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(re: Setting up a 486 to play older (late 80’s -> early 90’s) Sierra games, and a question…) Josh,
I just did basically the same as you with a Pentium 1 that I’ve underclocked to 75Mhz. I went ahead and bought an MT-32 off E-bay a couple weeks ago. I’ve got it connected to my SB16 using a MIDI cable and am using the MT-32/SB MIDI driver (found on QuestStudios.com). I’ve been very pleased with the results even though the MT-32/SB MIDI driver doesn’t work with all Sierra games. I’m looking for a MPU-401 or compatible to finish out my system as well. I agree with one of the previous posts, the Roland SCC-1 makes a good choice since a lot of the newer games that are General MIDI compliant work well with it from what I’ve read on the Internet.
Edit – The SCC-1 isn’t a good replacement for the MT-32 because it doesn’t “do” LA synthesis…it just has the patches from an MT-32 along with the GM/GS patches. I assume this would work well with some games, but from what I’ve found out (and you may already know), Sierra games typically write out a lot of customizations to the MT-32 that I don’t think will do anything on an SCC-1. Over on QuestStudios forum, I’ve found several that are using the SCC-1 as the MPU-401 interface for their MT-32 so they get the best of both worlds (LA synth and GM/GS compatibility).
I found that I’ve quite enjoyed putting the system together…almost as much as I’ve enjoyed playing all the old Sierra games that I’ve kept all these years (almost, but not quite!).