GM Examples

Have you ever downloaded a GM MIDI file and tried to play it back on any non-GM keyboard? Sounds great, right? Nah, not so much! GM expects a certain sound to be linked to any of the 128 different “program changes” and if this doesn’t match with your particular setup, a piano sound could be played back as a hobo while the cool string bass will trigger some laser sound effect.

Here’s a rather long audio playlist with short examples of every one of the 128 GM presets so you can have a listen to what your “barking dog” preset 53 is really supposed to sound like. And maybe then you can find yourself a more suitable replacement for this tune you downloaded.

And as a bonus, here’s some exampled of various GM Dumkits…