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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000202.txt from 2005/04

From: ormo2ndtoby@-----.net (Ormondtoby Montoya)
Subj: [kl] "MIDI" must have several meanings?
Date: Mon, 11 Apr 2005 18:57:27 -0400

OK (and thank you). Now I understand that the digital-to-analog
converter is the module within my sound card that I should care about.

Therefore my original comment is more accurately stated this way:

If I set Sibelius to use "Microsoft Synth WaveTable" and "X-MIDI" (which
deliver commands to my sound card's converter), then I receive the basic
instrumental voices that I expect from the 'average' computer program.

But if I set Sibelius's options to ignore the generic 'MIDI' path and to
use the "Kontact sound engine" instead, then Sibelius sends commands to
my converter that produce entirely different voices (which happen to be
almost identical to acoustic instruments played in my own living room).

Both paths use the same physical converter, yet they sound tremendously
different. Therefore I assume (perhaps incorrectly?) that Sibelius
could also use my sound card's converter to make different waveforms for
clarinets in A and C if it was programmed to do so, but it isn't.

And therefore buying a 'better' sound card won't change anything major
because "Kontact" isn't programmed to make different sounds for the two
instruments in the first place.

Do I understand correctly now?

Thanks,
Bill

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