example 1b
Example 1c
Example 1d
Example 1e
Example 2a
Example 2b
Example 2c
Example 2d
Example 2e
Example 2f
Example 3a
Example 3b
Example 3c
Example 4a
Example 4b
Example 4c
Example 4d
Example 4e
Example 5
Example 6a
Example 6b
Example 6c
Example 6d
Example 6e
MIDI File part 2
Part 3
Example 1a
Example 1b
Example 1c
Example 1d
Example 1e
Example 1f
Example 2a
Example 2b
Example 3a
Example 3b
Example 3c
Example 4a
Example 4b
Example 4c
Example 4d
Example 5a
Example 5b
Example 5c
MIDI File part 3

Creative Synthesis with Yamaha XG

There are lots of XG-format synthesizers in home studios, but their General MIDI heritage discourages many owners from using them. However, there's life in your XG module yet if you're willing to explore its hidden depths.

Reviewed April 2004

 

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