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Pure speculation on my part but from what I know about the 555 chip a "gunshot" is a pretty easy sound to make with a basic electronics setup. After a siren it's one of the first sounds people make when they're learning how to create sound effects using electronics. For instance: http://www.555-timer-circuits.com/machine-gun.html


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I can't comment on why the committee decided on those particular sounds as I wasn't there, but I will say that gunshot sound effects are very common in musicals, and until recently it was common for any kind of timing sensitive sound effect to be in a synthesizer book. Now we have laptops and software like QLab so it's more practical for it to be fired from ...


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The General MIDI sound set was influenced by what was implemented by existing sound modules. Since musicians were expected to program their synthesizers anyway, the application where standardization of a sound set would make the most sense was games. At that time, the most widely used device was the Roland MT-32 or its compatible modules. The original MT-32 ...


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The MIDI Manufacturer's Association released the General MIDI Specification for hardware sample players and sample-based keyboard synthesizers in 1991. Read about it at the Wikipedia article, which includes reference links to the actual published specifications. I do not think there is a definitive answer to your question. I believe the industry committee ...


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I have "researched" quite a bit and collected some interesting examples, see below. As can be seen, we have a huge geographical impact, France (I have numerous additional examples) seemed especially fond of the backward-7 notation, keeping it up to the middle of 19th century, while the Bach autograph from ca. 1723-1730, the Walsh print of 1795 and the ...



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