Discussion in 'General Sequencing' started by valeona01, Oct 24, 2003.
how do you make your own midi files, and what kind of program do you need ?
that's a good question! I hope someone can help!
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.
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
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.
i tried widi, but the midi i made was awful :S
i have a little walkstation qy 70 its really cool .....except i cant figure it out!!!!!bloody things are so complicated!!!!!
try finale 2003
finale 2003 is a very good program, but it is quite expensive $600 i believe
I will try thanks!
Sonar I am Still trying to master Pro Audio 9
cakewalk is the best from what i hear
thx a lot
Cakewalk IS the best and easier to learn.
if can't afford Sonar try pro audio9
whats the best usb midi controller
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.
Doc Piano ...
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.
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
the only program that finds my keyboard is Anvil Studio, but it's really crap.... The rest just find nothing :-(..... What should i do?
You need to select the proper device drivers in your other programs. e.g. SBAudigy MIDI Port I
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