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).
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.
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