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MIDI is just a stream of instructions, like: "Tell channel 1 to turn on note 60" "Tell channel 2 to turn off note 72" "Tell channel 3 to set parameter 1 to value 231" There is a set of conventions such as: Channel 1 is piano, 34 is electric bass, etc. Parameter 1 is modulation, 7 is volume, 64 is sustain, etc. This is called General MIDI (Wikipedia). ...


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MIDI is only a specification for what instrument (patch) to use, what notes to play, how long and loud to play a note and other things like tempo, time signature and text lyrics. The concept is very similar to how an old player piano works. The midi data is like the piano roll, the sound you hear is from the physical sound produced when the hammers strike ...


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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), and compress the > result into MP3 or send it to the sound card. And this kind of thinking (the wrong kind, that is) gives you exactly the results you ...


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there are 2 possible problems here. 1) The midi file is created straight from sheet music. every note starts at exactly the right time and lasts the exact duration and all the note velocities are 100. That makes for a song with absolutely no feel. If you have a musician play the song with expressive velocities, tempo variations, arrangement improvements ...


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MIDI-based music will be as good as its designer. It's not that MIDI-based music sound quality is inherently bad; the final results depend on whoever designed the MIDI, and whoever is using it. In other words, if it sounds bad it is because of the people involved with it. Even if you didn't design it and you are just using it you are responsible of its ...


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MIDI is not sound. The MIDI specification does not dictate what any instrument sounds like, it's up to the synthesizer to generate the sound. Free synths sound like crap, but good ones can sound as good as the creators can make them. For example, the Pirates of the Caribbean soundtrack is entirely synthesized, yet most people don't even realize it.


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The free sound fonts typically installed with Timidity are of very mixed quality. Routing playback through some vintage Midi expander of good quality will greatly improve results, routing it through some reasonably current good quality offering will give some more improvements at much more portable hardware size. Naturally, the analog paths involved here ...


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Vocaloid has already been mentioned and it's the most popular solution to date, although it's still quite far from a real voice. There are other apps like VocalWriter, quite old but interesting, or Text to Sing. Lately Realitone released Blue, not a full vocal synthesizer per se, but it includes a word builder and sounds pretty great. You may also want to ...



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