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Old 01-27-2011   #1
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AARGH!! Obsolete technology

When I had my old system, the soundcard (Creative Soundblaster) had something called a "game port" which is actually called a DA15 interface. I discovered that it was also used to feed MIDI data from external digital synths into the PC. I bought a DA15 to MIDI adapter at a local music store and that worked just fine to be able to play my Arturia virtual ARP 2600 synth with my real hardware synth.

Well, I just discovered that soundcard makers have stopped putting DA15 ports on their units which renders my 30 dollar MIDI adaptor useless. I'll have to drop anywhere between 39 and 60 bucks on a MIDI to USB adapter - probably closer to the 60 bucks. The cheaper ones have whats called high latency which means there is a noticeable delay between the moment I strike a key on the synth and when the ARP sounds that note.

DAMN obsolete technology!
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Re: AARGH!! Obsolete technology

Oh dear... those old D-Sub connectors are fairly out of fashion now. Is there no way the old SoundBlaster card could be salvaged from the old PC? Otherwise there's still a sound card or two on Newegg with D-15 "Game ports" for MIDI on them that are likely cheaper than your mentioned $60 USB dongle (and likely a lot less laggy than USB). Here's the list.

I personally have a Xonar D2X in my PC that came with a MIDI connector daughterboard and a breakout cable... then again I've got no use for it. (And I sure as hell did not pay that whopping $200 price point they have it at now)
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Re: AARGH!! Obsolete technology

I'm considering just that. I don't know what all went wrong with my old system but I'm willing to at least try installing the SB Audigy card in the new system. I still have the driver CD and all the other software that came with it although I never used all the bells and whistles (sorry about that pun) that came with the drivers on the CD. The worse that will happen is I'll find that whatever pulled down the HDD and RAM on the old system also cooked the soundcard.
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Re: AARGH!! Obsolete technology

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Are those what you are looking for? Some are like $5.
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Re: AARGH!! Obsolete technology

Those are the devices, but I've read the cheapies have a bad latency issue... like I said in my orig post, some have as much as 1/2 to 3/4 second latency times which is totally unacceptable while playing live against pre-recorded tracks.
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