Sequencing MIDI FAQ - Creation Contest Thread

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  1. tavenger5

    tavenger5 Mr Admin Guy Staff Member Admin

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    This is a contest!! I would like to collect a list of common MIDI sequencing, hardware and software questions and answers

    If your question (with answer) is used in the FAQ you will be paid $100 MB cash per question.

    Please put your responses here! (you can also add or suggest questions for the general midi category)
  2. rknrne

    rknrne Active Member

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    What is the easiest wat to insert a count in beat like 1234
    2&3&.. to a song that has no intro count.
    What is the best instrument to use for count in
  3. -Mm-

    -Mm- New Member

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    He didn't answer it...so i will.
    :::CAKEWALK:::
    The best instrument to use for a count in is the drums(ch10)...
    If you want a count in to a song, simply click on Options - Project, click on the metronome tab and you can change all the options there to suit your needs...
  4. tavenger5

    tavenger5 Mr Admin Guy Staff Member Admin

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    Is anyone interested in this? :confused2
  5. theARTiSAN

    theARTiSAN Administrator Staff Member Super Mod

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    Just trying to think of good questions I've seen recently...
    Other than "what midi software you guyz use?"

    Q: What midi sequencing software do U Guyz use?
    A: http://board.midibuddy.net/search.php?s=

    J/K

    JUST for Hardware and Software John?
  6. ZelRiptha

    ZelRiptha Thnow White but I drifted Staff Member Super Mod

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    Seems like a good idea, everyone feeling lazy? :eek:

    I'll try and think of a few, since I posted some things like that already in the sequencing forum.

    ZR
  7. ZelRiptha

    ZelRiptha Thnow White but I drifted Staff Member Super Mod

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    Okay here's one I answered in the General Sequencing Forum:

    Q:
    A: Off the top of my head here are a few I've tried:

    1. Vary the tempo a bit, especially in free-sounding passages - it keeps the tune from sounding mechanically precise.
    2. This may mot help if you've got a nice synth, but doubling parts with differing patches helps beef up the sound. You can also slide one part out a few ticks to give the sound some depth as well.
    3. If you're entering notes by hand (i.e., not playing them), avoid the all-velocities-the-same effect. It makes the tune sound stale and mechanical. Especially avoid setting volume to 127 and using high velocities on all notes - that just sounds bad.
    4. If you take the time to get your articulation right, whether you're playing or entering notes, the tune will seem much more alive (with percussion it's about timing - something I could work on myself).
    5. Use the the volume controller on each channel to balance the voices in the song, use note velocity and expression controllers if you want to vary volume in a musical line.

    That's enough off the top of my head - some further reading is available here:
    http://www.borg.com/~jglatt/tutr/miditutr.htm

    .............

    Of course, the answer could be spruced up a bit, but I think it's quite a valuable question that most sequencers ask.
  8. voice of god

    voice of god Prodigal Pyjamas Pervert Staff Member Super Mod

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    hmmmm... how bout

    What is the best midi editing program?

    There seems to be 3 good ones - Logic Audio, Cubase and Cakewalk
  9. Ron Roos

    Ron Roos New Member

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    intro ticks

    You don't need to count in using an instrument voice.... You can use midi ticks which are audible while you compose, but silent, after you save the midi file.... Come in on 5, after 4 ticks.

    RR
  10. ZelRiptha

    ZelRiptha Thnow White but I drifted Staff Member Super Mod

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    Here's another famous one hereabouts:

    Q:
    A: Please note this is a variation of a somewhat frequently asked question in this forum. You might note the following thread:

    http://board.midibuddy.net/t6209.html

    It addresses the question "How do I convert a WAV file to a MIDI file?", which is similar.

    It should be noted also that converting any sort of digital audio file into a MIDI file is a problematic, complex, and difficult process. The results using current technology are not especially good. There are a few programs that attempt to do so, but their efforts could most accurately be thought of as R & D, thus not elegant, efficient, or in some cases, even useful.

    As others have mentioned, you'd probably be best served by creating a MIDI file by ear, or seaching the web for someone else who has. Of course, you can convert your MP3 to WAV and give the above-mentioned program a spin. Odds are, the results will not impress you overly much.

    ZR
  11. android17

    android17 New Member

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    questions are hard to think of
  12. theARTiSAN

    theARTiSAN Administrator Staff Member Super Mod

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    Should these be broken down into software-specific sections?
    The answers for a Cubase user are going to be different than a Sonar user... Or perhaps the answers should include solutions for different software packages?
  13. tavenger5

    tavenger5 Mr Admin Guy Staff Member Admin

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    if we can get enough questions for each software package... humm..

    Zel, you're winning ;)
  14. ZelRiptha

    ZelRiptha Thnow White but I drifted Staff Member Super Mod

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    Heh! Just found this while looking for something else. Any other entries? :laugh:

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