Making your own midi files

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  1. valeona01

    valeona01 New Member

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    how do you make your own midi files, and what kind of program do you need ?
  2. Heaven_Cynt

    Heaven_Cynt New Member

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    that's a good question! I hope someone can help!
  3. Doc Piano

    Doc Piano New Member

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    There are many different manufactures that make programs to create midi files. In the 'music' world, they are called sequencer programs. Some are VERY high dollar music production integrating midi and audio recording used by recording studios from very small to very large (i.e. Sony, ABC, CBS, Mowtown, etc.)

    MIDI is an acronym for Musical Instrument Digital Interface.
    Is is a 'common' language so different 'synthesizers' can 'talk' to each other.
    Commonly there are 16 user channels available (More are there but used for controller information such as volume, etc.)
    The information in MIDI can be analogized to what information is on a printed sheet of music. What notes, what instrument, time signature, etc.

    If I’ve lost you already then you need to get a musician to help you out. Don’t mean that nasty, just good advice. :)

    Try: (Demo version available on their website.)
    Cakewalk (makers of Sonar) (Pro Stuff there) or click on this link where I did a seach for Music Sequencers and found several. www.download.com

    Hope that helps you guys/gals out.
    Cheers,:thumbsup:
  4. jeaniesing

    jeaniesing Super Moderator Staff Member Super Mod

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    www.noteworthycomposer.com
    www.anvilstudios.com

    And YAY Doc Piano.... very well answered, you're my new hero :)

    Me personally? I start with the bass line then work my way up when I'm listening to a tune and sequencing... but drop the drums in close to last 'cause I'm just lousy at them ;)
  5. norris108

    norris108 Member

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    I'm using Cakewalk Sonar for composing MIDI files.

    If I'm making a cover version of a song, I import the wav/mp3 into an audio track, then spend a bit of time getting the tempo right.

    Then I start composing. I usually start with the drum track, then the vocal track, then build up the rest of the tracks from there.

    I'd definitely recommend Sonar, although I've never used any other sequencers, so I can't compare Sonar to any others, but Sonar does everything I want it to do, and in my opinion is easy to use.
  6. Cris1457900

    Cris1457900 New Member

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    sweet

    cool thx
  7. kasumita

    kasumita New Member

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    i tried widi, but the midi i made was awful :S
  8. fuzzbox_51

    fuzzbox_51 New Member

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    i have a little walkstation qy 70 its really cool .....except i cant figure it out!!!!!bloody things are so complicated!!!!!
  9. tunafish9943

    tunafish9943 New Member

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    try finale 2003

    finale 2003 is a very good program, but it is quite expensive $600 i believe
  10. ThunderBolt

    ThunderBolt New Member

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    I will try thanks!
  11. Strider

    Strider Guest

    Sonar I am Still trying to master Pro Audio 9
  12. justin611

    justin611 New Member

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    cakewalk is the best from what i hear
  13. nycdynamix

    nycdynamix New Member

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  14. Dado

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    Cakewalk IS the best and easier to learn.
    if can't afford Sonar try pro audio9
  15. thesilencegu

    thesilencegu New Member

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    controller

    whats the best usb midi controller
  16. Doc Piano

    Doc Piano New Member

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    Well, a good answer to that question would require a bit more info before I could give a recommendation. Are you a pinao player now? Do you mind if the action is Electrionic (Easy to play like an organ) or would you prefer a "piano" type heavy-weighted fell to the keyboard.? DO you need extra contols for assigning to different conrtoller messages or are you just wanting something to play to lay down tracks?
    Prices vary largely upon these questions. <G>
    Let me know.
    Cheers,
    Doc Piano ...
  17. johnrowley

    johnrowley Member

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    Have used cakewalk in the past for sequencing but use Cubase variants. For score I use Amadeus Opus Lite (I think Finale have now taken it over). Good questions Doc Piano. usb midi controller could be any touch sensitive keyboard for general input, but if you want piano weighted keys, that is more expensive.
  18. tegman1

    tegman1 New Member

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    I suck....

    I tried using various software to convert wav files to midi files but they sounded horrible. Yhey need to make a simple program that converts it correctly the first time :)
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    Help

    the only program that finds my keyboard is Anvil Studio, but it's really crap.... The rest just find nothing :-(..... What should i do?
  20. Zandro

    Zandro New Member

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    You need to select the proper device drivers in your other programs. e.g. SBAudigy MIDI Port I
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2003

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