Vista MIDI Tool
"Fix" your default MIDI output device.
Download (requires .NET 2.0).
What's this for?
It can be used to change the default MIDI output device.Vista's sound subsystem has changed. Whilst this is generally a good thing, some things are noticably missing, such as - at least, in my sound card's case - hardware MIDI support. In fact, the MIDI support is still be there, but unlike on XP where the MIDI output device could be picked from the control panel Vista doesn't appear to provide such an option.
Does it work?
Under previous versions of Windows, device 0 would be the MIDI mapper. Thus, a program could use MIDI device 0, and the mapper would pick which MIDI output device to send your output to.
Under Vista (at least on my machine) there is no MIDI mapper and so the software MIDI synth appears as device 0. Therefore an app using device 0 will still use the software synth. If it uses the default device (-1) it should end up using whichever device you selected using this tool.
On Vista a number of games that use MIDI (Doomsday Engine, Chocolate DOOM) produce no sound at all for me at time of writing, regardless of setting.
How do you use it?
Double-click "Vista MIDI Fix.exe", pick your hardware MIDI device from the dropdown box, click OK.
You might (?) need to be logged in as an administrator. You shouldn't need to run the software as an administrator; it works for me without any UAC prompting. Source is included. This is just a crude front-end to what boils down to changing a single registry setting.
Where's my hardware MIDI device? (Creative)
I have a Creative Audigy Value. Creative's Vista drivers do not (at the time of writing) appear to support hardware MIDI!
It might work if you run the drivers in XPSP2 compatibility mode, when I tried this I got some extra features that I didn't get when I installed them straight, but was still missing tools.
The best solution is to install the XP drivers from your original CD-ROM bundled with your sound card. There are some pros and cons to this method, not sure what applies to other cards (just the ones I've noted).
- Hardware MIDI support ("SoundFont bank manager").
- Speaker bass boost and redirection ("Creative Speaker Settings").
- Graphical equaliser.
- Ability to enable 96kHz/24-bit mode ("Device Control").
- CMSS doesn't work.
- Common Features
- EAX console.