Short for Musical Instrument Digital Interface, a standard for connecting electronic instruments (including computers)

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Software for microtonal MIDI?

I'm looking to make some microtonal music (19/22 tone equal temperament). I want to produce it with midi. Timidity++ used to be able to produce a WAV file from a microtonal tuned .MID file, but it is ...
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Are there any MIDI extensions that allow quarter tones?

It'd be nice to be able to use MIDI for more diverse music than just that based on western scales. Are there any MIDI extensions that support quater tones, or other sub-semi-tone pitch divisions? I ...
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Is there such a thing as a silent drum set?

One can learn to play the piano on an electronic or midi keyboard with closed headphones without waking up the roommate. Is there anything equivalent for drumming? Some sort of nearly silent drum ...
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Why were sound effects like the gunshot included in the General MIDI (GM) standard?

I recently learned about the general MIDI standard and one thing that I cannot understand is the last sound effect is always a gunshot. Most of the other effects like applause, telephone ring, and ...
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Transcribing a Standard MIDI File to sheet music

I have a couple of nice guitar midi files that I would like the scores for; is there any software out there that can do this sort of conversion, and output it as a PDF file? Thanks
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Where am I going wrong in interpreting this MIDI string?

I have been making some basic MIDI files (based on one created by an app) and they are not behaving exactly as I expected. Take the following string: 00 90 36 50 00 39 50 00 3B 50 00 3E 50 9F 7F B0 ...
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What's the purpose of the key signature information in a MIDI file?

My understanding is that MIDI files use fixed numbers/names for all notes, as shown e.g. in this chart. At the same time, MIDI has a "key signature" meta-event. What's the purpose of the key signature ...
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Can you get the raw signal from a divided, or hexaphonic, pickup?

I'm really into programming and signal processing and have been looking for a way to get a truly divided signal from each string on an electric guitar. The problem is I don't want the signal to be in ...
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Two consecutive midi note-on of the same pitch misbehaving

I am currently writing a haskell program that imitates the play of a human Guitar player and spits out Midi events. As a Guitar I am using a sampled Telecaster on Fluidsynth/Qsynth. To mimick a ...
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How do I use my computer as an amp and effects processor

I have an electric guitar and an m-audio preamp-usb and would like to use my laptop to record music as well as listen to what I am playing. I would also like to use it as an effects processor. Ι have ...
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How to decode this CSV from a MIDI file?

So I decoded a midi file using a MIDI to CSV converter I found online. The ouput is : 2, 3072, Note_on_c, 1, 26, 96 After reading on MIDI format, I still don't understand what I see here. What ...
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Production techniques for adding electronic elements to rock

I've been working for a year on home recording and I kept all my sounds "pure" so I didn't mix my songs a lot. However, I notice that a lot of bands use synthesizers or even complete electro mixes as ...
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Sibelius midi export makes things complex

I have a simple song that when I export to midi it becomes very complex could someone tell me what is causing Sibelius to do this? Orignal Midi Export
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Mac vs PC for music production

I'm a musician and occasional composer, and a Windows PC user. I've heard a lot of times about benefits of using a Mac for these purposes. But I wonder: what are these "benefits"?
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Get rid (or die trying) of latency when using a MIDI instrument

I'm using Logic Pro (I have Snow Leopard) and I have a Korg R3 and a VB-99 as music instruments... I use usb connection on both and I would like to have suggestions and ideas to get rid of the latency ...
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How to use my mac and MIDI keyboard as a simple always-on piano

I know how to use my MIDI keyboard in GarageBand for instance and play it with different instruments etc. But what I want is to be able to play a few notes here and there even when I'm in the middle ...
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How can I make my keyboard sound like a Hammond organ?

I have a keyboard. It can play the basic MIDI sounds. I would like it to have a Hammond organ sound. Since I'm not sure if I can upload new sounds to its MIDI bank, I'm looking for a way to 'effect' ...
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Sending microtuned MIDI notes to audio software

I know about the possibility to microtune softwares such as Logic or Pianoteq, connect a regular midi keyboard and be able to play microtuned scales. My question, however, is if I connect an ...
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Is there any algorithmic way to split a piano MIDI into left and right hand parts?

Equivalently, how can I split notes across a staff in the most "correct" way? Something simple would be to just split the parts across a particular note (i.e., middle C), but this would be much less ...
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What is a good freeware MIDI editor for minor changes running on Windows?

I compose music on my CVP-501. I record the tracks on a MIDI (.mid) file and record them as a wave (.wav) file. However, being human, I make mistakes. Plus, my setup for recording could be a lot ...
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Headset balancing sound

I am trying to create a short song but everytime i plugin in my USB headset it is balancing sound so the guitars sound goes up and down in volume everytime the basdrum kicks in or snare, I am using ...
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Why does software-synthesized MIDI music sound so bad?

It seems like converting MIDI into sound should be simple enough: record all possible notes, and then just superimpose the individual sounds according to the MIDI data (offsets, duration and volume), ...
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MIDI: How do I refer to (and search for) software that will play audio from a MIDI piano?

I have a MIDI digital piano that connects to a computer via USB (it also has a normal MIDI out port too) and I'd like to browse for software that lets me play music through my computer's speakers. I ...
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Aiding the transcription of naturally occuring sounds. e.g. Horse whinnying, bird singing, etc

I edited the question extensively. The comments helped me to phrase it to reflect more what I really wanted to ask. .................... I don't have perfect pitch and badly trained and imprecise ...
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Is there any support for microtonality and temperaments in (or beyond) the MIDI specification?

The number of tones (or notes) per 8ve is just one of many potentially customisable aspects of any instrument. Standard midi, however, is pretty much clamped to western 12-tone equal temperament. ...
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What happens technically when you accentuate on a time-signature?

When you have a 4/4 time signature you typically accentuate beats "1" and (minorly) "3" for every measure. On a piano, what does that mean technically? Is beat "1" just louder or is it also a (little) ...
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How does sending MIDI over USB compare to using a dedicated MIDI interface?

Is there an informed comparison between sending MIDI over USB versus directly from MIDI interface on an expansion card - would a MIDI interface on a sound card provide some useful system enhancement ...
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Separate MIDI Drumtrack to edit each part individually

I am using REAPER and Addictive Drums 2 and usually compose full MIDI drum tracks. When I want to edit the individual sounds of the drum kit, AD2 is not very helpful. Of course, I can EQ and compress ...
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How to record MIDI automatically?

I have a Yamaha Disklavier, an acoustic piano with MIDI output. My son improvises on it when he is in the mood, which is quite frequently. It's good stuff and I'd like to capture the MIDI output of ...
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Fixing off-tempo MIDI performance

I'm a producer/composer and I've been tasked with fixing a MIDI file. I'm using Reason 7. There are a number of things not done right, but this one has me stumped. I've been told the BPM is 130.100 ...
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What kind of converter do I need to go from a Yamaha-p105 'USB to Host' to standard MIDI?

I have a Yamaha P-105 piano and an Alesis drum machine. The Yamaha has an out 'USB to Host' for connecting to a computer's USB port. I want to use the keyboard to control the sounds on the Alesis ...
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What is the flash midi player used by musipedia?

Musipedia.org has a flash piano midi player on its site. What is the origin of this player? Is this something they created themselves or is a standard player available from elsewhere? I ask because ...
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It's there a diference between a MIDI instrument and an analogue one?

I'm new to music recordings, and I would love to get a simple midi keyboard for practicing and composing basic stuff. I guess a MIDI keyboard is much better than using the computer keyboard, but I've ...
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Please advice a solution for re-using and modifying drum patterns

In electronic music, loops are used very often - you can take a loop, put into your project, change it somehow and get the work done. As I'm practicing with my guitar at the moment, I'd like to have ...
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Play drums with a MIDI keyboard

How could I use my Novation Ultranova to play various types of drums with the keyboard ? (it does not contain any drum sound) Do I need additional hardware or simply a software with samples? How to ...
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Logic Pro X - Recording From Multiple Controllers

I've figured out that you can connect multiple MIDI keyboards to Logic Pro X so that they each control an individual track by using the MIDI Environment, creating a Physical Input object and attaching ...
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Can I map half my midi controller keyboard to one octave and the other half to a different octave?

I want to play Canon which requires more octaves than the 25 keys. I'm using an Alesis Q25 and Ableton 9 LE.
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Very portable MIDI synth

I was planning to buy a very small MIDI keyboard (akai lpk25). Of course to make it produce sounds, I would need to connect it (via USB) to my laptop. Question: say one day I want to go to the park ...
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Understanding just intonation, Timidity, and Scala

I'm not a programmer but I am working on a program that manipulates music via MIDI files in all sorts of interesting ways. I want to add the ability to use alternate tunings. I even went so far as to ...
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What keys are associated to what drums when connecting keyboard to Roland electronic drum via MIDI?

How do I know which key to press on my keyboard to get the kick drum or the cymbals for example ?
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Alternative to the acoustic drum

I wanted to ask if an electronic drum will work as an alternative to acoustic drum in recording. Because I wanted the cheapest way to record instead of buying mics. And this will be connected through ...
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how do I compute midi stop time

I'm trying to write a program to convert music notation to midi How do I choose the stop time for a midi note? Naively I might expect stop_time := start_time + note_duration but for many instruments ...
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Meaning of values for MIDI control change event

What is the meaning of the two bytes that come at the end of a MIDI control change event? For eg. I have a MIDI file of Chopin prelude no. 7, and the track for Right Piano has one control change ...
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Is there a humane (relatively painless) way to make a midi file sound half-way decent?

This has been bothering me for a while now. I've been trying to create something, using Anvil Studio (perhaps I shouldn't be using it) that doesn't sound mechanical. Specifically, I'm trying to get ...
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Faking a human performance in midi

Whether this question really belongs here or in some other part of StackExchange, I do not know. If the general public or the admins would like to see it moved elsewhere, I'd of course be happy to ...
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Comparing MIDI recordings with real/electric piano notes via microphone

I'm looking to design a mobile app which displays piano notes from a MIDI file and follows the user playing, warning them when they make a mistake and giving them a score at the end. I'm trying to do ...
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Multiple Midi Controllers on the Same Channel (different octaves)

Background I have no experience with midi (other than what I've read online) and I don't yet have any midi equipment to play with (but I have several devices working their way through the mail ...
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How can I make videos of myself playing my keyboard?

I have a privia px 150 keyboard. I want to start recording myself playing so i can show my friends and family videos of my progress. So what I had in mind was film my hands, but record the audio ...
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Making midis off of real songs - syncing tempo

Occasionally throughout a song, the tempo will change by 2-3 BPM, completely throwing off the song. As a result, I have to put the tempo change in the midi itself to sync, but even then it's slightly ...
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In Apple Logic 9, what are “GM Device” tracks?

I'm trying to open a MIDI file in Logic Pro 9, and the tracks are being placed on "GM Device" tracks, which don't have any inserts, meaning I cannot add instruments or effects to them. What are these ...