Questions tagged [midi]

MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) is a protocol used to allow music hardware, software and other equipment to communicate with each other.

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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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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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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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Cheap way to make sound from a MIDI keyboard, without PC

I have a USB MIDI keyboard which is totally useless when not plugged in into a PC and playing a digital instrument. Is there a cheap way, for example some type of box which has predefined sounds, ...
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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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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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Driving a Novation UltraNova synth via a Yahama synth guitar (G10 ?)

Would it be possible to play on a Yahama syntheziser guitar, and get the sounds and instruments to actually come out of the sound bank of the Novation UltraNovation synthesizer ? (please feel free to ...
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Minimal MIDI digital piano

I'd like to buy my first keyboard instrument. I want a piano touch with 88 keys and MIDI output and otherwise extremely minimal features. I'm hoping this will allow me to experiment with different ...
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What file format does timidity's -Z (or --freq-table) option require?

I'm trying to figure out how to use the "-Z" (or "--freq_table") option of timidity to assign specific frequencies to midi note numbers, but there is no clear documentation online.] How do I specify ...
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Software for microtonal MIDI? [closed]

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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How to play a MIDI controller keyboard on Windows? [duplicate]

I bought a second-hand MIDI controller keyboard recently hoping to be able to plug it in to my Windows laptop and play away. It has not been as easy as I hoped, and I have not been able to get my ...
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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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Understanding MIDI Files

Inverse of this question: Transcribing a Standard MIDI File to sheet music How does one actually make an MIDI file work, as in, what determines the octave and the length of each note? How does the ...
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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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What is `Roland's pitch` and `Yamaha's pitch`? and How to convert notes to them?

I have an assign that convert this sheet to 'Roland's pitch' and 'Yamaha's pitch'. I have no idea about what is Roland's pitch and Yamaha's pitch, neither how to do it. Please let me know. using this ...
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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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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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How do I sync a Digitech SDRUM with a Boss RC-300 looper?

I'm getting a Digitech Sdrum for live looping. I would like to MIDI sync the Sdrum with a Boss RC-300 looper. The Sdrum can only be a MIDI master, not a MIDI slave. In order to slave the RC-300 to ...
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Digital piano via MIDI or USB, what to choose?

I want to buy a digital piano and would like to sometimes play with some DAWs. I have already an audio USB interface, where I can connect a MIDI device to my PC. A lot of digital pianos don't have ...
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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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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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Should I buy Midi controller with pads or with more key? [closed]

I am just starting to make music and i have some limited budget that i could use to buy a midi controller, which i think is pretty nice to have. I have searched online about some midi controller that ...
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How do you sync a Roland Boss RC 300 Loop Station to external rhythm sources?

I'm looking for ways to fatten the sound of the combo I play with. But the band plays tight tempos in strict 32 bar choruses. Is there any way to sync the Roland Boss RC 300 Loop Station to external ...
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How do I send arbitrary MIDI SysEx messages from a Windows laptop to a MIDI device?

I'm thinking of getting a MIDI device that needs to be preprogrammed with MIDI SysEx messages before I can use it. I don't have a MIDI keyboard with that capability. How do I send MIDI SysEx ...
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midi record to score

I am looking for a midi recording and score printing software for my IPad. I have : Ipad. EPiano with Midi Ports. Midi connector box with cables, which works fine with "Home Orchestra". Now I am ...
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How to convert recorded Piano music to midi?

I have recorded the output of an in-built track on my keyboard. It has a few instruments playing in the background, but I am interested in just the piano. How should I convert the recorded .mp3 file ...
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How do I synchronize a Digitech SDRUM with a Tc Helicon VoiceLive 3 looper?

How can I make the MIDI connection between the looper of the Tc Helicon VL3 and the Digitech SDRUM? Does a cable that can do that exist? Maybe there also is some adapter that could help me?