What is the digital sound
database? How do I install a new version of the sound
While music is playing through the digital output, the program
computes the resulting sound in real time, by using sound samples
for each instrument.
These sound samples are packed in a file called the digital sound
There are several versions of the digital sound database. The
better the quality, the larger the file. The highest quality sound
database, called the Gold database, is only available on
To install a new digital sound database, use the installer, or
perform an automatic update from the software. You can install the
sound database "manually", however, by copying the sound database
file (called GMxxBase.rsr, where xx can be LT, ST, MP, SE... ) into
the "GMDigit" folder of the application.
When started, the application will find the new sound database and
prepare it to be used.
This file is copied then unpacked in the "GMDigit" folder of your
preferences. This operation can take a few seconds but is only
Thus, if you uninstall and install the application again, the best
quality sounds will be kept. Above this, the same sound database
will be used by all Myriad programs you installed (Harmony
Assistant, Melody Assistant, Melody Player).
Please note the medium quality sound database is automatically
installed when the software is installed from the CD-ROM.
How can I find out which version
of the digital sound database is being used by the
Open the information window about the software (?>About... on
Windows, Apple>About... on Macintosh).
If you see :
GMLTBase.rsr then you are using the light sound database, version
distributed before April 2000.
GMSTBase.rsr then you are using the extended version of the sound
database,version distributed before April 2000.
GMXTBase.rsr then you are using the medium quality database only
available on the MYRIAD CD-ROM, version distributed before April
From April 2000, two new sound database have been released, which
increases sound quality :
GMMPBase.rsr : Light sound database, ultra-packed to offer more and
GMSEBase.rsr : Complete sound database, (only available on
These last two databases can only be used with Melody Assistant
from version 5.1 and Harmony Assistant from version 7.1.
Finally, in September 2002, comes the High Quality Gold Sound
Satabase. This sound base increase drastically the sound quality.
It can be used with Melody 6.1 or Harmony 8.1.
How to change the default sound database the
The "Configuration>Sound base" menu option lists all the sound
databases currently installed. Select here the one you wish to be
How to use in
a score an instrument that belongs to another sound database than
the selected one?
Select the sound database you need the sound to be got from
("Configuration>Sound base"), then the instrument on your score
("Staff>Edit related instrument"). Select then "User-defined
sound" and OK.
Select now again your preferred sound database.
The "user-defined" instrument will always keep the sound you
selected, since the other instruments will use the sounds from the
current sound database.
What is the difference
between the Gold Sound Database and other sound databases in terms
For any of the digital instruments in a sound database,
there can be several samples. For example, a low-pitched note of a
piano does not sound the same as the stretched sound of a
high-pitched note. In previous sound bases (GMSEBASE, GMWEBASE,
GMLTBASE, etc), there was generally only one sample per instrument.
In the Gold Sound Database, most of the instruments are made of
twelve different sounds.
To reduce space and download time, old sound bases were packed.
This packing results in a loss of quality in the sound (breath,
distortion...). Sounds in the Gold Sound Database are not
At last, on top of all the sounds of the General Midi 2
specification, the Gold Sound Database provides additional sounds,
as well chromatic than percussive.
What happens if I make a
piece using the Gold Sound Database, then I send it to somebody who
does not own this sound base ?
The matching instruments in the sound database of this person will
be chosen instead of those you selected. A warning message will be
displayed to tell him that the result might be different from what
the author expected. However, sound database are designed to be
compatible. Of course, the overall quality will be poorer without
the Gold Sound Database.
What happens if I own the
Gold Sound Database and I load a piece that has been created
without it ?
When loading a .mus file created without the Gold Sound Database or
when importing a MIDI, ABC file, etc., instruments are converted
between old and new sound specification. You can define your own
conversion settings through "Configuration>Sound base>Define
preferred sounds". Of course, these settings do not affect the user
instruments in the file (if any).
Can I download the Gold
Sound Database ?
No. The Gold Sound Database is about 300 Mb long. Using a 28Kbps
modem, it would take about 30 hours to download...
I just installed the GOLD
sound database, but an old sound database is still used. What can I
In "Configuration>Sound base" menu option, select the GOLD sound