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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Does mac os add 20 ms latency to midi?

I am exploring midi performance on OS X My test rig is a puredata patch that sends a note on on a midi interface, then measure the time it took to come back on another one. I tried different ...
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Midi out from a keyboard to PA on a budget?

My brother has this keyboard that feels great to play, but only has one decent tone. Its only outputs are a 1/8 inch headphone jack OR midi, which got me wondering if there were any hardware units ...
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Using digital piano as MIDI keyboard in Reaper

I have a HP302 Roland digital piano. It has a usb connector that easily plugs into my computer. The problem is, Reaper is not picking up the piano. It sometimes will say something along the lines of:...
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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 a way to change the key press threshold on a MIDI keyboard in Logic pro?

I noticed that the keyboard presses don't feel natural to me (compared to a piano) on my AKAI MPK mini. I think it is because of two things: i have to press a key slightly harder than i'm used to, or ...
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Can you input a MIDI keyboard directly into a computer

I recently purchased a keyboard which only had one output which is a MIDI output, but I do not have an Audio interface that has a USB input, so I was wondering if I can plug my keyboard directly from ...
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Mapping MIDI controllers to Hammond B3 plugin

What are the basic controls that a Hammond B3 virtual instrument plugin would have that are usually assigned to controls on a MIDI controller keyboard? And then it is right to assign the Leslie ...
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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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Software for typesetting and playing free time music

I have composed some "tempo libero" pieces, meaning no time signature and no bars also known as "umeasured". I would like to use the computer to produce typeset scores for this kind of "free time" ...
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Is it possible with any recording software to snap to quarter notes when recording from MIDI keyboard?

I'd like to record some MIDI melodies using my MIDI keyboard, but I'm still very much a beginner in all areas of music, so my timing/rhythm tends to be slightly off. As a result, when I record in ...
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Understanding MIDI text files fields and form

I am trying to understand the midi text files. I did two conversions using the site midi to txt converter, converting a drums only sample and a full midi song. The site gives you two possible formats,...
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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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What types of hardware am I looking for to use my midi controller with a PC?

I bought a novation Impulse 61 midi keyboard, which I use with Ableton Live 9 to play and record. I am very much just a novice at this and I decided to have this setup, because a friend told me, that ...
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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 system)...
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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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Two MIDI files generated by Lilypond output the same audio

When generating the MIDI files for the two Lilypond files below, and then generating the WAV audio files with Timidity (timidity --output-24bit -A120 f.midi -Ow -o f.wav), I can hear no differences ...
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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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Bind keyboard keys to midi controller keys

Is there any program I can use to map keyboard keys to midi controller keys so that I can use my midi controller piano for typing ? The reason I want this is because I am willing to create a virtual ...
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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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How can I convert a Standard MIDI File from Type 1 to Type 0? [closed]

Is there a way to convert a Standard MIDI File (SMF) from Type 1 to Type 0? Obviously, some advanced features might be lost, but that's okay. I imagine there might be a software program which does ...
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Does anyone know of a solid method of converting midi to MP3 through VSTs with presets?

This might be a bit outside of the practice and theory group but I'll give it a shot. I have a need to take some internally-generated MIDI files and convert them to MP3 or WAV, but would prefer to ...
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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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Last note in midi file playing at half the length

I have been given some of the songs from Gilbert and Sullivan's Patience to practice with on an audio CD (not files) and the last note is cut off. I have found the original source, which is a ...
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What's the purpose of time signature information in a MIDI file?

My understanding based on the MIDI spec is that for audio-only playback (i.e. no accompanying visual notes display), the only time information necessary to read from a MIDI file is: The division ...
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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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Using MIDI with Serial Midi Converter using usb to ttl converter

in market we have available usb to ttl converter. So can i use them to send midi signals to usb using This circuit https://irq5.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/midi-sch.png?w=640 connected to the pins of ...
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Is there a key-less synth/midi controller to control and modulate my Yamaha keyboard?

Newbie here. I already own a Yamaha keyboard, which is pretty much like a piano but with all the options for DJ and change of tone etc. I want to be able to modulate pitch and such with modulation ...
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Connecting midi keyboard to pc

Is it possible to connect a midi keyboard to a PC, WITHOUT using a midi to usb cable.. Thus instead using a midi to audio jack cable. And then be able to record midi, for example on a DAW? I tried ...
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Smooth Voicing Leading Explanation

I know what smooth voice leading is, but I'm writing an OS X app that teaches my piano students how to play chords in a gamified way. Just before they play the first level where they have to play ...
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Music Creation Software for Midi and Yamaha Synth

I have a 15 yr old Yamaha Synth and my son is interested in creating Electronic Dance Music. He has a Mac and a USB midi cord to interface with the keyboard. I am looking for some Mac music making ...
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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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How to setup Ivory ii for a live performance?

I am a keyboard player in a traditional music duo. Our act travels all year round and instead of bringing a 88 key fully weighted keyboard on the plane, we usually have it backlined. The problem is ...
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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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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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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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Necessity of Time Signature & Tempo in Music Recording application

I won't go too much into detail regarding the piece of software I'm building, but it's a very small side-project which will allow for the recording of Midi inputs. Currently I'm thinking of displaying ...
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Batch create high quality audio renderings of midi files

I have a bunch of midi files that I would like to convert to audio files through some kind of scripting on OS X. When searching for ways to do this, fluidsynth comes up time and Timidity are two ...
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How to get raw signal from a divided or hexaphonic pickup

I 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 a midi format because midi throws away a lot of ...
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Automatically create choir rehersal files from midi files

I repeatedly create rehearsal files for my choir from midi files, meaning I download a midi file of the song (or create it myself), import it into a sequencer, and then bounce different audio files, ...
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Fixed Gate Time on the MIDI region doesnt provide staccato over the full region

My problem is that I have a MIDI region (few bars of unquantized chords on every beat). I have set the Gate Time in the Inspector to Fixed and waht I get is only some notes are getting staccato, some ...
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Q-Range - the most mysterious parameter of quantization in Logic Pro X?

I'm trying to wrap my head around quantization fine-tuning. The one parameter that I doesnt seem to fully understand (for now :P) is Q-Range. I made some research on the web and some people are ...
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Is there a bug in Event Float in Logic Pro X?

I have an Event List and Event Float open while working on my MIDI part. Here is what I have in Event List and how my first 1/4 of the bar look like: So all thing looks nice, but here is what I'm ...
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How to delete MIDI channel in Logic Pro X?

I'm studying the manual atm and the feature that I tried recently is splitting MIDI regions by pitch. It works fine, but when I removed all tracks that has been created as a result I'm stuck with 16 ...
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Can't see the “MIDI To” and “Midi From” options in Live 9 Suite

I'm trying to follow this tutorial in which I should see a Midi track's output options: but I don't even see the menu options for "MIDI From" and "MIDI To". How do I enable these? I was previously ...
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Controller that only exist 2-controls, pitch bend and modulation

Right now I use my digital piano(yamaha p-35) and a midi-controller behringer umx. I Paired them together so that I can use my behringer functions alongside with my digital piano. But there was a ...
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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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How can I limit the PPQ of my MIDI output?

Is there a solution or software out there that will recieve MIDI data from my MIDI software and patch my MIDI data into to an output device/synth with a PPQ limit? I'm imagining a system where notes ...
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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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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 change tempo of grid in Cubase without affectig MIDI?

I recorded some MIDI using Cubase 5. The tempo of the recording doesn't match that of the underlying grid Cubase displays. How can I change the tempo (spacing) of the grid without affecting the ...