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Roland SD-35 MIDI player alternatives?

Does anyone know if there are any modern devices that do the same thing as the Roland SD-35 MIDI player? It was a great piece of hardware for playing general MIDI files. If not, what is the best way to play GM files via a Windows laptop with a good quality sound module?


audiokid Thu, 01/13/2022 - 13:09

I updated your title to better attract search queries for you.

Thanks for the update. I’ve been programming midi since the 80’s and never knew what these players are or do. Do you simply download midi songs and mix the tracks to your sound libraries? 


audiokid Thu, 01/13/2022 - 14:30

I programmed about 1000 80's pop songs and should have archived the data for this, when it would have actually made me some money. I started out using Roland MSQ 700

Roland MSQ 700

then eventually did it all on the Akai MPC 60.

Akai MPC 60


I had boxes of floppy disc files that I recently tossed in the garbage because I didn't think I could have simply loaded the data into another sequencer to store it all as midi file data. duh. Well.. I also needed another MPC 60 because the data needed to start there to do a migration in real-time to another midi device. 

Hope you get an answer to your post. Please let us know if you do.


audiokid Thu, 01/13/2022 - 16:47

Sorry, I’m thinking more along the pro audio world for you.

The 2 images above are tools to make beats. They are called sequencers and you use them to program and store midi data. You use these to play digital music with other MIDI devices like keyboards, synthesizers and sample libraries. Big topic (fun!).

Studio One software is for recording tracks and also assigning a midi library via midi channels. You can assign these channels to sample libraries, drums, samples etc to have complete freedom on manipulating the audio.

Studio One is DAW software you install on Windows or Mac. 

miyaru Sun, 01/16/2022 - 23:43

Maybe from the likes of Yamaha, Korg and Wersi, there are more like this one from Roland. I don't know, but can imagen there is a market for it.......

MC208 Tue, 01/18/2022 - 13:31

In reply to by audiokid

I want something super simple, not a complicated DAW.. Something that can take the VST, and just make it easy to play MIDI files, with the easy ability to change the tempo, or key. Is there a simple MIDI player software for windows that can do that without it having to be a full blown DAW?