VirtualMidiSynth & configuring Winamp to get visualizations/volume control

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Joined: April 19, 2020 - 20:30
VirtualMidiSynth & configuring Winamp to get visualizations/volume control

I can get Winamp to pipe VirtualMidiSynth through it so I can use souddfonts when I play MIDI files but neither the Winamp volume control nor visualizations and LED/VU displays will work.  Is there a way to get Winamp to use VirtialMidiSynth with and get visualizations and the volume control functioing? Using latest versions of both programs, btw.

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Joined: March 25, 2012 - 01:19
Re: VirtualMidiSynth & configuring Winamp to get visualizations/volume control

AFAIK Winamp MIDI support is limited to drive MIDI stream to a configured MIDI Out port and nothing else.

Winamp volume control is limited to its "analog" outputs so, being this a MIDI stream sent to an external synth there's nothing Winamp can do to set its volume (other than intercepting Windows Mixer volume of VirtualMIDISynth.exe process... but I don't know if a plugin for that exists.

Another approach could be to "patch" the MIDI stream and send MIDI "volume controller messages" (like VanBasco does) but, again, Winamp won't don't allow this simply because it's an (analog) audio player.

As for the VUMeters: there's no "audio" coming out from Winamp, only a stream of mIDI messages; so there's no way for Winamp to "listen" to the rendered audio, thus can't drive a VUMeter.

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Joined: April 19, 2020 - 20:30
Re: VirtualMidiSynth & configuring Winamp to get visualizations/volume control

Thanks for the info.  I find VirtualMidiSynth useful and just wish I could use it with Winamp and still get the visualzations and working volume control.  I tried some of the midi soundfont plugins for AIMP and the sound is very off-balance with boomy, highly colored bass wheras VMS has a flat, neutral sound that I much prefer.  I wish someone would make a VMS plugin for Winamp but I fear WA's best, most active days are behind it.