DreamBlaster X2GS – A New MIDI Challenger?

Oct 2, 2021

Retrocomputing, Retrogaming, MIDI, How To

DreamBlaster X2GS – A New MIDI Challenger?

Retrocomputing, Retrogaming, MIDI, How To

Oct 2, 2021

Looking to give your system a MIDI boost? The DreamBlaster X2GS is a wavetable daughterboard that fits the Wave Blaster header present on many DOS-era sound cards.

The board itself is loaded with high quality instrument samples which it uses for MIDI playback, and it also has an officially licensed Roland GS soundbank – perfect for retro gaming and sounds very authentic versus 90s Roland synths like the SC-55, SC-88 etc.

Lastly it has an updatable soundbank – connect via USB and upload your own samples for custom MIDI playback.

Once it’s fitted, just configure your games to Sound Canvas, General MIDI or MPU-401 – the X2GS will spring to life and pipe beautiful MIDI music to your sound card’s audio output jack.

Specs from the official website:

DreamBlaster X2GS:

  • Wave Blaster compatible soundcard featuring dual soundbank support
  • Officially licensed, read-only 16MB Roland GS bank
  • Updatable user bank (up to 48MB)
  • Switch between X2GS bank and user bank using NRPN messages

Roland GS bank:

  • Full GM/GS implementation
  • 128 GM instruments
  • 180 variation instruments
  • More than 200 drum sounds in 15 drum sets + 1 SFX set
  • All samples are in 16bit quality
  • Official Dream/Roland License

Overall I’m really impressed with the X2GS. To my ear it sounds very close to original Roland Sound Canvas hardware – which means great audio for your DOS games!

To listen for yourself, find my full review on YouTube. Enjoy!

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