Gm & Xg!!??

Discussion in 'General Sequencing' started by dontcallmehelga, Jan 9, 2003.

  1. dontcallmehelga

    dontcallmehelga New Member

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    Hey there...

    I'm sorry if this seems a really basic question but what's the difference between general midi and xg???

    What does it all mean!!!!
  2. metusrex

    metusrex New Member

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    gm is the standard vanilla collection of instruments that 99.9% of computer sound cards come with.

    xg on the other hand is a Yamaha-produced collection of midi instruments that offers much better sound quality and depth as opposed to the rather "flat" sounds of gm.
  3. JM32wz2

    JM32wz2 New Member

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    same here
  4. grinthorn

    grinthorn New Member

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    XG has many more sounds as well.
  5. midiprog2000

    midiprog2000 New Member

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    Hi Helga,

    In fact, GM or XG has nothing to do with the sound quality of the sounds. It is more like a convention of midi instructions. Basicly, it is developped to exchange midi files, so that the people who are playing the files hear the same instruments as the programmer selected. Remember, in midi language, we dont select a sound or instrument, we just send a program change number. All GM or XG devices asign the same instrument to the same program change number, and now we can select an instrument. Same goes for some controller messages.

    But it is right, XG is an extention of GM (developped by Yamaha), therefore offering more instruments and more controllers, resulting in a better sound of your files. But XG is backwards compatibel with GM, you can play any GM file on an XG device.

    Kind regards,
    Alain
    www.mididesign.be

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