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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!).
Enjoy!
GeoffP