External MIDI Modules

In this section is a list with the current external MIDI devices I currently own.

Akai SG01k GM Sound Module (Unit only)

  • Audio chipset: Akai S3000
  • ROM size: 8 MB
  • Instruments/Drumkits: 189/? (GM)
  • Polyphony: 32
  • Year of introduction: 1995

Alesis NanoSynth (Boxed)

  • Audio chipset: Alesis
  • ROM size: 8 MB
  • Instruments/Drumkits: 640/9 (GM)
  • Polyphony: 64
  • Year of introduction: 1997


Anteg EasyMidi EM-100 (Unit only)

  • Audio chipset: Dream SAM9503
  • ROM size: 4 MB
  • Instruments/Drumkits: 317/17 (GM)
  • Polyphony: 48 (34 with all effects on)
  • Year of introduction: 1999


Casio GZ-50M GM Sound Module (Unit only)

  • Audio chipset: Hitachi HG51B155FD-1
  • ROM size: 2 MB
  • Instruments/Drumkits: 128/8 (GM)
  • Polyphony: 32
  • Year of introduction: 1998


Creative Midi Blaster MB10 (Boxed)

  • Audio chipset: Creative
  • ROM size: ? MB
  • Instruments/Drumkits: 128/1 (GM) *
  • Polyphony: 20
  • Year of introduction: 1993

* Because this module has only 20-voice polyphony, it is officially disqualified as a GM device (requires 24 at least)

   


Doepfer GMX-1 General Midi Sound Module (Unit only)

  • Audio chipset: Dream SAM8905
  • ROM size: ? MB
  • Instruments/Drumkits: 128/6 (GM)
  • Polyphony: 20*
  • Year of introduction: 1992

* Because this module has only 20-voice polyphony, it is officially disqualified as a GM device (requires 24 at least)


E-MU Sound Engine Music Module (Unit only)

  • Audio chipset: E-MU 8805
  • ROM size: 4 MB
  • Instruments/Drumkits: 384/64 (GM)
  • Polyphony: 32
  • Year of introduction: 1993


Hammond GM-1000 Sound Module (Unit only)

  • Audio chipset: V.A.S.E. (Versatile Advanced Sound Engine)
  • ROM size: 8 MB
  • Instruments/Drumkits: 368/9 (GM)
  • Polyphony: 32
  • Year of introduction: 1994


Korg NS5R AI2 Synthesis Module (Unit only)

  • Audio chipset: Ai2
  • ROM size: 12 MB
  • Instruments/Drumkits: 1049/31 (GM) *
  • Polyphony: 64
  • Year of introduction: 1997

* This module features an internal waveblaster compatible header, so support for a Yamaha XG board is possible. In fact, the NX5R comes with a Yamaha DB51XG daughterboard by default.

 


Korg X5DR AI2 Synthesis Module (Unit only)

  • Audio chipset: Korg Ai2
  • ROM size: 8 MB
  • Instruments/Drumkits: 430/8 (GM)
  • Polyphony: 64
  • Year of introduction: 1995


Midiplus MiniEngine USB (Boxed)

  • Audio chipset: Dream SAM2635
  • ROM size: 1 MB
  • Instruments/Drumkits: 287/8 (GM)
  • Polyphony: 64
  • Year of introduction: 2016 (?)

 


Roland CM-32L LA Sound Module (Boxed)

  • Audio chipset: Roland
  • ROM size: 1 MB (2 x 512kB)
  • Instruments/Drumkits: 128/1
  • Polyphony: 32
  • Year of introduction: 1989


Roland MT-32 Multi Timbre Sound Module (1st gen., Boxed)

  • Audio chipset: Roland
  • ROM size: 0.5 MB (1 x 512kB)
  • Instruments/Drumkits: 128/1
  • Polyphony: 32
  • Year of introduction: 1987


Roland PMA-5 Personal Music Assistant (Unit only)

  • Audio chipset: Roland
  • ROM size: ? MB
  • Instruments/Drumkits: 306/16 (GM/GS)
  • Polyphony: 28
  • Year of introduction: 1996


Roland SC-7  Sound Canvas (Unit only)

  • Audio chipset: Roland
  • ROM size: ? MB
  • Instruments/Drumkits: 128/6 (GM)
  • Polyphony: 28
  • Year of introduction: 1992


Roland SC-33 Sound Canvas (Unit only)

  • Audio chipset: Roland
  • ROM size: 2 MB
  • Instruments/Drumkits: 226/8 (GM/GS)
  • Polyphony: 28
  • Year of introduction: 1992


Roland SC-55 Sound Canvas (Mark 1, GM/GS front, Unit only)

  • Audio chipset: Roland
  • ROM size: 3 MB
  • Instruments/Drumkits: 317/9 (GM/GS)
  • Polyphony: 24
  • Year of introduction: 1991


Roland SC-8820 Sound Canvas (Boxed)

  • Audio chipset: Roland
  • ROM size: 24 MB
  • Instruments/Drumkits: 1608/63 (GM/GM2/GS)
  • Polyphony: 64
  • Year of introduction: 1999

 


Roland SC-8850 Sound Canvas (Unit only)

  • Audio chipset: Roland
  • ROM size: 32 MB
  • Instruments/Drumkits: 1640/63 (GM/GM2/GS) *
  • Polyphony: 128
  • Year of introduction: 1999

* This module is somewhat (unofficially) compatible with the Yamaha XG standard, albeit very limited.


Yamaha MU2000EX Tone Generator (Unit only)

  • Audio chipset: Yamaha AWM2
  • ROM size: ? MB
  • Instruments/Drumkits: 1396/58 (GM/GS/XG)
  • Polyphony: 128
  • Year of introduction: 1999


Yamaha TG100 Tone Generator (Unit only)

  • Audio chipset: Yamaha YMW258-F
  • ROM size: 2 MB
  • Instruments/Drumkits: 192/10 (GM) *
  • Polyphony: 28
  • Year of introduction: 1992

* This module uses 12-bit samples instead of 16-bit.