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[Tutorial] Installing Munt (MT-32 emulation) on RPi 3

  • After much arguing with names, I've discovered the docs on the above web site link aren't quite correct for Linux. ROM names need to be uppercase:


  • Banned

    I read the title as tmnt there are no ninja turtles here ....:( I am off to bed

  • @sduensin Regarding performance of Munt on Raspberry Pi 3 - the sound sometimes jams a bit (timing between notes/sounds seems a bit off). The average CPU usage of Munt (shown by top) is around 40% (of a single core). I guess both Munt and Dosbox should be single threaded (or at least all the heavy processing should be done in a single thread), so Raspberry Pi 3 with its 4 core CPU should be able to run both apps in parallel (without affecting each other).
    I assume that jamming of the sound might be caused by very short and time critical CPU usage spikes of Munt (some heavy processing done by Munt that doesn't happen all the time, but when it happens it must complete in a very short amount of time to prevent sound from being crippled).
    Anyway with the described CPU governor tweaks Munt works IMHO quite well.

    And thanks for mentioning ROM file names - I have updated OP!

  • @david87 said in [Tutorial] Installing Munt (MT-32 emulation) on RPi 3:

    Munt works IMHO quite well.

    Heck yeah it does! Played a few titles in DOSBox on the Pi after getting it to work. Just amazing. This needs to be in the official RetroPie distro!

  • I have updated compiler flags (and added a list of flags that should work on other systems). With updated compiler flags sound seems to jam a bit less on Raspberry Pi 3.

  • Hey, David.

    Just a quick update on compiler flags.

    First, on ARM platforms, march and mtune are overridden by the flags set in -mcpu. Setting -mcpu=cortex-a53 will also select appropriate tune and arch flags.

    Second, -Ofast also enables -ftree-vectorize (auto vectorizing) and -ffast-math (which contains -funsafe-math-optimizations).

    Last, -mfpu and -mfloat are not supported options for GCC targeting ARMv8 (64 bit), so please be conscious of what ABI is being utilized by the underlying operating system.

    Cheers and thanks for helping spread the word about accessible retro sound.

  • Just had a go at this on my pi 3b+ running retropie 4.41... no dice :(

    It doesnt seem to show mt32 when i run the test to check munt has created the midi output port - when i run command: aconnect -o I get the following:

    pi@retropie:~ $ aconnect -o
    client 14: 'Midi Through' [type=kernel]
        0 'Midi Through Port-0'
    client 128: 'TiMidity' [type=user,pid=577]
        0 'TiMidity port 0 '
        1 'TiMidity port 1 '
        2 'TiMidity port 2 '
        3 'TiMidity port 3 '

    no sign of mt32 :( any ideas? The installation process all seemed to go through fine, no probs.
    If anyone has any helpful advice I'd be very grateful! Thanks

  • @nighthurdles Try opening another console session (e.g. another SSH session) and run /usr/local/bin/mt32d there.

    1. If this command will output error message and return to console, you will have a clue what needs to be fixed.
    2. If this command will display some messages and continue to run. Please go back to first console session and run aconnect -o again.
      2.1. If new MIDI port 'MT-32' will be displayed you have issue with starting Munt automatically (step 11. in OP).
      2.2. If no new MIDI port will be shown, try stopping TiMidity while running Munt.

  • So, I hit a snag at the point where I have to put the MT32 roms in the mt32-rom-data directory; the directory doesn't exist, and trying to create the directory manually gives me that the permission to create the directory is denied. Similarly, I don't have permission to edit rc.local.

    Any ideas?

  • @3DMaster You must create the directory /usr/share/mt32-rom-data (and place files there) and edit /etc/rc.local as root.
    If you don't know how, you can try using Midnight Commander for these actions.
    To install Midnight Commander run: sudo apt-get install mc
    To run Midnight Commander as root run: sudo mc

  • Considering to build a Munt-Pi (3B+). But I have some questions first:

    • Can I use the 3B compiler flags for the 3B+
    • Can I route the audio output via a Hifiberry or USB audio device? If so, how?
    • Can I input another audio source via a USB audio device (e.g. Sharp X68000 native audio), and mix it with the audio generated with Munt (from X68000 Midi) and have it both routed to the USB audio output?

    Thanks in advance!

  • @seren said in [Tutorial] Installing Munt (MT-32 emulation) on RPi 3:

    • Can I use the 3B compiler flags for the 3B+
      Most likely they will do.
    • Can I route the audio output via a Hifiberry or USB audio device? If so, how?
      You can either add -d name parameter when starting mt32d (step 11. in OP) to specify ALSA PCM output device. Or you can comment out dtparam=audio=on in /boot/config.txt to disable Raspberry Pi built-in sound card.

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