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  Tuesday, 09 November 2021
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I came across this document on the Roland website yesterday while looking for GS specs.

http://cdn.roland.com/assets/media/pdf/INFOCUS01_MIDI.pdf

It's Roland's Introduction To MIDI. I found this part particularly interesting, as I did not know this until now.

General MIDI solves this since all General MIDI devices contain the same set
of 128 standard sounds and drum kit sounds, stored in a specified order.
Each product creates these sounds using its own unique capabilities, but the
goal is to make them all sound like the sounds in a Roland SoundCanvas.

The General MIDI sounds originally came from Roland’s SoundCanvas
sound module. These sounds did such a good job of meeting musicians’
needs they became the foundation of the General MIDI standard.
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I learned about the fact the 128 sounds are standards, but I thought that they were new sounds created for midi. I never know but the Roland Soundcanvas until I read your post honestly. Thanks for sharing the info!
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The SoundCanvas was the first General MIDI synthesizer, introduced on the same day that the General MIDI specification was ratified.
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