[vcf-midatlantic] passing of MIDI developer

Dave McGuire mcguire at neurotica.com
Fri Jun 17 00:18:39 UTC 2022

On 6/16/22 20:14, Ethan O'Toole via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
> Arcade games used digital sound chips but AFAIK they weren't really a 
> midi interface between the board and chips. But might be simialr chip 
> that is in the midi synth modules in a few cases. Yamaha chips often. 
> Not sure if the arcade game development tools use midi -- I wouldn't be 
> surprised if they did (Stuff like Cakewalk?)

   There wasn't much crossover between those two worlds, at least not 
that I've seen.  It seems the majority of arcade games use very simple, 
not exactly high-fidelity (but still great!) sounds chips like the 
AY-3-8910 and -8912, sometimes multiple of them.  I'm sure you've seen 
those; the way they work it doesn't even make much sense to do 
development or prototyping with MIDI or synths from the music world for 


Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
New Kensington, PA

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