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Yamaha S-YXG50: A Software MIDI Synth with XG and GS Support

If you are looking for a software MIDI synthesizer that can emulate the sound of Yamaha XG and Roland GS devices, you might want to check out the Yamaha S-YXG50 VSTi plugin. This plugin was originally part of the Yamaha SOL2 package, but it was discontinued in 2003. However, thanks to a fan-made patch, you can now use it as a standalone VSTi plugin in any compatible host.

The Yamaha S-YXG50 VSTi plugin features 706 timbres (676 normal voices and 30 drum kits) that conform to the GM level 2 and XG standards. It also uses the official 4MB wavetable files from Yamaha, which provide high-quality sound samples. The plugin has a simple and intuitive interface that lets you adjust various parameters such as volume, pan, reverb, chorus, variation, and filter. You can also access some hidden settings by editing the ini file that comes with the plugin.

To use the Yamaha S-YXG50 VSTi plugin, you need to download the patch from this website and extract the syxg50.dll file to any directory. Then, you need to load it in your preferred VST host and set it as the output device for your MIDI files. You can also use it as a system MIDI synth by installing the VST MIDI Driver or the official Yamaha S-YXG50 WDM driver (for Windows XP only). For more details and instructions, please refer to the website mentioned above.

The Yamaha S-YXG50 VSTi plugin is a great way to enjoy the rich and expressive sound of Yamaha XG and Roland GS devices on your computer. Whether you want to play your favorite MIDI songs, compose your own music, or experiment with different sounds, this plugin will give you a lot of options and flexibility. Try it out today and see for yourself!



Yamaha XG and Roland GS are two competing extensions of the General MIDI standard, which defines a common set of sounds and controllers for MIDI devices. Both XG and GS aim to enhance the musical expression and realism of MIDI by adding more instruments, effects, and parameters. However, they are not compatible with each other, so MIDI files that use XG or GS features may not sound as intended on devices that support only one of them.

Fortunately, some devices and software can emulate both XG and GS modes, allowing users to enjoy MIDI files from different sources. One example is the Yamaha S-YXG50 VSTi plugin, which can switch itself into TG300B mode, which is an emulation of the Roland GS standard. This way, users can play MIDI files that bear the GS logo and compare them with the XG mode. Some differences between XG and GS include the use of different effects, such as the Leslie effect for organs in GS, or the increased bass for guitars in XG. Users can also adjust the balance and volume of each part in both modes.

Another example is the Roland Sound Canvas VA, which is a software version of the popular Roland Sound Canvas series of hardware sound modules. The Sound Canvas VA can emulate various models of Sound Canvas devices, such as the SC-55, SC-88, and SC-8820, which support different versions of the GS standard. Users can also customize the sound settings and effects of each device and save them as presets. The Sound Canvas VA can play MIDI files that use GS features and also some XG features, such as variation effects and insertion effects.

A third example is the Casio SW-10, which is a software synthesizer that supports only the General MIDI standard, without any extensions. The SW-10 has a simple interface that lets users select one of 128 instruments and one of 9 drum sets for each MIDI channel. The SW-10 also has some basic effects such as reverb and chorus. The SW-10 can play any MIDI file that does not use XG or GS features, but it may sound less expressive and realistic than devices that support those extensions.

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