The 15-pin connector on the back of a standard sound card can be used as a Musical Instrument Device Interface, or MIDI port.
This port is designed to take digital signals produced by MIDI compatible instruments, such as a synthesizer, and record or play back the sounds through the computer.
Using the MIDI format, sounds can be created in one of two ways:
Using this technique, instrument sounds are created by small hardware devices called oscillators.
Synthesizers often utilize this technique. Because the sounds are produced entirely through electronics, they sound noticeably artificial.
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