Yes, I've noted your comment regarding the MT-32 and MT-32 midi files. I'll try to sort something out.
No, we don't want to hijack that thread, but the 'Private Message' system here DID work, but seems no longer to (as far as I can tell).
I've been back to the site regarding the Adventure Games (Sierra) and I have downloaded one of the files to try, as it sounds musically interesting as well as being MT-32 - the file regarding the Robin Hood game. BUT, the midi file is 539k, and this is too big for the usual system I use to play fide files. This file plays over 1 hour, and is ALL the music for the game, so the file size is not a big surprise. I have at least a couple of other older systems on that computer (it's a Pentium 75 which still had ISA slots so it will accept the Roland card - more modern machines do NOT have ISA slots) but they also might not take a file of that size. The file includes about 18k of SysEx code for the extra sounds, I'm working on extracting that code so it can be loaded separately, but even so things might be too tight. I've got an old DOS system called EZ Midi Pro which says it can take up to 16 Mb midi data, but this may well be dependant on memore installed and how it's configured so I'll need to check that out.
If these don't work, I have another option. I have a midi playback system that I wrote myself (still really a 'work in progress', but it works fine for normal files) and this is NOT RAM based, but loads the midi file into indexed database files (.DBF type) as that was the sort of thing I was using for my professional programming work. So this would have no problem with a midi file of this size, or even MUCH bigger? BUT, among the things not yet 'finished' would be anything to handle the SysEx data, so I'll need to sort this out to load separately.
See how this all goes.
Years ago when I was looking at that site before I did download a single file for one of the Police games, as the music for that was created by Jan Hammer. I remember that that worked fine, incl the 'special' sounds for the MT (or in my case, the LAPC-I card). Yes, definitely Jan Hammer music, I've got an old LP of his synth work somewhere. There are versions of 'Crockett' from one of the TV shows which is Jan Hammer about as well.
The MT-32 (and compatibles) was pretty much designed for this sort of thing, and the people who did the music were pretty good at using the facilities. The system comes with 128 sounds in ROM, and RAM space for a User Bank of 64 more. The 128 sounds available for use are accessed via a table in RAM, the default setup merely has sound 1 in the table point to sound 1 in the ROM, and so on. BUT, if you have new sounds loaded into the User RAM, you just alter the table so that certain normal sounds are replaced with a link to the User RAM area.
The MT-32 is NOT GM compatible. It has a more limited range of sounds. However, a number of the sounds come in different versions, some of which sound better than others, depending on the number of components ('partials') used. If you're creating a piece of music, and you need to use - say - a piano you can use a high quality version of the sound (using 4 partials) if this part will be prominent, or a much lower quality version (i.e. 1 partial) for a sound playing in the background.
I've got a User Bank for GM - this loads in 64 extra sounds to add the sounds not already there for GM compat, and adjusts the link table to suit. I have used this and it works fine, but I'd not bother now as I have my more recent units/modules that are fully GM compat by default, so no need to mess about.
I've got a number of midi files that are config for MT-32, most of these play fine right off, i.e. no need to load new sounds. These still sound pretty good. Way back, someone spend a lot of time adjusting the patches selected, volums levels, etc to get things to sound 'right' and if the sounds were converted to GM they might not be quite the same so I leave them as they are. There's a great version of the ELP song PIRATE, there's a very nice piece of Indian sounding music called 'PRINCESS' that I like a lot. Also worthy of mention is a piece I good way way back ( maybe even via Compuserve) called 'GATEWAY to EVERON' or something like that - simple start and build up gradually. I think I've also got a couple of JM Jarre tracks in old MT32 versions, still sound good even compared to much fancier GM or even XG versions.
Too much information??