Putzlowitsch's Vista MIDI Mapper Control Panel

v0.93 © 2007 by Ingo

Condensed from Windows Vista und der MIDI-Mapper

Microsoft has removed access to the MIDI Mapper in the Control Panel Sound applet. When no MIDI Out device has been assigned, WIndows defaults to the "Microsoft GS Wavetable Synth" synthesizer. The core of its 3MB gm.dls file uses sounds licensed from Roland, including the 16-bit GS sound set "with" 226 melodic instruments + 9 drums. The sound of which is not very high quality. One alternative is to use an external sound module or a high-quality wavetable addon boards such as the Roland SCB-55 or the Yamaha DB-50XG. Even the original Creative Wave Blaster sounds better than the "Microsoft GS Wavetable Synth".

In addition, this also means that there is no longer easy access to change MIDI out devices. For those wishing to use an MT-32 or Munt, they can not choose the proper MIDI out device to hear the MT-32 sounds. There is a MIDI Mapper in Vista that can be changed by a registry edit, but this obviously is not a satisfactory answer. For a better solution "Ingo" has made a small control panel applet. Now you no longer need to be dependent on the "Microsoft GS Wavetable Synth" on Vista.

Putzlowitschs Vista MIDI Mapper Control PanelDownload from putzlowitsch.de:

ZIP File Putzlowitsch's Vista MIDI Mapper Control Panel 0.93 (ZIP File) [50kB]

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ZIP File Putzlowitsch's Vista MIDI Mapper Control Panel 0.93 (ZIP File) [50kB]

Just unzip into your "C:\Windows\System32" directory. Putzlowitsch's Vista-MIDIMapper will be found in the "More Options" of the Control Panel or directly from the Control Panel Classic view. 64-bit users need to select "View 32-bit Control Panel Items". A drop down list will display all registered MIDI Out devices on the system. Simply select the one desired and click "Apply" or "OK" to use the selected device.


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