Comparison of MIDI standards
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This table provides summary of comparison of various MIDI enhancement standards by various parameters.
|MT-32||GM||GS||XG level 1||XG level 2||XG level 3||GM level 2|
|Minimum equipment requirements|
|Simultaneous voices||8 or more (up to 32 partials)||24||24||32||64||128||32|
|Simultaneous melodic voices||N/A||16||16||N/A
XG synths have no separate limits on melodic / percussion sounds
|Simultaneous percussion voices||8||8||16|
|MIDI channels allocation||8 channels, 1 rhythm channel||16 channels, #10 is fixed for percussion||16 channels, one channel can be set to play drum kits||16 channels, every channel can play drum kits with Bank Select MSB (CC#0) set to 7FH||32 channels, 2 ports, drums as in XG level 1||64 channels, 4 ports, drums as in XG level 1||16 channels, #10 and #11 are used for percussion|
|Channel recommendations||#1: melody; #2: melody (duet); #3: bass; #4: pad; #5: riff; #10: drums|
|Sounds banks available|
|Drum kits||1||1||8 + 1 SFX kit||9 + 2 SFX kits||34 + 2 SFX kits||35 + 2 SFX kits||9|
|Drum sounds per kit||30||47||61||72||61|
|Special CC||2||6 (MT32+4)||6 (GM)|
|Parametric effect CC||4||5||16 (GM+11)||51 (GM+46)||12 (GM+7)|
|RPNs||0||5||6 (GM+1) |
- TheWhippinpost article on MIDI XG STANDARD
- Special CCs are CCs that don't correspond to the parameter of any particular effect. Most usually they represent special one-shot control commands for the device (these ones are usually represented by a button on a console), or used internally for bank selection, RPN or data entry, etc.
- youngmonkey Roland MT-32 MIDI/SYSEX reference
- Parametric CCs (also known as continuous controller) correspond to the parameter of some particular effect (i.e. depth, strength, delay of effect, etc). Such CCs are usually represented by a rotating knob or fader in mixers.
- MMA MIDI Message Tables: Table 3a: Registered Parameter Numbers
- Yamaha Corporation (1996). "Yamaha XG format specifications, v1.26" (PDF). Archived from the original on 2006-09-26. Retrieved 2008-04-23.
- Yamaha Corporation (1999-02-02). "Recommendations for producing XG song data, v2.00" (PDF). Archived from the original on 2006-09-26. Retrieved 2008-04-23.
- Roland Sound Cards, an extensive guide to various models and their capabilities
- GM modules for the masses, a comparison article