(re: re: MT-32 ROM)
The difference is quite pronounced. The AdLib card used only FM synthesis, had 9 voices and they weren’t stereo. Although excellent for the time, the sound now seems decidedly tinny and nowhere like real instruments. The MT-32 is an external MIDI sound module that uses wavetable synthesis (actual recordings of actual instruments). It has 32 stereo voices and, even after 15 years, sounds amazing. Out of all the sound cards I’ve had, I still think it sounds awesome. Much better than even the SB Live! or Audigy. (The only thing equally good IMHO is the Gravis Ultrasound — of which I have 2 lying around).
An AdLib rendition of Sierras Silpheeds level 1 theme music.
An MT-32 rendition of Sierras Silpheeds level 1 theme music.