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Step 4—Install two of the approved Creative Labs sound cards. Caution 1—you may be tempted to use just one sound card—don’t bother. Caution 2—you may be tempted, as I was, to send email queries to Creative Labs asking about their support for a second card—they don’t have it. In fact Creative Labs’ response to me was that they do not recommend two Sound Blaster cards on one PC. is makes sense only when you consider that they are mostly in the games-and-3D graphics business, not in the polyphony business. To me it’s a matter of physics—if you’re dealing with parallel phenomena (polyphony) it might help to use parallel processors.

Step 5—Restart your computer and run the kxdriver install software. During the installation Windows will tell you that the software is not veried by Microsoft; press ahead anyway. Windows will probably tell you that the gameports are being aected; press ahead. ere may be times when there is no indication that anything is happening. Wait an extra couple of minutes before powering o and trying again. Eventually your persistence may be rewarded with an “installation successful” message.

Step 6—Before you can play jOrgan you will need to load your chosen jOrgan’s soundfont into banks of both synthesizers of both sound cards (4 in all, but I have only succeeded in loading three). If you choose Allman’s Symphonic IV soundfont, at 238MB it is so big that you will rst have to change Windows’ PagedPoolSize to 0x. Since you are changing the Windows system be sure that you make a record of the previous setting before you make the change, just in case you need to go back to it someday.

How to load the sound banks is well documented in the kxMixer help menu. e kxMixer application is accessible through right-clicking the kxSymbol on the lower right of Microsoft’s command tray.

Verify that your speakers are working. Testing the speakers is well documented in the kxMixer help menu. Caution: you may have connected your speakers into your sound cards’ front speaker connector hole. is happened to me. e should have connected our front speakers into the back speaker hole. is latter issue is also addressed in the help menu.

  • ere is actually a toggle switch in kxMixer in case we forget.

Step 7—Start up jOrgan, select the disposition you want (I like Allman’s Symph IV-Sba) and change the sound sources to match your sound cards. ere are four sound sources in this disposition—Main A and B, and Swell A and B. You have four synthesizers on your two sound cards—Synth and Synth2 on [dd00] which corresponds to the two synths on your PC1 card, and Synth and Synth2 on [df00] corresponding to the two synths on your PC2 card. Using the “device” property of each of your sound sources, allocate your sound card synthesizers as you see t. ere is a fth sound source, called Test. It should not matter which synthesizer you assign to its device property.

Step 8—Start playing jOrgan and have a good time. ere will plenty of opportunity later on to connect your expression pedals, crescendo, etc. through the midi interface, but for now just take her out for a cruise!

Caution about Windows Media Player: You will probably be using Windows Media Player from time to time, maybe even re-playing recordings of yourself playing jOrgan. If you should ask Windows Media Player to play a midi le, it will turn o the midi-synth that you have worked so hard to install for jOrgan. is means you will have no sound next time you try to play a jOrgan Creative disposition. However, you can x this by going to kxMixer and turning your synth mixer back on.

Meanwhile you probably noticed that Windows used its own synthesizer soundfont, not yours, to play your midi le in Windows Media Player, so the recording didn’t sound right anyway. From now on just use Media Player for .wav les till we gure out how to tell Media Player which soundfonts to use for our jOrgan .mid les.

Revised 9/18/2010


Revised 9/18/2010

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