The GM protocol defines a "mapping" of sounds, associating a certain MIDI channel to each sound. This way a MIDI score obtained by using a certain kind of keyboard or module can be played by another module without the corresponding sounds getting modified.
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GM MODULES for the MASSES Our GM/XG/GS sound module roundup reveals some winners with general appeal.In the beginning there was MIDI. Well, actually, there wasn't; there was chaos, at least when it came to communication protocols for electronic instruments. With each manufacturer paddling its own canoe, the time was ripe for a new standard that would let synthesizers and sound modules speak to each another. The development