Windows 10: missing MIDI wavetable?



After upgrading to Windows 10, I discovered that the softwares I use to write music (Musescore, for example), are no longer able to carry out the reproduction of the music scores using theGS Wavetable Windows virtual midi interface, that allows software to play midi sequences also without a dedicated hardware.

VirtualMIDISynth

I have not yet found references , but it would seem that the wavetable is one the features that have been removed/changed in this latest Windows upgrade.

The solution is quite simple: install a third-party virtual midi driver. I chose Coolsoft’s VirtualMIDISynth.

It’s a userspace driver, with the possibility of loading different sound fonts.

Main features:

  • User mode multimedia driver, no reboots, no BSOD
  • Directly accessible as MIDI Out device, no need for virtual MIDI cables (like MIDI Yoke, LoopBe1)
  • MIDI mixer to set track mute/volume, accessible through systray icon while playing
  • Compact size (setup is ~900 KBytes)
  • No DLL cluttering, everything is self contained in System32/SysWOW64 subfolder
  • Clean installer, won’t affect other MIDI devices
  • Efficient RAM usage (allows using large SoundFonts, > 1GByte)
  • Virtually unlimited polyphony (limited only by CPU)
  • Load up to 30 SoundFonts and chain them
  • Load all of your soundfonts into list and enable/disable them at your will
  • Configure MIDI Mapper default device
  • Multilanguage dialogs.

The installation is very simple and consists of two steps:

  1. Downloading and installing the driver
  2. Downloading and configuring into VirtualMIDISynth a SoundFont (the ‘musical instruments’ that the driver will use for music playback).

I used the FluidR3_GM, downloadable from HERE

Once the installation process is completed, you will have to setting your music software to use the new interface VirtualMIDISynth.

That’s all!


Published: July 30 2015