Expander Softsynth or Other sound card

Discussion in 'comp.music.midi' started by David, Jun 13, 2003.

  1. David

    David Guest

    Hello ,
    I would like to buy an expander in order to listen my favorite midi files,
    but i'm not sure if i must take an external expander, a soft synthe or an
    other sound card.

    Who can help me to make a choice, where to buy ( i live in france ).
    Have you ever be suprise by the quality of an expander
    not to expansive...

    Sorry for my english And thank you for your Help



    David
  2. >I would like to buy an expander in order to listen my favorite midi files,
    >but i'm not sure if i must take an external expander, a soft synthe or an
    >other sound card.
    >
    >Who can help me to make a choice, where to buy ( i live in france ).
    >Have you ever be suprise by the quality of an expander
    >not to expansive...


    You don't tell us what sound card you're using. So it's impossible to
    say if a different one would be an improvement :)

    If you have a powerful machine, a softsynth could be good for you.

    More information about your present system, please?

    CubaseFAQ page www.laurencepayne.co.uk/CubaseFAQ.htm
  3. David

    David Guest

    Thank for your answer...
    My sound card is Muse Xl from Hercules ( Guillemot )
    with this card there is a soft synth witch is offer it 's Yamaha soft
    synth but the sound is not very good...
  4. Chris R. Lee

    Chris R. Lee Guest

    The least expensive expander seems to be the Roland JV1010.

    The problem is that you need software if you want to do anything more than
    play back using the built-in sounds, and that the bundled software has no
    manual. Also, Roland doesn't seem to have much by way of support in France.

    The 2 main shops in Paris are in a street that is better known for naughty
    ladies and related activities. Most big towns have shops full of computer
    music stuff; the only place I really know is Caen.

    According to some threads on this NG, this sort of equipment (hardware) is
    becoming obsolete, but I havn't seen any discussion of soundcards that would
    be direct replacements for traditonal expanders. One problem could be that
    really good sounds for big-name soundcards would be copied to the extent
    that there would be no commercial interest in this area.

    Regards


    "Laurence Payne" <l@laurenceDELETEpayne.freeserve.co.uk> a écrit dans le
    message de news: cjbjevg585hhceu2o6v15o3b74a43020ja@4ax.com...
    > >I would like to buy an expander in order to listen my favorite midi

    files,
    > >but i'm not sure if i must take an external expander, a soft synthe or an
    > >other sound card.
    > >
    > >Who can help me to make a choice, where to buy ( i live in france ).
    > >Have you ever be suprise by the quality of an expander
    > >not to expansive...

    >
    > You don't tell us what sound card you're using. So it's impossible to
    > say if a different one would be an improvement :)
    >
    > If you have a powerful machine, a softsynth could be good for you.
    >
    > More information about your present system, please?
    >
    > CubaseFAQ page www.laurencepayne.co.uk/CubaseFAQ.htm

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