. Foobar2000 + foo_midi
plugin is a self-contained setup that doesn't depend on a sound card or drivers. The program comes with a few software emualation variants of the Yamaha OPL3. It supports most VST instruments, such as the Yamaha S-YXG50. I think it requires at the very least an XP SP3 system (won't work on SP1 or 2k).2
. Yamaha MidRadio
. A player with a VST instrument built in (S-YXG2006LE). It is in Japanese, which isn't a problem considering it's simple player. But the interface has some oddities that arise from the fact it's made for a foreign culture. Actually works on Windows 98 and up. English
version with an earlier S-YXG50.3
. VanBasco Karaoke Player
. A more featured player offering some control over the performance, such as visualizing and muting individual instruments. Does not include a synthesizer, and plays on whatever sound card is installed into the system.4
. A sequencer such as REAPER
would offer even more control and editing options, as well as rendering to an audio file.
Out of all synthesizers, the S-YXG50 (MU50 sample set) has the most balanced General MIDI sound set.
I have no idea which programs are compatible with Windows Eight. That's the price you pay for early adoption: you've got no software. The first two choices are highly likely to work, being standalone programs.