2 Chamber Project
Notice: Miditzer now has a samper of nearly unlimited polyphony and the reason behind the article no longer exists.
The Wurlitzer Style 216 was originally was installed in two pipe chambers in theatres, Solo and Main. This Wurlitzer had the sound evenly divided into two pipe chambers on each side of the stage. We will be doing something similar with two SoundBlaster soundcards to recreate the chamber analysis and maximize polyphony for use with Miditzer.
One of the hidden treasures of the SoundBlaster Live/Audigy series of soundcards is the sampling capability of the EMU10K audio processor. This powerful processor is an exceptional value and is more powerful than most hardware based keyboards and samplers. We will be using the SoundBlasters to host the Cinema SoundFont digital samples.
The goal of this tutorial is to double the polyphony of your system for use with Miditzer. We will be installing two SoundBlaster Live soundcards into a Windows XP system. Each SoundBlaster Live is capable of 64 voices of polyphony, and with two our system will have 128 voices.
• Installing 2 SoundBlasters
• Controlling 2 SoundBlasters
• Cinema SoundFont Installation
• Connect the Audio
• Solo SoundBlaster Settings
• Main SoundBlaster Settings
• MIDI Output
• Chamber Layout
• Volume and Pan
For questions and help go to the Miditzer Forums
I should point out that we are going to assume that the reason you need more polyphony is because you are using 2 MIDI Keyboards (Solo and Accomp.) and MIDI Pedals.
Getting MIDI into your computer is not part of this tutorial, but I do recommend the MidiSport from M-Audio. You can get the MidiSport-2x2 for two inputs or the 4x4 for 4 inputs. On my system I’m using the MidiSport 2x2 for the keyboards and the SoundBlaster Live for the Pedals. (yes mine has a MIDI in) To setup your MIDI Input devices go to the MIDI Input tab in the Miditzer Settings panel.
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