Discussion in 'General Sequencing' started by BLISS, Mar 1, 2003.
can someone let me know what the difference is please
MIDI File Formats
MIDI files come in 3 variations:
...which contain a single track
... which contain one or more simultaneous tracks
(ie all tracks are to be played simultaneously).
...which contain one or more independant tracks
(ie each track is to be played independantly of the others).
Format 0 MIDI Files
Format 0 MIDI files consist of a header-chunk and a single track-chunk.
The single track chunk will contain all the note and tempo information.
Format 1 MIDI Files
Format 1 MIDI files consist of a header-chunk and one or more track-chunks, with all tracks being played simultaneously.
The first track of a Format 1 file is special, and is also known as the 'Tempo Map'. It should contain all meta-events of the types Time Signature, and Set Tempo. The meta-events Sequence/Track Name, Sequence Number, Marker, and SMTPE Offset. should also be on the first track of a Format 1 file.
Format 2 MIDI Files
Format 2 MIDI files consist of a header-chunk and one or more track-chunks, where each track represents an independant sequence.
Hope this helps
My experience? In format 1 each voice is saved in its own track.... format 1 condenses the voices to one track. I don't know why though. I much prefer format 0 and its what you'll find the most of on this board
Whooo.... naleca's smarte than I by a long shot on this one!
Sorry Jeanie hate to dissappoint you but I copied and pasted from this site
Ha Ha Im not as smart as u thought
thanks for takingtime out to answer this for me. much appreciated.
Nicely done !
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